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The Mystery in the Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry in Bayeux, France manages to make the Battle of Hastings in 1066 an adventuresome mystery. Photo credit: V. Laino

It’s Not Just about 1066 and the Battle of Hastings It having been a very long time since I learned about William the Conqueror, the Battle of Hastings, and the importance of the year 1066 to British history, it is…

The Book of Kells: Worth a Visit?

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Seeing “The Most Beautiful Book in the World” New Yorkers used to visiting the Morgan Library for their share of antique books might be tempted to skip a visit to Dublin’s Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Gospel…

Staying Centered at the Dublin Central Inn

A room at the Dublin Central Inn on Talbot Street. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Friendliness and Convenience in Ireland’s Capital Groggy tourists that we are, the Brawny Sherpa and I manage to drive right past the Dublin Central Inn on our first drive up Talbot Street. Having taken an overnight flight from Newark, N.J.,…

Dining in Dublin at Le Bon Crubeen

If you need to eat in Dublin, you need to eat at Le Bon Crubeen on Talbot Street. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Taste of Ireland for Carnivores and Herbivores Our first night in Ireland, the Brawny Sherpa and I stumble upon Le Bon Crubeen at the recommendation of the front-desk attendants at our nearby hotel. I was skeptical of their recommendation,…

Driving in Ireland

Even the signs in Ireland can get complicated. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Getting Around on the Wrong Side of the Road Driving on the right side of the car on the left side of the road turned out to be more challenging than I thought it would be on a recent trip…

A Hint of Home in Rome

A visit to McDonald's near the Spanish Steps in Rome: Fast food seems to get better the farther from home you are. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Visiting McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps Because sometimes a traveler needs just a little taste of home and for an interaction to be a familiar—and easy—one, there is McDonald’s near the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome. Maybe it’s…

On a Clear Day, You Can See Chicago

A sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Chicago is the sort of place you visit for a limited purpose, to see an exhibit at the Art Institute, to tag along on a companion’s business trip, to attend the Blues Festival, to shop the Magnificent Mile. In short,…

Stasis in Sculpture

Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

David Stands, but Unique Forms of Continuity in Space Rocks As much as I love Michelangelo’s David (that stone! that body!), it’s a work of art that’s made to be adored. And indeed it is. David just stands there, commanding…