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Fun with Flamenco

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Fun with Flamenco

“Three Siblings, Two Dynasties, One Passion.” CastroRomero Flamenco Recently Linda, my husband Doug, and I helped celebrate a friend’s birthday by seeing a performance of this extraordinary group at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Now, before these Living Cultural Treasures (so designated by Spain) go off to Russia to perform sold-out events at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, I am resolved to learn more about this deeply Spanish art form—and to seeing more of it in Seville. Flamenco Facts so Far: 1. Although the word flamenco came into use in the 18th century, the music itself—song, instruments and dance—developed in Andalusia from the 8th to the 15th...

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Weather Report

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Weather Report

From the archives: “Friday came all too soon. A moody, fitful sort of day, with gusts of wind. We often had them thus, the third week of September, with the big tides of the year. The clouds were low, scudding across the sky from the south-west, threatening rain before evening. I hoped it would rain. One of our true downpours, with maybe a gale thrown in for further measure. A west country welcome. No Italian skies.” “My Cousin Rachel,” by Daphne du Maurer, 1951 Share...

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Cook’s Tour

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Cook’s Tour

Wanderlanders: As we set our sights on Cornwall, these collected gems from the Thomas Cook archives may help us keep keep our perspective. Since 1841, Britain’s Thomas Cook Tours has been leading travelers on new adventures. But not everyone ends up happy. There are supposedly true complaints registered with the travel agency 1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.” 2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be...

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What’s in a Name?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

What’s in a Name?

While revisiting a late Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot, wherein the incomparable sleuth and his companion Dr. Watson are on holiday on the rugged coast of Cornwall (Poldhu Bay, Lizard Peninsula), I made a discovery. The main character of this grisly mystery is one Mortimer Tregennis. Hmm. Sounds mighty close to the word Tregenna, name of the 18th century castle in St. Yves, where our intrepid Wanderlanders will be convening in September. Could there be a connection? So, I did a bit of sleuthing myself to discover there are many common pre-fixes and place names in Cornwall that take a variety of forms—including the Welsh variation, which...

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We’re Off!

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’re Off!

Wanderland co-conspirators Joanna and Linda at SFO, their natural habitat, as they looked about to take off for Paris in Sept. 2012. Next up, Turkey. Stay tuned! Share this:ShareEmailFacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedInRedditPrint

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