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Budapest, Rhapsodically… (2)

“A rhapsody in music is a one-movement work that is episodic yet integrated, free-flowing in structure, featuring a range of highly contrasted moods, colour and tonality. An air of spontaneous inspiration and a sense of improvisation make it freer in … Continue reading

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Norcia — An Island In The Cloud

Norcia is a small Italian mountain town (pop. 4,500), surrounded by the ancient wall of a medieval hamlet/fortress.  It is seated deep in the Sibillini mountain range, approximately three hours northeast of Rome. To some, Norcia is also known as the … Continue reading

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Budapest, Rhapsodically…

I was hanging out along the Danube (on the Pest side) when I stumbled on to this memorial. It consists of 60 pairs of cast-iron shoes, to commemorate the Budapest Jews being executed into the Danube River during the regime of … Continue reading

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Paris, Anecdotally (Part Deux)

  (“Part Un” is here.) Done with all your touristy stuff? Good, now… …Go to where Parisians live. Paris stank. I arrived in the city in the middle of a sanitary worker strike.  Especially along the river, where there is a … Continue reading

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Paris, Anecdotally

A few words… Arrondissement: Properly, “arrondissement principal”, or administrative district. Paris has 20 of them, surrounded by a sort of a beltway, the Boulevard Périphérique.  Each has its own unique flavor and characters.  A few of notes: 1st Arrondissementnt, the touristy part of Paris; 3rd … Continue reading

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Backpacking Italy: Odds and Ends

Various impressions from my recent Italy trip, in no particular order: Ah, the “auto-bus.” Times, as noted on schedules, are–at best–declarations of intents, vs. timed events. That said, the margin of error is never more than 10 minutes. I took … Continue reading

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Backpacking Italy

I promised myself that I would backpack Italy. I am told if you want to know a people, go into the countryside. This I did. I spent a week in Norcia, a small hamlet (?) in the Umbria region, in … Continue reading

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Dov’è il bagno?

Norcia e Roma, in nero e bianco Rolleiflex 2,8f; Ilford DELTA 100 and 400 (both way past their expiration date) “Norcia, traditionally known in English by its Latin name of Nursia, is a town and commune in the province of … Continue reading

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Bonnie does not like the blues

*** Hi, this is Bonnie. Dad said I could use this space, even if it has nothing to do with bicycles. He said he owns it, so we can do anything with it we want. “Hell, why not,” he said. He’s … Continue reading

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Bonnie remembers Cape Charles

*** Hi, this is Bonnie. Dad said I could use this space, even if it has nothing to do with bicycles. He said he owns it, so we can do anything with it we want. “Hell, why not,” he said. He’s … Continue reading

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