Bastille Day In Paris

A Short Story An Unexpected Bastille Day Opportunity We had been traveling through southern France for a week and intended to finish with a few days in Paris since that was where we would catch our flight home. When we planned this trip we hadn’t realized that July 14th was Bastille Day. When we learnedContinue reading “Bastille Day In Paris”

1965 And The 4 Minute Louvre

Shortly after graduating high school the summer of 1965 found me in Paris visiting a Parisian exchange student, Jean Paul that had spent some time with my family the year before. At the same time a classmate of mine was also in Paris with her parents. For a few days Jean Paul, Beth and IContinue reading “1965 And The 4 Minute Louvre”

A Bit Of History In Ocala, Florida

It’s unusual to come across an early nineteenth century stockade fort in the middle of a Florida town. Not something you expect outside of Disney World. But on a recent drive through central Florida that is what we found in Ocala. It’s a historically accurate replica of Fort King at its original site. Designated aContinue reading “A Bit Of History In Ocala, Florida”

Little Pieces of Paris #1

Statue of Sainte-Geneviève by Landowski A Short Story Located just upstream from Notre-Dame there is a bridge made notable by a tall, elegant statue at its’ southern end. Examining a map, the bridge is identified as the Pont de la Tournelle and it is just another example of the shear number of remarkable sites inContinue reading “Little Pieces of Paris #1”

Frances Tournon Lamastre Steam Railroad

Going Back In Time On a recent trip through France we spent time visiting the Tournon Lamastre Steam Railroad line which features open-air cars (in the warm months), beautiful old steam engines and fantastic scenery. About 125 miles north of the city of Avignon along the Rhône River in southern France is Doux Gorges, locatedContinue reading “Frances Tournon Lamastre Steam Railroad”

Going Wild In Florida

A Short Story Florida is all about the water, Sun and beaches and if you visit you should take the time to get up close to some of our wildlife. From Manatees in the clear springs, birdwatching up the Indian River or the island of Captiva and alligators almost anywhere. The options are varied andContinue reading “Going Wild In Florida”

The Increasing Use of Stencils In Graffiti

As we travel I am drawn to taking photographs of graffiti. I believe that graffiti can tell you a lot about a place or perhaps about attitudes of residents and the authorities. It shows how people feel about the place where they live, sometimes showing pride but often displaying disrespect and even contempt. A lotContinue reading “The Increasing Use of Stencils In Graffiti”

Love Locks – A Pledge of Undying Love

Love Locks – Statement of Love or Vandalism? A SHORT STORY As we travel we have at times noticed collections of padlocks attached to bridges and other public structures. It wasn’t difficult to figure out what was going on by all the couples names engraved on the locks. But in the last five years orContinue reading “Love Locks – A Pledge of Undying Love”

Spanish Gold and A Lost Opportunity

A Short Story Opportunity Missed In 1622 Havana Cuba was the capital of the Spanish Empire in the New World. Treasures of gems, gold and silver poured into Havana from South America, Mexico and the other islands. From there large fleets sailed back to Spain heavily loaded with this treasure. Late that summer a fleetContinue reading “Spanish Gold and A Lost Opportunity”