“Have you gotten lots of chapters written?” my wife asked me back on Tuesday.
“No [feeling slightly guilty],” I replied. “I haven’t. I’ve been reading”:
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Poolside Algarve late afternoon reading.🇵🇹 And look at this!😆 Literary trivia!👍🏼 . Madame [Adélaïde] de Souza mentioned here (in the first indented paragraph) by Tolstoy in “War and Peace” in “1805” was a real French romance writer of the last years of the 1700s and early 1800s. De Souza is her remarried name. A decade and some before, her name had been Adélaïde de Flahaut. . That name may ring a bell with some of you because of me.😁👨🏻💻📖 She appears in US Minister (ambassador) to France (1792-1794) Gouverneur Morris’s fascinating 1790-1792 diary. She was then married until her much older husband was guillotined in late 1793. Morris was also rather, uh, infatuated with Adele (as he usually called her in his diary) and she with him… despite the fact she was married. (And her husband even knew about them.) A 1794 novel she wrote while in exile in England was entitled by her “Adèle de Sénange” and in it Morris is even briefly fictionalized.🇬🇧🇫🇷🇺🇸 . See what useful cocktail party fun facts you learn from following me.😂 . #travel #Portugal #Tavira #Faro #Algarve #afternoon #reading #WarAndPeace #fiction #romance #Tolstoy #tourism #writers #writersofinsta #poolside #holiday #getaway #authors #authorsofinstagram #photograph #expats #expatlife #history
And I admit I was having a great ol’ time.
We stayed in a 17th century coastal fort. The fort has been converted recently into a – yes, really – bed and breakfast. Sheer brilliance.
We were in one of the (former) gunpowder (left) stores:
And had a, uh, blast.😂😂😂😂
I do apologize. If you follow on Instagram, you know that already. However, here you get more photos than I’ll post to Instagram.😊
I have been now to Portugal twice. Once to Lisbon (in 2017) and now here on the Algarve. I highly recommend it.
The Portuguese are often excellent English speakers, and tremendously tolerant of inadvertent butchery of their language. I suppose they understand we foreigners often just don’t know much of it beyond “Obrigado” and “Olá.” Most of us can at least fake a few phrases in French, Spanish, or Italian; but “faking” Portuguese similarly is not easy.
We have now moved on to a larger town on the Algarve: Olhão. If you are a non-Portuguese speaker, try to pronounce that correctly. I dare you.😂
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I wrote some of this post the other day at the fort. I decided it was inappropriate to post yesterday, June 6…
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At 6:30 AM, 75 years ago today, 4th US Infantry Division soldiers were wading ashore here, on the beach at La Madeleine, Normandy, France, to begin the land assault on Nazi-occupied Western Europe. Among the first assault troops was Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, assistant commander of the division and son of the late president. The beach is known since that June 6, 1944 by its invasion code name: "Utah.” Photo from July 1995.🇺🇸🇫🇷 . #DDay #DDay75 #travel #throwbackphoto #throwback #flashbackphoto #history #WWII #France #Normandy #UtahBeach #memory #35mm #20thCentury #writers #authors #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #photos #photography
That day deserved some solemnity.
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Oh, and since admitting I had not gotten any writing done, and realizing that was not good… I have:
It is indeed remarkable what you can do with a Microsoft Surface while sitting at the poolside… when you put your mind to it. 😉
Have a great weekend, wherever you are in the world. 🙂