Bridges across the Thames

In our age, there are many bridges crossing the Thames as the river winds its way through the Greater London area. Once upon a time, when only one bridge, London Bridge, connected the city on the northern bank with independent boroughs on the southern bank now called Southwark, river traffic was handled by watermen and […]

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Two Elizabethan Theatres

Shakespeare has been quietly walking beside me for a while. Granted, most of the time as a barely shimmering spectre of himself, yet always happily greeted whenever he chose to step from the shadows. It all started in high school when we were introduced to him and his poetry. A few years later, my aunt Zéna […]

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A Bamboo Cloud in Paris

Yesterday I had a rendez-vous at the German Generalkonsulat which is located across town from us in the 16th arrondissement. Two metro rides and a short hike later we were thoroughly security-checked and relieved of our cell phones, before sitting down to conduct business through a plate glass window. Everything was very well organized – […]

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A Parisian Kaleidoscope

Selecting from pictures taken on our walks together during the past week, I composed this Parisian vignette as a kaleidoscopic birthday card for my travel companion and partner in life. Happy birthday, my Lion! Sorry, I couldn’t resist!! Below is the more macho version🙂

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A Parisan Summer Day continued

Stepping from the cool darkness of the Conciergerie into the blinding sunshine of a Parisian sidewalk is not only a stark contrast in photon intensity but also in the ways contemporary life interfaces with ancient artifacts, often forming humorous tableaux. After our visit to dimly lit Medieval spaces, we had only one mandate for the rest of the afternoon. Stay […]

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