Christmas Vacation in Europe

My son Matthew Buie-Nervik, his bride and not quite two-year-old son spent two weeks in Europe for the Christmas holidays 2016. “We just returned the tiny Fiat rental car today,” he wrote on Dec. 30. “We drove 3108 kilometers (nearly 2000 miles). France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy. A great trip.” Photo essays:

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Kilmartin Glen, Site of Ancient Ancestors


In Western Scotland, on our way to the isle of Skye, my siblings and I visited Kilmartin, a small village in Argyll and Bute where some of our ancestors came from. It has one of the richest concentrations of prehistoric monuments in Scotland.


Photo Essay


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30 Places to See in Europe

Of the 30 places the UK Telegraph says one must visit in Europe, I have seen 17:

Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic; Gaudi’s Barcelona; Sistene Chapel, Italy; Acropolis, Greece; Aya Sofia, Istanbul; Blue Mosque, Istanbul; Sainte Chapelle, Paris; Red Square, Moscow; Brandenberg Gate, Germany; Colosseum, Rome, Italy; Ephesus, Turkey; Eiffel Tower, Paris; Alhambra, Spain; Pantheon, Rome, Italy; Versailles, Paris, France; Hermitage, St. Petersburg; Pompeii, Italy.

13 places I haven’t seen: Provence, France; Pamukkale, Turkey; Seville, Spain; Matterhorn, Switzerland; Loire Valley, France; Atlantic Road, Norway; Northern Lights, Scandinavia or Iceland; Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy; Tuscany, Italy; Lake Bled, Slovenia; Venice, Italy; black beaches of Iceland; Cordoba, Spain.

Compare this to the 20 places in Europe you must see in Europe before you die. It’s a very different list, and I haven’t seen most of them, only four.

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Entering the World of Franz Kafka

I was entranced while in Prague to visit a museum dedicated to the life and work of Czech writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924). His letters, diaries and photographs are on display, along with 3-D installations. Reviews of the Museum on Trip AdvisorReviews of the Museum on Google.

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Descendant of Divine Hags?

In the Gaelic mythology of ancient Ireland, Wales and Scotland, a cailleach was “a divine hag, a creator deity and weather deity, and an ancestor deity.” More.

My sister, Ann Buie Loomis, has discovered that one of the caelleach’s local names was Bui, and she was associated with the great passage tomb Knowth (Cnoc Bui). A psychologist friend, Betty Lou Chaika, pointed her to these links:

The stones of Knowth are covered with beautiful engraved art. … In Irish mythology Knowth is Cnoc Bui, home to the sovereignty Goddes Bui, consort of Lugh of …
This page is about the mythology of Knowth, and is a paper by Tom·s … (1) In the Dinnshenchas of Cnogba, we are told that it is properly Cnoc Buí, the Hill of …
Sep 7, 2015 – In Irish mythology, Knowth (sounds like mouth), from the Irish Cnoc Bui, meaning ‘Hill of Bui’ is said to be the final resting place of Bui, or Buach.
Aug 20, 2014 – In Irish mythology, Knowth is known as Cnoc Buí, or the Hill of Buí. Buí is said to have been married to Lugh, a king of the Tuatha de Denann.
There are two stories told about how Knowth Cnobga got its name. In the first, it is said that it derives from Cnoc Bua or Bui (Hill of Bua or Bui). The name Bui is …

Royal Inauguration in Gaelic Ireland C. 1100-1600: A Cultural …

Elizabeth FitzPatrick – 2004 – ‎History

goddess.124 The Hag has also been identified with the female character Bui – the eponym of Cnogba (Cnoc Bui; Knowth, Co. Meath).125 In the Dindshenchas …

Knowth is described as the sister of the famous Newgrange, It has many Kerb … In the first, it is said that it derives from Cnoc Bua or Bui (Hill of Bua or Bui).


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Unvarnished History: Slavery Museum in Liverpool


“They will remember that we were sold, but not that we were strong. They will remember that we were bought, but not that we were brave.” — William Prescott, 1837, former slave.

We will remember.

I was moved by the unvarnished history displayed at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England — how the city was built and profited from the translatlantic slave trade . And yet the English abolished slavery more than half a century before Americans did.

The museum is especially powerful in connecting the legacy of slavery to the present, and showing how it still exists in too many parts of the world.

It explores how millions of Africans were forced into slavery; the crucial part that Liverpool played in this process; how there are permanet consequences for people living in Africa, the Caribbean; North and South America; and Western Europe. “This story has been neglected by too many for too long.”


Drill Deeper:

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If America’s First, Who’s Second?

The Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania, Denmark France, Norway, Iceland and Spain compete for second, to Trump’s America First.

Vanity Fair offered highlights.

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