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This year is almost over

This year is almost over

After our extraordinary trip to the UK, Italy, Paris and the Somme, we hit the ground running back home. A BA captain brought his family on tour, including his son-in-law who has never been to Africa previously. Observing the delight and wonder of this young man...
Reflections on France

Reflections on France

After an outrageously good time in Italy, we flew to Paris. The weather was fantastic, so we walked from the Bastille past Notre Dame and the Louvre, all the way to the Eiffel Tower. Being Sunday Parisians were out in droves, enjoying their open areas, the sidewalk...
Italy thoughts

Italy thoughts

Italy has been a revelation on so many levels. Litter, what litter? The places we have visited have been spotlessly free of litter. Elevation. So many towns and villages are situated on hilltops or high on hillsides. We are unsure whether this has to do with...
Florence, Pisa and Tuscany

Florence, Pisa and Tuscany

Florence has a population of 400 000, yet hosts 7 million tourists annually. I wonder how that makes a local feel, especially pulling a grocery trolley along the cobbled, narrow sidewalks wrestling hordes of foreigners? Nevertheless, we pulled our cases along the same...
Venice a city of dreams

Venice a city of dreams

After what has been our best UK lecture tour in history, there is so much to be grateful for. We took the train south from Edinburgh to Reading, yet still racked up 1800 miles or 2880 km in the burnt orange Citroen C3. The past week found us in Suffolk, York,...
Last week on lecture tour in the UK

Last week on lecture tour in the UK

IT IS NOT HAPPY PEOPLE WHO ARE THANKFUL, IT IS THANKFUL PEOPLE WHO ARE HAPPY. This lecture tour began in Scotland, with 3 nights in an apartment on St Andrew’s Square off Prince’s Street. The tail end off the US hurricanes produced some heavy weather, and with it all...