Glamorous MonacoThe castle where Monaco startedThe casino is reflected in the mirrored globeThe casino interior (or at least what you can see if you don't pay to gamble) Everyone knows Monaco, famous for glamorous casinos and the rich and famous, but few people have heard of Menton, its French neighbor. And yet Menton is the … Continue reading How Lemons (and Menton) Made Monaco Famous
Conventional wisdom says that Queen Victoria (or more accurately, Prince Albert) invented our modern Christmas traditions – the Christmas tree, carol singing and more. But that’s misleading since many of our holiday customs (and even foods) date back into the Middle Ages (or even earlier). It turns out that a Tudor Christmas was remarkably like … Continue reading Want Some Brawn at Your Christmas Dinner?
I've found two new tech tips that have made my travels so much easier! One is thanks to my cousin, Lisa, who showed me I can use my cell phone's data plan to create a wi-fi hot spot to connect my laptop to the Internet. (This was necessitated because my flat in Lucca didn't exactly … Continue reading Two new tech discoveries
When most people say they've had their fill of museums, they perhaps mean that one Phoenician pottery shard has started to look like every other Phoenician pottery shard. Or if they have to look at another still life of dead pheasants, they'll scream. When you're in Bruges and you say that, however, you may be … Continue reading Sweet, sweet Bruges
On my first sight of Bruges, I thought, "Oh, this is cute". On my second look, all I could see was tourists, and I thought, "Oh, this doesn't look good." On my third look, walking around the streets, I thought, "By all that's unholy, I may just overdose on chocolate over the next three days!" … Continue reading Bruges must be chocolate heaven
This is a World War I site with original and partially restored trenches outside Ieper, Belgium (called "Wipers" by the British soldiers of the time). The woods gave temporary sanctuary from German guns (hence the name) during the various battles that raged through what is now peaceful Belgian countryside. One of the first … Continue reading In Flanders Fields – Visiting Sanctuary Wood
I love gadgets -- I bought one of the first Pong games (from Sears, still have it in a box), tried out interactive TV when it was a great idea but nobody knew what to do with it, bought a Fat Mac (the "big" 512k version) and was on GEnie and CompuServe waaaay before the Internet … Continue reading Travel gadgets — I can’t leave home without them
I've found a new electronic goodie, that I think will let me post my perambulations here. Let's see if it works. If it does, there should be a map of my first scenic drive yesterday. I don't think I started it when I left Honfleur, so it picks up somewhere along the way to Lisieux, … Continue reading Tracking my adventures
I encountered a new (to me) way of doing cinnamon toast today, at a little cafe in St. Ives (Cornwall). They made it like a panini, so you get a little grilled cinnamon sandwich. Because the British use a fairly thin bread anyway (their thick sliced bread is our normal sandwich slice), and the panini … Continue reading Best cinnamon toast, ever
Why, I've been to Royal Ascot to see the Queen! (but more about her, later...) I thought that attending the horse races at Royal Ascot would be a bit of a lark, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend a glamorous event, like the Oscars. I thought there would be a fair number of "regular" people like … Continue reading Pussy cat, pussy cat where have you been?