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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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