• Gozo, May 2018

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1 Permalink 1

    Probably the most important thing to know about Gozo is that in the middle of the 16th century, in only a few fateful days, a great majority of the population was carted away into slavery and never retrieved. A few brave souls escaped by rappelling down a wall so terrifying that I did not take ...

  • Malta, May 2018

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 0 Permalink 0

    Our English classes reveled in Malta, though perhaps reveling too much is Malta's great scourge. It is a place so tromped-over for millennia that it lacks much of a soul. The modern English and French and Italian highrise partygoers do not help revive it. I was at times sorry to add to that burden. But the traditional ...

  • Smoky Mountain Trails

    Monday, September 18, 2017 2 Permalink 0

    We learned several things about our current selves and our place in the world on the trail this last full moon: We are too old to hike 20 miles a day on rugged terrain carrying 60-lb packs. We were more sedentary than planned, and there are many more photos of fungus than mountaintop vistas for ...

  • Friends, frolics, fossils

    Friday, May 5, 2017 1 Permalink 0

    We have had a few weeks of visitors and lots of sightseeing, in addition to getting the garden into shape for the season. Today we are just back from Andorra and the cavepainting site at Niaux, which I have wanted to see for years, and now finally have. It did not disappoint. Photos are not allowed inside the ...

  • Things we saw at the Museo del Prado

    Thursday, March 2, 2017 4 Permalink 0

    Visiting the Prado in Madrid was one of the major museum experiences of this major museum junkie's life. There were tears and there was laughter. There were feet so sore we barely made it to the end, but we saw every room, every piece on exhibit. Every single one. M was a trooper! It probably helped that I ...

  • Back from Spain

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017 4 Permalink 0

    We are home from a birthday tour of Madrid and Toledo. The photos include many sunny spring memories of food, escapades and ruins, including a 1st-century Roman bath now visible under the transparent floor of a clothing boutique: shopping as an exercise in steady nerves. We thoroughly searched the entire Prado museum, a lifelong goal - ...

  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Overseas Edition

    Sunday, November 8, 2015 3 Permalink 0

    A rose by any other name... still has thorns It is hard to imagine, in pastoral moments driving the beautiful country roads around here, why the ancestors chose to describe their environs with such sinister bleakness, but the place names in translation map with uncanny exactitude to the names I grew up with in the colonies settled ...

  • Two forts

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 4 Permalink 0

    Jean Lafitte The ruin we called Jean Lafitte's Fort. Photo by Edibobb, Wiki Commons. When I was a child in Louisiana we were let to play sometimes at an abandoned brick fort on the next island over. It was sinking into the sand and our imaginations ran wild, scurrying under the arches lapped by sea water, down ramparts, along ...