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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

A GUIDE TO THE UNITED STATES

“THE VAST EXTENT and rapidly changing conditions of the United States make the production of a satisfactory guidebook a peculiarly difficult task.” You’re telling me. I hasten to mention that … Continue reading

December 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE ATLAS OBSCURA EXPLORER’S GUIDE

THIS BOOK IS subtitled “For the World’s Most Adventurous Kid,” and it is a fine addition to my collection of guidebooks, Baedeker’s and all. “For ages 9 and up,” it … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

TOSCA’S (AND HARE’S) ROME PART 2

IT IS PERHAPS coincidental that my copy of Hare’s Walks in Rome was published in 1905, only five years after the premiere of Puccini’s Tosca at Rome’s Teatro Costanzi on … Continue reading

October 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

TOSCA’S (AND HARE’S) ROME PART 1

MY COPY OF Augustus J.C. Hare’s Walks in Rome is its Seventeenth Edition, published in 1905. Even in 2018 it’s still a charming guidebook for visiting the eternal city. And … Continue reading

October 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

BRAZILIAN CULTURE—SENHOR TUCANO, SCULPTURE, AND MORE PART 2

THE FOLLOWING IMAGES and commentary on Brazilian sculpture come from Artista da escultura Brasileira. The Art of Brazilian Sculptors. Die Brasilianische Bildhauerkunst introduced yesterday here at SimanaitisSays. Bruno Giorgi is … Continue reading

September 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

BRAZILIAN CULTURE—SENHOR TUCANO, OTHER SCULPTURE, AND MORE PART 1

TODAY’S PRINCIPAL THEME is Brazilian culture. Indeed, it’s tomorrow’s theme as well in Part 2. There’s timeliness, in reporting on a terrible fire that recently destroyed Brazil’s Museu Nacional. There’s … Continue reading

September 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

HAVE A NICE DAY—IN 1947

HISTORY AND a few clues are to be found in this Touristic Guide to Nice, likely used by an officer or solder not long after World War II. The little … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · Leave a comment