illuminate history

Curiosity: forget “Cherchez la femme” (Look for the woman.) “Cherchez l’histoire.” (Look for the story.)

Istanbul

Patrick Leigh Fermor, remember him? The young Englishman who hiked from Rotterdam to what he, as student of history, preferred to call Constantinople.  That has a certain ring to it–although I … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv–read these names aloud

Yes, I am delinquent on my last two trip reports. There was more and more snow after we boarded the bus in Rousse and headed over the summit of the Balkan … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

On the Danube: Budapest to Rousse

We arrived in Budapest with time for a bus overview of Pest before lunch. I tried to get my camera ready when the guide said we would pass the Jewish synagogue. … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Prelude to the Danube II: Vienna

The train trip from Salzburg to Vienna took just over two and a half hours. Vienna is about ten times as big as Salzburg, so we found the U2 subway line … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · 3 Comments