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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

CONKERS, ANYONE?

BEING AN ANGLOPHILE, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I’ve only recently learned of the game of conkers. The Discoverer, October 19, 2021, posted “How British Autumn Differs From American … Continue reading

October 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

BAEDEKER’S, MURRAY’S, AND MY MEDITERRANEAN PART 2

YESTERDAY’S MEDITERRANEAN COASTAL adventure began at Barcelona and referenced classic Baedeker’s and Murray’s guidebooks. Today in Part 2 we visit Marseilles, Nice, and Èze on our way to Monaco. Marseilles. … Continue reading

October 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

BAEDEKER’S, MURRAY’S, AND MY MEDITERRANEAN PART 1

I LOVE COASTLINES. The beauty of California’s Route 1. The panoramas of Italy’s Amalfi Coast.  And then there’s the coastline of the Mediterranean, as exemplified by Baedeker’s, Murray’s, and my … Continue reading

October 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

TRY YOUR LUCK FOR A CAPSULE O.L.

GEE, I WISH I were in Japan so I could pop coins into a vending machine and have it reward me with a miniaturized bit of reality: an air conditioner, … Continue reading

October 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

ARLES TIDBITS

LYDIA DAVIS DOESN’T call them “tidbits,” though her article One French City,” London Review of Books, August 12, 2021, is a perfect example. Davis begins her article with “What follows … Continue reading

September 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

IN THE WILDE’S OF NORTH AMERICA

NAME-DROPPING OSCAR WILDE in my recent tale of Horace and Baby Doe Tabor calls for learning more about Wilde’s 1882 tour of North America. Indeed, a fellow named John Cooper … Continue reading

August 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

PARIS OUT OF HAND

YOU’D SUSPECT THAT, despite its Baedeker’s-like red cover, Karen Elizabeth Gordon’s Paris Out of Hand is not your ordinary guidebook. For one thing, the Eiffel Tower is upside down. For … Continue reading

August 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

KOREAN TIDBITS, OLD AND NEW, GOOD AND BAD

MORE THAN 71 YEARS separate us from the outbreak of the Korean War, the subject of several of today’s tidbits. Another tidbit is as recent as The New York Times, … Continue reading

August 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

GLUBB PASHA—A SECOND LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

SIR JOHN BAGOT GLUBB was a British soldier who trained and led Transjordan’s Arab Legion between 1939 and 1956. Controversially, the Legion had several victories against Israel in the 1948 … Continue reading

July 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

РУССКИЕ БИТЫ

I’M NOT SURE what prompted my purchase of Barron’s Russian at a Glance, 2001. I had already experienced a significant Russian adventure in 1990, visiting the crumbling Soviet Union, as … Continue reading

July 21, 2021 · Leave a comment