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France, Autumn 2015 – A Photo Essay

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November 22, 2015
France, Autumn 2015 – A Photo Essay

The images in this photo essay are presented randomly beginning with the streets of “The City of Light” and skipping to the South of France (Le Midi) where Leola and I spent time exploring the hilltop villages of Provence, the chateaux of the Dordogne, and the markets of Nice. What we saw through our...
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A Cold Spring in Paris – Travel Essays

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March 29, 2015

Sometime in the early 2000, my daughter Alex and I travelled to Paris from Neuchatel, Switzerland, where she was studying to complete her high school diploma. I had been to Paris three or four times before, but she had not visited. For three days we roamed the great city, seeing the grand sites, searching...
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Time – A Yannis Ritsos Poem

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October 29, 2013
Time – A Yannis Ritsos Poem

We have immersed ourselves in the poetry of Yannis Ritsos, acknowledged as one of the great Grecian poets of the last century, and are reliving our recent trip to Peloponnesian towns in Greece through him. “Time” is taken from his collection of 36 poems in the book Monovasia which has been published with the...
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Shrewless Padua – A Travel Essay

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October 24, 2012
Shrewless Padua – A Travel Essay

The B&B website made it sound perfect. A ground-floor suite with all the amenities – laundry, kitchen, sitting area, etc – and it was close to buses that would take us to trains that would get us to various destinations in northern Italy. The problem: it was in Padua. The lovely and enchanting Venice...
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Panic in Rome – A Travel Essay

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October 22, 2012
Panic in Rome – A Travel Essay

He was a nice-looking young man, about mid-20s, well-coifed, shortish hair, wearing a dark blue blazer, newish, over a pair of trendy jeans with those purposely faded areas at the knees. He might have been wearing a bright-coloured ascot; I can’t remember. I didn’t see his shoes for the crowds were pressing in on...
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Tilting at Ice-Cream Cones – Four travel essays

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May 18, 2011
Tilting at Ice-Cream Cones – Four travel essays

For 17 days my partner Leola and I visited the fine architectural monuments of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, were awed by Pablo Picasso’s stunning mural “Guernica” in Madrid, applauded as young flamenco dancers strutted across the small stage at the capital city’s Villa Rosa taberna, and gobbled up as many plates of paella as possible all...
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Yorkshire heaven

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March 27, 2011

The little Ford Escort had been hugging lineless left-hand-drive roads about as wide as the kitchen table for miles when we finally spotted Thwaite, a tiny village in England’s famous Yorkshire Dales. Ostensibly I was the driver but between the Ford, which seemed to have a contrary mind of its own, and my paranoid...
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Pythagorian paradise

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March 26, 2011

The travel agent had a shocked look on her face when I stepped off the quay in Pythagorio on the Greek island of Samos intending to rent a car from her. “You should not wear that here,” she whispered with a frown as she pointed to my white cap.  It had the word “Turkiye”...
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Russian afternoon tea in SPB – A travel essay

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February 25, 2011
Russian afternoon tea in SPB – A travel essay

By Soviet standards it wasn’t much of a parade on Russia’s national Flag Day this year (August 22). No ballistic missiles, no goose-stepping Red Army corporals, no anti-American speeches. In fact, the people that were sipping “Russian Afternoon Tea” with champagne and red caviar in the lobby of the Hotel Astoria probably didn’t realize...
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Berlin’s graffiti heaven

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January 27, 2011

A stand-up comic by night and city tour guide by day, Summer Banks will lead us on no ordinary romp through Berlin. This transplanted Californian is here to teach curious and slightly adventuresome tourists about the finer points of graffiti art and alternative living in the squats of the trendy and in some ways...
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Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh