Venice (The City of Love)

  The first leg of our much anticipated vacation was a gong show.   Three flights, three airports, and 9.5 hours in layover time.   We spent 5.5 hours of that time in the Frankfurt airport.   If you’ve ever been there, you may recall that it takes a train, a bus, and three sleepy donkeys to get […]

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

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Would it take a thousand words to describe Mona Lisa’s smile? Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of people for centuries.  Since the early 16th Century, in fact.  Her smile, in particular, has been the subject of many a dissertation.  Mysterious seems to be the most common descriptor.  But if you were asked to […]

What’s In A Name?

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“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare may have been barking up the right tree, and for sure, Juliet always says it with great feeling.   However, I suspect that neither of them were ever charged with naming a website.  And therein lies the rub.  Ok, I realize we have […]