If I think back here to where I was at age 20 (then, I was living in Fairbanks, Alaska), and then at 30 (I was in Paris), and then at 40 (I was married by then and here in London), and, uh, well, you get the idea…
“Over there,” a tour guide announces, “is the famous painting of the signing of the 1776 Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Next to it, you see a magnificent painting of the British surrender at Saratoga, New York. There’s George Washington, who defeated the British…”
Post-9/11, I’d not really wanted ever to go back. I avoided the area in the years since 2001. But – with our visiting British friends here – finally I felt it was time.
Hello from upstate New York! We’ve made it!
Twenty-three years ago this morning, July 14, 1995 (yes, yes, that was indeed before some of you were born), in Paris I was standing along the Champs Elysées…
“It was very, very special what you did for her,” my mom declared. “She will remember it the rest of her life.”
No invading army ever took Pembroke Castle. Needless to say the café inside was never reached either, so no conqueror ever enjoyed one of its excellent cappuccinos.
Bridge Street started to go into “night mode” during our meal, as people, particularly women, dressed up for a Saturday night out began to saunter by.
Otherwise religiously indifferent British would likely go to battle stations if some government bureaucrat dared to inform them, “Look, attendance is so small, we will pull that church down and put up a brand new shopping centre.”
“You’ll follow and root for them all now, I presume?” my wife laughed.
If you don’t want to stand out as an American visitor in Europe, here’s some friendly advice…
I’ve been NEAR Geneva many times, but never ventured into the city center. I’m so pleased I finally did.😊🇨🇭
I find myself increasingly wanting eventually to write something that includes India. What I consider a major hurdle, however, is I have never been there.
The debates over statues continues. In one sense, it is wonderful to see people actually questioning who these people all were when they lived. On the other hand, it is also the […]
As a writer, words mean a lot to me; but often artwork can tell a convincing story too, of course. Over on Pinterest, I’ve found some links to “vintage” travel posters, and […]