Travel Roads updates

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4th of July,
America the Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea

Mid Summer in Sweden


Because Midsummer was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally, young people pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health. Greenery placed over houses and barns were supposed to bring good fortune and health to people and livestock; this old tradition of decorating with greens continues, even though most don’t take it seriously. To decorate with greens was called att maja (to may) and may be the origin of the word majstång,maja coming originally from the month May. Other researchers say the term came from German merchants who raised the maypole in June because the Swedish climate made it impossible to find the necessary greens and flowers in May, and continued to call it a maypole. Today, however, it is most commonly called a “midsommarstång” (literally midsummer’s pole).

Memorial day Poems


©2002 Roger W Hancock (

Ring the Bells of Freedom,
and liberty tolls for we.
Quench the Ring of Freedom,
and oppression tolls for thee.

‘Not Free’

©2002 Roger W Hancock (

Nothing is ever free,
though to you it be.
Somewhere, somehow,
someone paid.

Miami in the high blue

‘Histoires sans paroles’

Week-end in Washington DC, brief encounter with a president

It’s a mild April Saturday night in Washington D.C.

Here we are, my husband and I strolling down the boulevard, looking forward to nice dinner.

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Suddenly, there is no way to cross, police cars all over, blocking traffic, police women and men in the middle of the street, helicopter circling over our heads.

Well, I think we are just up from 16th Pennsylvania Avenue crossing, so , it could be The President, going somewhere … may be ..

Many others are stopping like us, waiting now , for a few minutes….

Yes here he is, the speed cortege of black SUV and limousines, driving fast but leaving enough time to catch a quick glimpse of a profile.

It’s him, in elegant tuxedo passing just for a short unexpected moment.

A short moment to feel the power, the people around cheering, like saying hi, Mr. President!!!

I am sure he would say hi back!

And then they are gone, and we all go on with our evening.

I can’t help it, I have a pinch of pride in my heart…this brief encounter made me really happy tonight.

Magic !! A talking Apple Tree in the Enchanted Gardens in Las Vegas !!

My sister Vittoria (she came for a Thanksgiving visit from Italy) wanted to discover the Grand Canyon and… Las Vegas. First time in her life into the Wild West. How could I miss it?

Pictures on the Net, magazines and books could not prepare her to the beauty of the land and the beat of a worldwide known American town full of lights and dedicated to fun really faboulous fun !!

Magic, Magic, everywhere!!!

even for me, the second time around… my eyes full of lights, music, beauty!!

Enchanted Gardens  continues …

and then, AMERICA’ s land  BEAUTY 
“Somewhere over the rainbow…” says the song… there is some truth to it..

One comment on “Travel Roads updates

  1. Lovely photos to be admired. I make comment about spending midsummer in Sweden and in Finland. Although we are neighbors we have different habits to spend a midsummer.

    Maybe my post from last summer tells it better:


    Belle journée!

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