Gilded America

Gilded America–The Breakers, is a Vanderbilt Mansion, located in one of Rhone Island’s historic neighbourhoods where nothing is dirty and there’s not a mouse in the house. Well, certainly not in this house.

The Breakers, Vanderbilt Mansion had been adorned as a historic landmark and for good reason. Beyond lavish gardens, impressive size, and bedazzling decor, the site gives visitors a glimpse of America’s Gilded Ag

Gerswald, Germany: Weekend Trip From Berlin

The Northsea is overrun by tourists. The next best thing was an isolated house next to a see of green…(and yellow and lavender). Plus, a semi-restored farmhouse with a lot of charm — and sauna.

Memories of Nebraska

I have everything & I am nowhere. PLACES like Grand Central station became reachable through rail expansion that crossed the America West on the heels of the Civil War’s end. But the railways was not meant for people to travel. Foremost, the rail had another purpose. By the 1870’s a fast-paced economic boom swelled, The Gilded Age roared…

Escape

:We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous   Catania, Italy

Strange pleasant sensations

To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark Mount Etna, Sicily    

Vigor

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca Dawn’s light breaking over the Ionian Sea, Sicily

Maybe…

Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars. ~ Jack Kerouac  At sea near the Island of Elba

Florence

All of life is a foreign country  ~ Jack Kerouac

Going Home

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” ― John Muir, Oregon, USA

Fashion

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde, Taken at a market in Southern France

Faeries come

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” ― W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire, overlooking Italy from San Marino

The boat that came heading towards us

And there in a boat that came heading towards us Was an old man, his hair snow-white with age, Raging and bawling, ‘Woe to you, wicked spirits! O never hope to see the heavenly skies! I come to bring you to the other shore, To eternal darkness, to the fire and ice. From Dante’s Inferno Canto…

If People Suffered..

“Books -where if people suffered, they suffered in beautiful language, not in monosyllables, as we did in Kansas” ― Langston Hughes, I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

Did You?

“Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” ― Erma Bombeck, Italy