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Finding Napoleon beyond France

Napoleon's army left a cannon behind in the Kremlin, Moscow. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Enamored with the French Revolution on my visit to Paris, I pay scant attention to Napoleon during my time there. Stopping by at Les Invalides, I focus more on a car show on its grounds than to the tomb of…

Not Exactly Old-World Charm

Information about slavery presented at the Cabildo in New Orleans Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Visit to the Deep South’s Past An exhibit at the Cabildo in New Orleans Photo credit: M. Ciavardini History is told from the perspective of the victor goes the refrain, so I am pleased to see that unpleasant bits…

Crescent City Hangover

Crescent City Hangover

A Lost Weekend in New Orleans Liquor is to New Orleans as gambling is to Las Vegas. A traveler thinks she is going to resist it and then finds herself within four hours of disembarking from her plane ordering a…

Traveling with Witches

traveling with witches

It’s a good thing that the law has evolved a bit since the 1600s given my penchant for visiting shamans, inquiring about witches, and talking directly to higher powers without any male or priestly intercession. In May 1647, the first…

Recovering New Orleans

mardi gras jester

One of the best parts of any trip is anticipating it. Right now, I am planning to revisit New Orleans, a city I haven’t been to since the early 1990s. I was there so long ago I didn’t take pictures.…

Boscobel for the Holidays

Planning to stay for a few days at the Hudson House Inn in Cold Spring, the Brawny Sherpa and I stop on a snowy Wednesday at Boscobel, an historic house in nearby Garrison. It’s the perfect time for a visit…