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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Rome at NIght



The city is just so lovely at night that we can't help stopping to capture it. Luckily the Favorite Person has a steadier hand than I do so any good night shots are certainly his. 


As you can see, the Castel Sant'Angelo was breathtaking at dusk with flocks of birds framing it from above. No wonder the Roman love their leisurely evening passeggiata, even in winter. The images speak for themselves, so here's some of what we've been looking at in the evenings here in Rome.

Here's the magnificent Piazza Navona.
Even the "Wedding Cake" looks better at night!
A few days ago we came out of the Metro  and found ourselves facing the Coliseum at dusk. If you're wondering why you're only getting a sliver of it, it's because most of it is currently under scaffolding.

There are just so many incredible sights just around the next corner…who wouldn't love Rome when there's so much to see. Here's what we passed on our way out for a pizza, really!
With the threatening sky and the grass in front this looks like a ruin in the country side rather than a site in the middle of Rome right next to the main synagogue.

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