The Four Times I’ve Seen Notre Dame* or How Tragedy Can Create Community

*with apologies to Dave Chappelle On April 15, we watched Notre Dame of Paris burn. As the flames spread, we all prayed the structural integrity of the building would hold and contemplated the very possible loss of the finest example of Gothic architecture in existence. We watched as the spire crumbled and cried. And then... Continue Reading →

Four Days in Mexico City: A CDMX Itinerary

We spent four days in Mexico City last January and many of you have asked for our itinerary.   Five of us met there for several days of food, culture, and history (and a fair number of cocktails and bottles of Champagne.)  We left more undone than done, but it gave us lots of reasons to... Continue Reading →

Exploring the Churches of Nesebur

If you've ever considering exploring the Black Sea, I highly recommend it.  (Secondarily, I high recommend cruising also which is how I ended up there in fall of 2015).   Truly, it wasn't really a place that had occurred to me to visit -- and other than great shots of Baku in James Bond films, the... Continue Reading →

New Orleans — Magic and Music

"If you walk a city, if you love a city, if you put in your miles and years with open heart and mind, the city will reveal itself to you."  Rebecca Solnit It was everywhere.  Honestly, I'm not sure I've ever been to a city where music is more woven into its very fabric.  From... Continue Reading →

New Orleans — Falling in Love

"Topophilia -- our innate love of place, often shaped by sense and by memories." Rebecca Solnit When it comes to travel, I love good surprises. One of the best is falling in love with a place you didn't expect. I had visited New Orleans in the 1980s.  We were on a college choir festival trip... Continue Reading →

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