The Catalogue

The Catalogue

Bus Stop Cafe

The Catalogue

The Catalogue

(to be continued…from STORYBOOK ©)


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Chiara's Story

Metro Smile

Amelie Nothomb

Natalia Ginzburg

Family Lexicon

Gwendolyn Brooks

The Doll Test

For Colored Only

(to be continued…from STORYBOOK ©)


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Courbet, Cezanne, Turner


The Cadillac Walk

Agatha's -Friends

Luz Corazzini's Time Machine

Luz & Hugh

(to be continued…from STORYBOOK ©)


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Villa Ada

Villa Ada, Roma

Parisol Pines at Villa Ada

Villa Ada is the second largest park in Rome. The wooded area was once owned by the Savoia family and home to the royal residence from 1872 to 1878. But the Savoys had to give it up to Count Tellfner of Switzerland who name the park “Ada” in honor of his wife. The Savoys regained control of the land. That is, until 1946 when everything changed.

Villa Ada, Egyptian Embassy

Egyptian Embassy, Villa Ada, Rome

Their residence, Villa Savoia, is now the Egyptian Embassy. At its entrance you will often find guards with guns.

There’s also a bunker on the ground that was constructed for the royal family during WWII to protect them from Allied bombs.

It was here at Villa Savoia that one hot afternoon in July, 1943 Mussolini was arrested.

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Villa Ada entrance on Via Salaria (zona Parioli 2)

Villa Ada Pines

Parisol Pines

Villa Ada, Roma

Tree with Knot

Villa Ada, Egyptian Embassy

Egyptian Embassy

Villa Ada, Roma

Egyptian Embassy from a distance

Weeping Willow at Villa Ada

Weeping Willow

Villa Ada, Roma

Villa Ada palms

Villa Ada Bench

Repaired Bench






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My Balcony Jungle

Balcony Garden

Yuccas dominate my balcony garden. But, thanks to the lockdown, I’ve been trying to grow food as well. In the foreground is a lemon tree I started from seed. It has yet to produce lemons, not even one flower. Keith Richards planted some pips from a supermarket lemon that grew into a tree. He germinated the tree’s flowers by hand and, said Keith, they produced lemons the size of grapefruits. Unfortunately, my tree that’s been around for a few years, has never produced even one flower. But I also started an apricot from a pit and it has fruit on its skinny little branches.

Other plants in this area include lettuce, mint, bell peppers, tomatoes, basil, garlic, and, I believe, a broccoli sprouts plant that I started from a grocery store sprout. During the first phase of the lockdown, it was impossible to buy seeds so I experimented propagating store bought vegetables.

The yuccas cast intriguing shadows on the wall. And the sun hitting on the orange wall makes everything glow. Rome is known for having a special natural light. Maybe so many residential buildings in Rome are ochre or burnt orange in order to intensify this color. Just the opposite of Paris. The natural light there is a bit greyish and blue. The grey white of the buildings helps to reflect the light.

The best thing about my balcony garden is that it helps me maintain an inner balance. You plant a seed, give it water, place it in the sunlight, and it grows for you. It shows you what the basics in life really are. So whenever the terrible events we’ve been witnessing put cracks in my thoughts, I go on the balcony and water my plants.


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