Happy St Patrick's Day

From one of my favourite venues in Dublin @TheChurch

It’s still St Patrick’s day,

A day when the whole world wants to be Irish,

A day when we show the world what it’s like to be Irish,

A land of sweeping green fields, tall cliffs and crashing waves,

A land of rebels and fighters who never gave up,

A land where the world wants to call home & claims it as such,
A land of saints and of scholars of poets and playwrights,

The home of the Pint, The home of the pub,

There’s no one does it better
The craic and the ceol,

The dancing and laughter,

It’s all still here, it’s not gone away,

It’s all just on pause,

Till we win just one more fight,

Then we will be back with a bang,

And the whole world will say

I wish I was Irish, even just for a day.

Happy St Patrick’s day,

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Advice on where to stay: Englewood, FL

I plan to be in this area for 2 nights April 30 and May 1. Purpose of being here is to spend time on Stump Pass Beach and Blind Pass Beach.
My daughter and I would like to stay in a clean and quiet motel in Englewood. I know it may be hot at this time of year and would prefer a quiet air conditioning
unit rather than a motel from the 50’s that has a loud air conditioning. We would consider a motel room or a cottage. I would like to keep the rate below $90 a night.
Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Italians renouncing concert and museum refunds

This morning on the news I heard of a laudible and altruistic gesture. Many Italians who had concert, theatre, and museum tickets cancelled are renouncing their right to a refund, knowing that these institutions were already struggling to stay afloat. We intend to do the same.

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Where to go?

I`d like to find out from more experienced travelers where it would be safer to travel? Which countries have not closed their borders yet? Sitting at home and not going anywhere is a rather bad idea for me. I`m going to have a planned vacation and want to spend it somewhere far from my country.

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Italy fights back !


You Tube

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Trip Report Sicily 2002 – A Trip of Miracles

As more folks are planning trips to Sicily, I keep wishing I had been a participant with Fodor’s at the time DH and I visited that amazing place. We traveled from Palermo to Siracusa by bus, then took the train to Sorrento. Although we missed the Villa del Casale because of bus/timing problems, I beseech you to google it.

I always made scrapbooks of our trips. At that time, my camera was a lumex whose film was little disks! I have scanned the pages and will experiment on the first day to see if you can read the jpgs and even think it’s worth doing! I will scan the Monreale photos–another must see in the Palermo area

Here goes:

The uploads didn’t go in exact order. We took a bus from the Palermo airport to a stop near our hotel. This was our room and when I realized I’d left my duffel on the bus!

Our flights were from Dulles to Heathrow to Rome to Palermo. Boy we had to power walk to catch the Palermo plane but we made it:

From the hotel:

We unpacked and taxied to the massive Cathedral:

From the Cathedral, we walked through a lovely park on our way to Capella Palatino:

It was very dark (and my camera sucked by today’s digital standards) but this was another ‘don’t miss’ IMO:

Back to the hotel:

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Quarantined Italians sing to each other from balconies

Cross posted from the Lounge. Some inspiring news about the virus for a change.

At the end of the clip, videos from China expressing solidarity with Italy.

You Tube

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How many have received one of those extortion emails?

Found one in my junk mail today. I do not look there often, so it is probably not the first.

They claim to know your password ( they don’t) and to have a screenshot video of you “enjoying” porn along with a split screen of the purported porn. Demand 2000bitcoins within 24 hours, or the video goes to all your contacts. The font is interesting—some of the letters are in the Cyrillic alphabet.

I have seen mention of this here before, but I am curious how common this is now. Needless to say I will not respond!

Just something to talk about instead of coronavirus. We should be in Italy right now, but we are glad we are not.

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Trump extends travel ban to UK and Ireland

https://www.theguardian.com/world/li…st-update-news

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All arriving in NZ must self-isolate

There are a few exceptions. Please read this:
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/a…ectid=12316692

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