Flowers for Peace

                Daily Dose D300   I started a daily flower post due to the upheaval that Covid19 and the election was stirring and filling up my FB page with sadness.   I thought why not add a flower amongst it all to give breathing space.   Naively, I did not think I would be posting 300 days of flowers in a row.   There have been times I would have rather added my two cents instead of adding a flower. There have been times that a flower seemed dim compared to the darkness that circle...
Tags: Travel, French la Vie

Wild at Heart

It was fun getting back into this era of Lynch, and I also got a big kick out of seeing so much of the Twin Peaks cast in this (the series was happening around this time even, although most are Lynch regulars anyway). It’s weird, it’s wild, in all the right ways. I quite like this movie, but I do prefer Blue Velvet and Lost Highway, and even Mulholland Drive (and Twin Peaks remains my all time favorite TV series).
Tags: Travel, Film, 1990, Lynch, Mulholland Drive, Wild at heart, Debaser, Movie Marathon

Unlike Airbnb, Vrbo Reportedly Won't Cancel D.C. Bookings During Inauguration Week

Airbnb smartly decided earlier this week to cancel all D.C. bookings during inauguration week out of fear of another violent insurrection on the horizon, but its competitor Vrbo is apparently not following suit.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Science, Tourism, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Vrbo, Expedia Group, Economic Systems, Hospitality Services

My critique of Christopher Snowdon’s deplorable article in The Quillette

The article. My critique: This is a piece clearly from someone who has worked from home and enjoyed the lockdowns. This was a big test of science and philosophy and we have failed on both counts. a) The science was very clear: there shall be no lockdowns for flu-like viruses. The last they were tried […]
Tags: Travel, Current Affairs, Bad Ideas, Christopher Snowdon

Top 5 Zucchini Recipes!

It's zucchini season and this summer vegetable grows abundantly so it is now at its peak and very reasonably priced. If you have a lot of zucchini try these 5 delicious zucchini or courgette recipes. There is an incredible zucchini slice, zucchini pickles, zucchini spiral tart, Italian roasted zucchini plus a sweet zucchini and coconut bread!
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Musica Venezia Presents Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt” for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Giorno della Memoria) 2021 at Ateneo Veneto in Venice

Moses and Aaron come before Pharaoh, from the Golden Haggadah, c. 1320, Northern Spain, probably Barcelona (British Library, MS. 27210, fol. 1o verso) (Venice, Italy) Musica Venezia has been entertaining and educating Venice for decades with its distinct, top-quality events in some of the city's most impressive venues. Roberta Reeder, the Artistic Director of Associazione Culturale Musica Venezia and long-term resident of Venice, brings her rich background as a scholar and produc...
Tags: Travel, France, Spain, Barcelona, Egypt, Italy, Venice, Moses, Naples, Venice Italy, Aaron, Red Sea, Arias, Pesaro, Rossini, Gioachino Rossini

How to Bring Your Dog or Cat on Amtrak

If you really want to see America up-close, from rugged seashores to snow-capped mountains, Amtrak makes it possible.  Don’t want to board your pet at home? Amtrak recently revised its pet policy.  You can now bring your pet on Amtrak.... Read More The post How to Bring Your Dog or Cat on Amtrak appeared first on Cruise Maven.
Tags: Travel, America, Train Travel, Amtrak, Travel With Pets, Don, Train Reviews

UK seals its border and requires negative COVID-19 tests for arrivals in a bid to keep out 'vaccine-busting' variants

Passengers wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, walk through the arrivals hall after landing at London Heathrow Airport in west London, on January 15, 2021 DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that all travel corridors would close. This means that all those arriving in the United Kingdom will be required to quarantine. Arrivals in the UK will also be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The tougher restr...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, UK, Science, London, News, Airports, Trends, NHS, United Kingdom, News UK, Transport, National Health Service, Brazil, Boris Johnson, Johnson

Late bloomer

The "Christmas" cactus is starting to bloom. This is not new. I once (ok, more than once) referred to them as "Presidents' Day" cactus because they like to bloom in February. This photo is from last March. Today's cacti have nice pink buds, but very few open flowers right now. They'll get better as we get closer to Presidents' day, which this year is February 15, about a month from now. Bloomin' cactus. There's snow going on somewhere, but not here. At least not yet. We're on the line between ...
Tags: Travel, WCS, Garden Flowers Plants

The #UAE And #Qatar Are More Alike Than Apart - Bloomberg

The UAE And Qatar Are More Alike Than Apart - Bloomberg The end of the embargo on Qatar and the resulting restoration of its ties with the United Arab Emirates will not resolve over their deep-seated differences. But the two sheikhdoms are strikingly alike in many ways, especially in their skillful exploitation of similar economic and demographic circumstances to acquire political clout across the Middle East and North Africa.In the past decade, they have both punched above their weight as regio...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Bloomberg, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Mena, North Africa, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

The Man who wanted to be King of America

I’m constantly tearing out articles that catch my interest from our local newspaper The SudOuest. This a quiet region so the paper uses a lot of non-news stories as filler.I love it when the filler piece is both local and historical. Especially anything to do with a French/American connection. A good pandemic exercise is to make a big pile of all my newspaper clippings and see what jumps out at me. Here’s a good one. “The Man who wanted to be King of America” I’m terrible about ke...
Tags: Travel, England, Congress, Washington, France, America, Paris, Poland, Lafayette, Benjamin Franklin, Bordeaux, Versailles, Marquis, La Rochelle, Continental Army, Charente

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