The Beauty of Villefranche-sur-Mer

Whenever I see the name of a town in France that is suffixed by sur-Mer, I am transported back to the French Riviera, a gorgeous slice of the planet dotted with little hamlets that profile Western Europe at its core. And with roots dating back to 130 B.C., historic Villefranche-sur-Mer is an ideal illustration of…

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Easter Rising on Easter Monday

A pivotal point in Ireland’s long journey to gain independence occurred on April 24, 1916, a bloody affair in the streets of Dublin known as Easter Rising. On the day after Easter with a waif of revolution in the air, the heart of the city became a battle zone as rebels commandeered the General Post…

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Observations in Paris

Ernest Hemingway is quoted in his memoirs of his time as a young writer in Paris as saying, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” But that is…

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