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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

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

VACATIONING IN EUROPE—1909 STYLE

THE IDEA of a European vacation in 1909 was different from one today. There was no jet lag. No carefully sized carryons. But it did call for suitable planning. My … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

NEW ZEALAND REVISITED—50 YEARS ON

OLD GUIDEBOOKS can function as time capsules, especially for places visited well after the book’s publication. I recall using old Baedekers to get around Europe in early-retirement adventures following business … Continue reading

July 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

PREPARING FOR A SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE, 50 YEARS AGO

THE WISDOM of old guidebooks is often found charming and occasionally even timely by today’s travelers. Donald Sea Briggs certainly had a way with words in his Briggs South Seas … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · 2 Comments

WHEN IS THAT?

OUR ENGLISH language has the word “today.” For the day immediately prior, we have “yesterday.” And for the day immediately following, there’s “tomorrow.” From there on, passages of time in … Continue reading

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

FUNICULÌ, FUNICULÀ!

THE NEAPOLITAN ditty Funiculì, Funiculà celebrated the 1880 opening of the first funicular on Mount Vesuvius. Today here at SimanaitisSays, I celebrate this steep form of rail transportation based on … Continue reading

June 23, 2018 · 3 Comments