PART TWO Emerging from a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys onto Rue Foch, the grandest street in Montpellier, we enter an elegant neighborhood with expensive shops, boutique hotels and the architectural splendor of the old Quartier Judiciaire, the law courts. This quartier or neighborhood resembles a typical Parisian quartier created by the fabled prefect, baron […]Read more "Ludovico Magno & Hippocrates of Kos, an excursion to Montpellier in three Parts"
PART ONE Again we turn back the clock a few months and return to France, where we enjoyed a home exchange in the town of Pézenas, département de l’Hérault [Occitan: Erau] in the Languedoc-Roussillon region last May. While in Péz we visited the préfecture or chef-lieu MONTPELLIERS, the administrative capitol of the department. The city […]Read more "Ludovico Magno & Hippocrates of Kos, an excursion to Montpellier in three parts"
As longer term readers indubitably noticed, the appearance of this blog has changed. I spent some time today to upgrade my old design and lay-out to a less distracting, yet still distinctive format. I hope, this new face of ‘Not In A Straight Line’ will be easier to use, especially its readability on mobile devices. […]Read more "AN INTERIM ANNOUNCEMENT"
Glancing across the pool, I noticed this brown thing attached to the concrete rim. It looked like a dried up base of a palm frond and I paid it no further attention till the middle of the afternoon, when it just seemed too odd to still be there. Shooting a couple of pictures across the […]Read more "Saturniidae: Beautiful Moths-Dangerous Caterpillars"
The members of the Atenas Men’s Club, that’s Atenas, Costa Rica, mind you, invited their significant others for an excursion to the MUSEO DEL JADE y de la Cultura Precolombina Marco Fidel Tristán Castro, which is a government owned museum in San José under the administration of INS, the National Institute of Insurance. It is named […]Read more "A Trip through Costa Rican History & back"
screen shot of judges’ wig sold throughStanley Ley, Legal Outfitters, Londonhorse hair, hand made, about $2000 Coragyps atratus brasiliensis Ciconiiformes [or Cathartiformes] Black vulture in North America Zopilote negro in Costa Rica A small vulture with a wingspan of under 1.5m or 5 ft, it is often still classified with storks and looks like a […]Read more "Of Judges & Vultures"
On my birthday last April we drove 900 plus klicks or about 570 miles from our new home in Saintes to our exchange home in Vence above the Côte d’Azur. It rained incessantly en route and it was so chilly and windy that we moved our attempted pique-nique from a rest stop table to inside […]Read more "Petite Vignette d’Anniversaire – in Vence, of course"