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seeing Paris in chronological order

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1Here is a plan for visiting major sites of Paris chronologically. 1. Roman Lutetia to the high Middle Ages This itinerary can be completed entirely on foot. Start at les Arènes de Lutèce (a Roman amphitheater off … Continue reading

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learning from Las Vegas

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Las Vegas–I am here for a gathering of the alumni of YouthBuild USA. More about that tomorrow. Meanwhile, unlike Boston, Milwaukee, or Atlanta, Las Vegas makes you ask: Is this the real America? Is this our distilled … Continue reading

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trying to look at the Empire State Building

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC) Over the weekend, I finished Mark Kingwell’s excellent book Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams. By coincidence, I spent today in an office three blocks south of the actual Empire … Continue reading

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in praise of Glurns

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We are back from an Alpine driving vacation. I don’t post travelogues on my blog, but I will mention a highlight to give a flavor of our trip. The little Italian town of Glurns is missing from … Continue reading

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in London

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am on a long journey: Boston -> Washington -> Boston -> London -> Lisbon, all within 48 hours. I had a layover at Heathrow that was long enough to allow me a quick trip to Paddington … Continue reading

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in the crypt of the Medinaceli

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0 A little more than a week ago, we were in Toledo, that ancient city where Muslim, Catholic, and Jewish faiths and cultures flourished and intermingled between the years 1000 and 1500. We spent the day wandering … Continue reading

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my past from the air

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(In DC for the Everyday Democracy board meeting): We landed through clouds that ripped open just as we passed above the Kennedy Center, revealing Northwest DC spread out over the airplane wing. It was my seventh landing … Continue reading

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Istanbul melancholy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The theme of Orhan Pamuk’s autobiographical book Istanbul: Memories of the City is hüzün. That is a Turkish word for melancholy, but it doesn’t mean a private sadness that causes one to retreat by oneself. It is … Continue reading

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the romance of production

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is a tiny scene from the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, which I visited last week with my 10-year-old. The museum contains 27,000 square feet of model train layouts, the largest collection in the world. The … Continue reading

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an introduction to Prague

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I think few people really enjoy visits to beautiful old places, and they’re not helped by most guide books and tours, which just attach dates, artists’ names, and styles to the objects on view. Guides also tell … Continue reading

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