I'm sitting at the airport on a Sunday morning waiting for my flight to Las Vegas for the now-annual pilgrimage to the NamesCon conference. A few years ago, Vegas was one of my "bucket list" places - one of those iconic cities that one should visit at least once in their life. For me, once … Continue reading Vegas…again
I can't remember now where I came across a mention of this super-handy browser extension but I suspect it was one of my co-workers. I wish I could give you credit here, Unknown Helpful Person, but alas, my memory has failed me. Edit: Unknown Helpful Person has been identified, yay! And as I suspected, it's … Continue reading My new favorite browser extension (perfect for readers)
Cats, history, literature, more cats, heat and humidity - all in a gorgeous tropical setting in Key West.
Had a fantastic time parasailing with my family in beautiful Key West. We started the day with snorkeling, moved on to parasailing, and then wrapped it up with jet skis. The weather was perfect and our Sebago crew was great!
I came across this quote in A Moveable Feast and smiled at the curmudgeonness of it. I can't say that I don't feel the same way at times though. 🙂 When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be the happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day … Continue reading Ernest Hemingway: a brief rant-quote about people
I would highly recommend a visit here if you're in Paris and if you can handle the stairs. It's a good workout so in addition to seeing a magnificent place of worship and incredible views of Paris, you can also justify eating that extra croissant or pain au chocolat or having that extra glass of wine. Enjoy!
Welcome to the Empire of the Dead, the creepy eternal resting place of more than 6 million people 60 meters under the streets of Paris.
If you have a chance to visit Bayeux, you should definitely go to the Tapestry Museum in town. The tapestry is really more of a work of embroidery and it depicts the full story of William the Conqueror so that the masses who could not read would be able to understand and learn the story.
The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux is a stunning example of Gothic architecture built 1000 years ago in honor of William the Conqueror.
On our last day in Normandy, we took the train to Caen. It's a quick and easy trip from Bayeux, about 20 minutes. Caen is much bigger than Bayeux but unlike Bayeux, it was almost completely destroyed in bombing raids as part of Operation Overlord (the Battle of Normandy). Fortunately, a few historical things remain, … Continue reading Caen, Normandy