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A DRIVE INTO THE MOUNTAINS OF CRETE BRINGS NEW CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING Crete, 17th July: My husband, Rod, and I decided to rent a small car very...
ANNE FRANK HOUSE. Walk softly, the ghosts are very strong.    ”I wonder how many people have read The Diary of Anne Frank?”...
Ephemeral footprints on the sand today remind us of the eternal, two-hundred-thousand-year-old fossilized footprints discovered at a cave in 1964,...
The thrill of an outdoor market Our Urbana farmers’ market opens early on Saturdays in the Lincoln Square parking lot that borders the federal...
What to do about cooking and eating if you’re left on your own for a while (or longer)? Cooking for one can seem like a huge chore, a...
My husband and I are on the trail of Bronze Age sepulchral stone circles, something like mini Stonehenges. Scotland is famous for these old stone...
My Circle Begins … I received my first LP record when I was eight years old: Weber’s “Invitation to the Waltz.”  Ever...
The beginning was bad, the middle was better, and the end was great. The only way to see the whole of the Samaria Gorge in Crete is on foot. One of...
The Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg (Pronounced “Apart-Hate”) The slogan: Segregation is exactly where it belongs—in a museum....