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The City of Gaudi

February 22, 2013

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The city of Gaudi is Barcelona, of course.  The works of architect Antoni Gaudi are among the dominant images of that city, especially his magnificent Sagrada Família, unfinished at his death and still, even today, under construction.  Guidebooks and post cards use the Sagrada Família to represent Barcelona almost as iconically as the Eiffel Tower represents Paris. […]

Sir Francis Drake’s Voyage Around the World

October 12, 2012

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Narrative by Francis Pretty, One of Drake’s Gentlemen-at-Arms.  The FAMOUS VOYAGE of Sir FRANCIS DRAKE into the South Sea, and therehence about the whole Globe of the Earth, begun in the year of our Lord 1577. The 15th day of November, in the year of our Lord 1577, Master Francis Drake, with a fleet of five […]

Gun Laws? Just Don’t Go There

January 10, 2011

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My response to the USA’s gun laws is simple–a disinclination to go there. This is not at all for political reasons, since, whether I agree with the tenor of American politics or not, I have visited places with far worse political and social landscapes, both at home and abroad. No, my hesitation to visit the […]

Barcelona Garden, 2001–‘wild things’ & cactus

May 22, 2010

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If you walk south from the harbour in Barcelona, you will find an area devoted to park.  You pass a ridge, rocks layered in two directions.    Further on is a public garden featuring cactus. My daughter and I first encountered this garden in 1999, but we came upon it when it was getting dark.   […]

Postcard from Genoa – July 2001

February 19, 2010

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The sharp-eyed, and philatelists, will have noted that the above postcard was actually mailed from the Vatican.  The guide books tout the Vatican postal service as much more efficient than the Italian.  If I’m in Italy, and passing through Rome, I usually take advantage of the Vatican postal service. Note the elegant Vatican stamp, featuring […]

El-Jem, Tunisia — 2001 — A Roman Coliseum in the North African Desert

January 30, 2010

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Something which I can now say to my friends (while raising puzzled eyebrows): "You mean there's a coliseum in Rome, too?"