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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

FOR SALE: CHATEAU—HIST, XLNT NBHD, MLTI BALCS, GRT VU, EZ MOVE-IN, SELLER HIGHLY MOTIVATED

IF YOU’RE LOOKING for a chateau (and who isn’t these days?), have I got a deal for you! Or, at least, details of a potential deal. There are caveats, however. … Continue reading

February 1, 2019 · 6 Comments

FOLKTALES OF THE DOLOMITES

THE DOLOMITES, in northeastern Italy, are part of my favorite mountain range, the Alps, and the home of whimsical folktales. By the way, “DOH-loh-mytes” is an acceptable English pronunciation, though … Continue reading

January 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

A SENTIMENTAL (AND TASTY) JOURNEY

RAIL TRIPS HAVE been known to offer culinary adventures. There’s the elegance of the Orient Express, the glamor of the Santa Fe Super Chief, the history of the Trans-Siberian Railway, … Continue reading

December 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

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