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A Trip to France 8: Glanum

by Brenda W. Clough  Roman towns were often named after local dieties, who in turn were in charge of the water. Nimes was originally Nemausus, named after the Gauls’ Nemausus who presided over the artesian spring. And today we went … Continue reading

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The Cloisters Museum

I’ve been quietly envious of my globetrotting fellow BVC’ers of late. I haven’t traveled outside the US in years, and there are so many places I want to visit that I can’t settle down to plan a trip to just … Continue reading

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A Trip to France 6: Arles

by Brenda W. Clough  One of the most beautiful sites in France, surely, is the great arena at Arles. Everything the Romans built here is made of the local stone, a lovely golden color and cheaply available. As you can … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Reading List for Greece

As you read this, I’ll be winding up my long-anticipated return trip to Greece. It will be very different, I’m sure, from my months-long backpacking adventure in the 1980s, but I’m also sure it will once more be magic. It’s … Continue reading

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A Visit to France 3: Nimes

by Brenda W. Clough  The town of Nimes is spelled with a cironflex over the ‘i’, but I can’t persuade this Ipad to do accents, so you’ll just have to live with it. It was the center of Gallo-Roman culture, … Continue reading

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A Trip to France 5: Pont du Gard

by Brenda W. Clough  This beautiful site is not actually a bridge, as its name indicates. It’s actually an aqueduct, a fantastic work of engineering that supplied water to the regional Roman capital of Nimes. Later on, the medieval residents … Continue reading

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A Visit to France 4: Orange

By Brenda W. Clough  Alas! when you say Orange and refer to a town, I think of the exits off the New Jersey Turnpike. Who knew, that the town of Orange in southern France is home to the most complete … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler: One of Her Favorite Places

Locals call it “Mendo”. I know that because my sister lives there now—really she lives in Little River but it’s also “Mendo”, because just up the road the town rests on the Northern California coast-line. I can love this place … Continue reading

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A Trip to France 1: Catacombs

by Brenda W. Clough Instead of going to Helsinki to the World SF Convention this year we decided to go to France. I am writing some novels which take place to some extent there, and my husband has never been. … Continue reading

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The Adventure of the Cursed Umbrella

Earlier this summer, my husband Darwin and I traveled to Ireland.  We saw Dublin and Newgrange and Loughcrew and thousand-year-old walls. We drove on the left, we ate bangers and mash, we climbed the Hill of Tara. But mostly, we … Continue reading

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