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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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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 !


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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.

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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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Postponing trip to Germany – recommends for Oktoberfest?

Deleting this post because I should’ve done my research before posting. Duh.

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Italy is in total lockdown now

We are now on a much more restricted (nation wide) lockdown, due to last for two weeks. All shops, bars, and restaurants are closed, except for groceries, pharmacies, and newsvendors.

You can leave home to go to work, although, where possibile, working from home is recommended. You can leave home to care for relatives who are not self-sufficient. You can shop for food, medicine, or newspapers and magazines.

You can take a walk, solo, not with other people, and you can walk your dog. You can’t associate with others when away from home, except as necessary for work or shopping.

Whenever you’re outside your home you have to carry a certificate, which you can download and compile, attesting a valid reason for being outside. Failure to establish a valid reason can result in heavy fines.

A large number of people fled from northern Italy last weekend, when the first restrictions were about to take effect. They headed to family or to vacation homes in the south. They are not being welcomed with open arms. Many have been reported, sometimes by relatives, and they are fined and put in quarantine.
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A Trip to Sweden

I`ve been planning a trip to Sweden for a long time and now this coronavirus and all this stuff… So, how about Sweden? Will I be able to come there? Or the country has closed its borders?

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