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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

READING THE STREET—BRIT STYLE

THOSE OF us driving in developed countries take for granted the cues painted on streets and roads: turn lanes, crosswalks, bikeways, and the like. In Britain, pedestrians arriving from elsewhere … Continue reading

March 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

A SHARP RIGHT, THEN SET ‘ER DOWN

THESE DAYS, most commercial aircraft landings are thankfully bereft of drama. A long, straight, and gentle descent. Even St. Thomas’s relatively short 7000-ft. runway comes after a gradual straight-as-an-arrow approach … Continue reading

March 8, 2018 · 9 Comments

CAMILLE PISSARRO—A ROOM WITH A VIEW

EXCELLENT EYESIGHT would seem to be an artist’s requisite. Yet many of Camille Pissarro’s finest paintings came after a persistent eye infection affected the way he worked, not only visually, … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

BRIT GRUB—TASTEFULLY EVOLVED

THERE WAS a time when British food was ridiculed: overcooked veggies, questionable meats, indifferent presentation. However, it’s my theory that, having the good sense to include kippers, they’ve long had … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 3 Comments

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND JAPAN

“EVER SINCE I discovered the print,” Frank Lloyd Wright wrote in his 1932 autobiography, “Japan has appealed to me as the most romantic, artistic country on Earth.” The Frank Lloyd … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE MEAL/LE REPAS/DIE MAHLZEIT/IL PASTO

OF COURSE, even jingoistic world travelers need sustenance. And, indeed, mealtimes are part of the pleasure of mixing with foreigners, especially if you know how to order them around. Have … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

MALTA, ITS KNIGHTS, FALCON, AND PARTYING

MY PRIMARY knowledge about the Mediterranean island of Malta was pretty much limited to its falcon and detective Sam Spade. However, this knowledge expanded considerably upon reading “Malta, Where the … Continue reading

December 11, 2017 · 5 Comments