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Andalusia # 3 Seneca.

Spain’s LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA “All cruelty springs from weakness.” -Seneca      Before leaving the subject of Andalusia, I can’t resist mentioning Seneca—Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 B.C.-A.D. 65)—the Córdoban-born Stoic philosopher, orator, essayist, playwright and poet, who some consider to … Continue reading

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Andalusia #2

Below are two of the greatest buildings that the Moors (an inexact but now generally accepted term to describe the early Muslims/Arabs who invaded Spain) left behind:  Córdoba’s Mezquita and the palace of Alhambra in Granada. The Great Mosque, the … Continue reading

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ANDALUSIA

Andalucía  “It is no exaggeration to say that what we presumptuously call ‘Western’ culture is owed in large measure to the Andalusian enlightenment.” -Christopher Hitchens, The Nation      When my friends Tom and Barbara first shared with me the riveting … Continue reading

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On the Road Again- Garmisch-Partenkirchen

We all know the world teems with wondrous places.  There are those I portray in my book 7 ½ Places of Wonder:  Munich, Dubai, Florence, Andalusia, Oxford, Jerusalem, St. Petersburg, and Stockholm, but there are also lesser known locales that … Continue reading

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Brussels’ FLEA MARKETS

  . . .pleasant was it then to stray down the peaceful alleys, and hear the bells of St. Jean Baptiste peal out with their sweet, soft, exalted sound. —Charlotte Brontë  (Vilette,1853)       Brussels, founded in A.D. 979, is not … Continue reading

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Women Traveling Solo: Pros & Cons plus Tips.

“One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are.”  —Edith Wharton        People often ask me what it’s like to do all the traveling that I do alone.  The truth … Continue reading

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Oxford, England

 “Oxford is on the whole more attractive than Cambridge . . . and the traveler is therefore recommended to visit Cambridge first or to omit it altogether if he cannot visit both.”—Baedeker’s Great Britain (1887) An aspect of travel that … Continue reading

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OXFORD

 Oxford England “There is nothing in England to be matched with what lurks in the vapours of these meadows, and in the shadows of these spires—that mysterious, inalienable spirit, spirit of Oxford.  Oxford!  The very sight of the word printed, … Continue reading

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Two Romantic Places

TWO ROMANTIC PLACES      When my publisher asked me to blog about romantic places, I first had to decide what constitutes a “romantic place.”  Is such a place just about falling in love with another person or can a “romantic … Continue reading

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Capalbio: A Village in Tuscany

     Recently my niece Cara, who lives in Rome, invited me to visit her and her family in the Comune di Capalbio, a Tuscan township, dating back to A.D. 805, about an hour north of the Eternal City.  It’s in … Continue reading

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