The “White Zulu” of South Africa: A Tribute to Johnny Clegg

    Nelson Mandela.  Desmond Tutu.  These two must be among the biggest names of our time. Both proudly South African.  Both closely connected to Cape Town.  Both statesmen of the world.  And both at the heart of the stories we’ll […]

    Italy tour – Ciao Italy!

    By Len Friesen, tour leader So it has come to this, as it does with all trips and all good things.  We have reached the end of our time together.  We head for the airport in Milan in about […]

    Italy Tour – In the Aftermath of the Notre Dame fire

    By Len Friesen, Tour Leader In the Aftermath of the Notre Dame fire: The fire that devastated Notre Dame yesterday is a reminder of how fragile our supposedly “timeless treasures” are.  Beautiful structures can last a thousand years, then […]

    Italy Tour – Venice

    By Len Friesen, Tour Leader We have shaped the tour thus far around a key premise:  “Rome, Assisi, and Florence may be Italian cities but they are really world cities.  They are part of all of our heritage.” But […]

    Italy Tour – Florence: Michelangelo, and the Italian Masters

    By Len Friesen, Tour Leader We were out the door early this morning as we visited the Academia Gallery.  There we saw Michelangelo’s “David” as we told the story of this remarkable monument.  But we also saw the 4 […]

    Italy Tour – Leaving Assisi. Sitting at the Train Station. Waiting for the Train to Florence.

    By Len Friesen, Tour Leader So we’re waiting at the Assisi train station, which really isn’t in Assisi.  We’re waiting for the train that will take us to Florence for the next stop on our most excellent journey.  People […]

    Italy Tour – The Splendour of Assisi

    By Len Friesen, Tour Leader I missed a day of blogging and feel as if I am a month behind… so much happens on a trip like this. But yesterday we said good-bye to Rome, a city packed more […]

    Italy Tour – Catholic Rome

    By Len Friesen, Tour Leader Today was set aside for “Catholic” Rome.  This meant an early morning start as we made our way (by city bus, then a walk) to St. Peter’s Basilica.   We got there early enough to […]

    Italy Tour – Rome: Ancient Rome, baroque Rome

    By Len Friesen, Tour Leader This has been the kind of day (as often happens on TourMagination tours actually) when I’m going to find it hard to write a blog.  It won’t be easy because the day has been […]

    Italy Tour – Rome, the Eternal City

    By Len Friesen, Tour Leader So we have arrived and our group is now fully engaged.  We gathered in Rome early today from the east coast of Canada to the west of both Canada and the US, and some […]

    Italy Tour – From Anticipation to Reality

    By Len Friesen, tour leader So this is the first blog entry for TourMagination’s “Bella Terra” Italy trip for 2019.  That’s perhaps odd as the trip hasn’t started yet(!).   In fact, we only head for the airport later this […]