A different kind of amusement

European Holiday, Part 7: Munich

I have a real soft spot in my heart for German music boxes, so imagine my delight at the biggest music box I’ve ever seen: the glockenspiel in the New Town Hall at the Marienplatz in Munich.  Think of it as the biggest cuckoo clock in the world, without the cuckoo.  I tried to video the…

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European Holiday, Part 5: The Dolomites

Ok, so age probably doesn’t have anything to do with it.  There are plenty of 55 year-old women who can walk up a mountain.  It must be the obesity and sedentary lifestyle (I am a writer, after all) that caused me to have a near-death experience as I struggled to draw every breath, chest-heaving, lungs…

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European Holiday, Part 4: Venice

Venice is a very cool place.  First of all, ya gotta love a place with no cars.  Every bit of land is pedestrian and all transportation is on water.  That is excellent… Also, I have a particular affection for bridges, and Venice has bridges in spades, as you would expect in a place built completely on water. Our…

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European Holiday, Part 3: Florence

As dazzled as I was by the contents of in the Vatican museum, I  didn’t truly realize how much I love art until we got to Florence.  There, thanks to the Accademia, where the famous statue of David is housed, and the Uffizi Gallery, where there is everything else, I discovered that I could spend hours and…

The Forum

European Holiday, Part 2: Rome

Rome. The Eternal City. Eternal? No kidding. Rome is unlike any place I have ever been before.  Within its borders lies the proof of string theory, that all time exists at once, and you can visit any part of that time by simply stepping into that moment along the string.  750 BC (founding by Romulus and Remus),…

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European holiday, Part 1: The Anniversary

My husband, God bless him, took me on a European holiday to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Stop just for a minute and think what that means.  We have been married for 30 years.  30 years. When we started dating, I was 19 and he was 18, both of us adults for only minutes, cosmically…