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About cityoflu

Secret Agent Lu likes travelling, reading, neuroses (all kinds), the Orient, cities, feet and science.

The Book Club

Two months ago I hosted a book club event at a local bookshop. It was an open book club, that is, anyone could come along provided they were willing to participate in English. The book in question was called The … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Why do you read books? Curiosity? Entertainment? To get out of your head and into someone else’s? Sometimes I read books because I think they’ll be good for me. That’s why I picked up One Hundred Years of Solitude.  Curiosity … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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What to eat in Rome

What to eat in Rome? If you want to eat well in a foreign city, it’s always a good idea to do some research before you go. I didn’t do any research before going to Rome. Slight mistake. But Rome … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Rome

A Roman breakfast is not a gentle start to the day. On our recent stay in the Eternal City (2 months ago is recent, right?), our budget hotel gave us vouchers for breakfast at the bar downstairs. The bar was … Continue reading

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Via Margutta, Rome

Via Margutta is a particularly pretty Roman Street between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna. Faded yellow and terracotta buildings, 3 and 4 storeys high, line the narrow laneway. Long, thick vines trail down walls and over archways, their … Continue reading

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When in Rome

On a grey morning in late October, we caught a series of trains (Mantova-Modena-Bologna-Rome) to Italy’s ancient capital. By lunchtime we were eating at an outdoor table at a Roman restaurant. The waiters were those elderly/middle-aged Italian guys that you … Continue reading

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On Being 47

Looking Back 46 is already behind me and now I am 47; newly 47. Today is my birthday. 46 was a good year. I moved into a new house. I worked hard. I visited Paris, Sicily and Rome (more on … Continue reading

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New Red Kitchen

About one year ago, we moved into a lovely new house and one of its many delightful features is the new red kitchen. Actually, only the kitchen cabinets are red, but such is their glossy lustre that the entire room … Continue reading

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