Monthly Archives: April 2019

An October family Thanksgiving in Portland, Oregon

Major holiday traveling is a headache. We tried to beat the system  by flying in and out of Portland during off-season and choosing a centrally located hotel  to limit  driving and crowds. I found Hotel Rose, along the Willamette River, facing … Continue reading

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The Bastides: the birth of French Democracy

Domme is an almost perfect bastide: a walled village sitting on a hillside. (credits: by Luc Viatour, August 30, 2012) The Bastides: the birth of French Democracy Between 1220 and 1372 about 700 bastides, also referred to as new towns, … Continue reading

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The Final Chapter of Cyprus…#3

The final chapter, number three. First I had to encourage Mike not to stop at every damn winery. (But later, more forcefully threatening death or dismemberment…) We stopped to see the Kolassi castle, the 14th century headquarters of Saint John … Continue reading

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