Caen, France

Posted by Pat on October 8, 2019 in Travel |

4 October 2019

I admit, I am underwhelmed with the city of Caen. However, it’s an easy reach by train from Paris, it has some historical sites, one terrific museum, and is a good location from which to rent a car with which to explore Normandy. And, I should not be too critical. Post-War reconstruction of complete districts led to its urbanization and inevitable loss of historic Norman charm.

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Rouen, France

Posted by Pat on October 3, 2019 in Travel |

October 2-3, 2019

Walking Rouen has all the makings of meeting a fantastic, memorable city. It seems to have it all: history, architecture, parks, squares, cathedrals, and cafes. And brazen little sparrows who clean up you croissant crumbs while I enjoy a coffee. I am definitely putting Rouen on my list of favorite cities. There is much to see and do in this capital of the Normandy. And to hear: the bells of Rouen’s churches can be heard throughout the day. Read more…

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I Hate Travel Lists – So Here Is Mine

Posted by Pat on September 19, 2019 in Travel |

Part Three

Mexico City, September 2019

INDIFERENCIA ES COMPLICIDAD

For a jolt to one’s system,

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I Hate Travel Lists – So Here Is Mine

Posted by Pat on September 18, 2019 in Travel |

Part Two

Mexico City, September 2019

No one can visit Mexico City and not spend quality time with two of Mexico’s most famous personages and artists:  Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Cortés first settled and built his home within the neighborhood of Coyoacán. But is not Cortés which draws visitors, but the neighborhood’s most famous residents: 

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I Hate Travel Lists – So Here Is Mine

Posted by Pat on September 17, 2019 in Travel |

Part One

Mexico City, September 2019

I follow travel blogs and podcasts enough to know there is little originality in lists. 

For decades, I have wanted to visit Mexico City. Though I traveled several times to the Yucatan and along the west coast of Mexico, I never made it to the “big city.” I’ve had connecting flights at MEX, enough to realize its air quality ranked somewhere beneath LA in the best of times, or Beijing about any time. I had a week free this month, so I invited a friend to join me in a few day’s exploration.  

So, though I generally eschew travel lists, here are the things I loved, and a couple I disliked, about Mexico City. 

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Love Road Trips

Posted by Pat on August 30, 2019 in Travel |

August 2019

Love road trips. Even rural areas of Iowa look good when driving free and easy down America’s “super highways.” I recognize a lot of cities and towns; family roots appear around many corners and corn fields. My favorite finds were:

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Bulgarian Cousins to Transylvanian Szeklers

Posted by Pat on June 8, 2019 in Travel |

8 June 2019

We Szekelys have a right to be proud, for in our veins flows the blood of many brave races who fought as the lion fights, for lordship. Here, in the whirlpool of European races…What devil or what witch was ever so great as Attila, whose blood is in these veins?…Is it a wonder that we were a conquering race; that we were proud; that when the Magyar, the Lombard, the Avar, the Bulgar, or the Turk poured his thousands on our frontiers, we drove them back? Is it strange that when Arpad and his legions swept through the Hungarian fatherland he found us here when he reached the frontier…And when the Hungarian flood swept eastward, the Szekelys were claimed as kindred by the victorious Magyars, and to us for centuries was trusted the guarding of the frontier of Turkey-land….” – Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula

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