Paris – Something Borrowed and Something Blue

Posted by Pat on September 9, 2018 in Travel |

5-8 September 2018 “Something Borrowed”  I revisited my travel article “Marais Embodies Paris At Its Best” published by The Boston Herald in 1990. I loved this area then and I still love it. From the article I borrow: “If culture equals the sum of a city’s social behavior and artistic expression, then Paris has it […]

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Paris – Something Old and Something New

Posted by Pat on September 9, 2018 in Travel |

5-8 September 2018 The last time I saw Paris, the French Aerial Army flew its fighter jets over my head and its Ground Army drove its “umpteen” ton tanks down the Champ-Élysées, the majestic Arc de Triomphe silhouetted in the background.

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The Somme – Fighting The Great War

Posted by Pat on April 9, 2017 in Travel |

 8 April 2017 It would be hard to choose the most brutal war, the most dehumanizing war, the most wasteful war. Perhaps Belgium should have the right to declare it. The Great War, World War Two, the Napoleonic wars, were savagely acted out on its flat, soggy soil. The farmland over which I watch the […]

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Verdun – Fighting The Great War

Posted by Pat on April 7, 2017 in Travel |

Men who fought here called it ”The Meat-Grindr.”  6 April 2017 I drive the Western Front. Names of towns and their historic significance batter me: Passchendaele, Ieper, Lille, Vimy, Peronne. VERDUN!  “They shall not pass.”  This is the infamous Argonne; it breaths the words of Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front.” It […]

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