Monthly Archives: October 2009

Louvre: Liberty Leads the People

  I went to the Louvre today and visited my favorite large-format 19th century paintings (Delacroix, David, Ingres, Gericault), which were inspiring as usual. I was amazed at the number of idiots taking flash photos of the paintings. I guess … Continue reading

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Camus, Sartre, and Hemingway

  This morning I was up and out in time to catch the #27 bus and get to the Orsay Museum just before it opened. My nice Museum Pass let me skip to the front of a very long line … Continue reading

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A Great Evening with Marti and Phil

  Yesterday was a fun day! After taking care of business and whatnot in the morning, I took the Metro over to the Bastille area and attempted to take a tour of the Bastille Opera House. Sadly, tours were not … Continue reading

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Paris in the Fall

Paris in late October is delightful: the hordes of tourists are gone and the colors of Fall make the city lovely. Daytime temperatures are in the comfortable low 60’s and dip 10 degrees at night and the air is clean … Continue reading

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Like a Speeding Bullet

For the Romans, it was a horrible sea crossing. The Spanish navy never ruled it. Hitler was thwarted in his desired to cross it. Having just ridden in comfort underneath the English Channel on the Eurostar train in about 25 … Continue reading

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Even the Brits Think Snyder Needs to Go

  I’m spending this Sunday just kicking around London and immensely enjoying people-watching. Between the Brits, the large immigrant population, and the tourists, there’s a lot of variety to see.  I did a dry-run this morning on the tube over to … Continue reading

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All’s Well After Adventurous Start

My trip this time began with an unusual event, which was the cancellation due to "equipment trouble" of my Virgin Atlantic flight from Dulles to London-Heathrow. I guess it’s a good thing not to fly on a plane with equipment … Continue reading

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Returning to the UK on Holiday

  It’s taken me about 6 more months than I anticipated but I’m looking forward to returning to the UK in two weeks. I’ll chronicle what it feels like to return to the scene of my year-long life in the … Continue reading

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