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: Paris, France. 2. Video clip... Continue Reading →
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 https://goo.gl/photos/rYUv5qA2AxvCkEGt6
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,... Continue Reading →
(Photo by Eddie Boyd, from Flickr.com) I was disturbed and entranced while in Prague to visit a museum dedicated to the life and work of Czech writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924). In describing Central and Eastern Europe's past, I fear he may be describing the modern world's authoritarian future. His letters, diaries, and photographs are on... Continue Reading →
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).... Continue Reading →
"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... Continue Reading →
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.
Carved on Westminster Abbey in London are 20th Century martyrs, who include Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia, a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church; Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Oscar Romero. .
A History of the Nation Through Its Portraits By Simon Schama Illustrated. 603 pp. Oxford University Press. $39.95. NYT: "This splendid book by the historian and art critic Simon Schama could hardly be better timed, since it might plausibly be argued that “the face of Britain” changed on or about June 23, 2016. With the... Continue Reading →