12 Dec 18
Lyn Kline

Last post, we discussed the formal elements found in Northern Renaissance pieces and created a portrait of Princess Leia in this format. For this final post, We will be jumping ahead several hundred years into the early 20th century to take a look at the Bauhaus movement in Germany. The conception of Bauhaus can be […]

12 Dec 18
Food Brings Everyone Together

The photo above shows the three different varieties that these tostadas come in. The most popular one in Guatemala would be the black beans and the red salsa because avocados can get really expensive! At times, these tostadas are eaten as appetizers at family parties and are extremely popular around the holidays of Easter, Christmas, […]

12 Dec 18
Trip By Trip

  In November Scott, Danny and I undertook a Sunday day-trip to Luxembourg. Scott had never been to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. So after a long train journey where we tested the modernised I6m coaches, we had a little walk in Luxembourg city. The Christmas Market was everywhere.

11 Dec 18


At this time, it was rumored that the Emperor had already died and that the officials in his entourage had welcomed in Cao Zhi, Prince of Yongqiu, and set him on the throne. In the capital every one, from the Grand Dowager Empress Bian and the Ducal Ministers down, was in fear. When the Emperor […]

10 Dec 18
As I Lay Living

I have long had a tendency to reflect upon how things work, to ask myself why things are the way they are and wonder if they might be done better another way. That is, I think about things that many people simply take for granted. I also make connections, sometimes with seemingly disparate bits of […]

10 Dec 18
Becky on Books...and Quilts

The Duke That I Marryby Cathy MaxwellSeries: The Spinster Heiresses SeriesGenre: Adult Historical RomancePublisher: Avon BooksPublication Date: November 27, 2018 Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as “the Spinster Heiresses” . . . Is it wrong […]

10 Dec 18
Big Dave's Crossword Blog

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08 Dec 18
D.M. Dellaqueva

Giorgio Vasari, writing in his Lives of the Artists of 1550, lamented how Piero della Francesca (around 1415/20-92) had the “truly unhappy” fate of being “robbed of the honour that is due to his labours”. Many of the early Renaissance painter’s “beautiful pictures” were destroyed in the wars of Urbino, the renovation of Ferrara’s ducal […]

07 Dec 18
Hachette Book Group

Chapter One Now this is how it all began. Long, long ago there lived a powerful prince who had but one child, a daughter. She was beautiful, haughty, and spoiled, and her name was Rowan.… —From The Grey Court Changeling # # #   May 1760 London, England Had someone asked Freya Stewart de Moray at […]

07 Dec 18

Related News Luxembourg is set to make public transport free by 2019. (Source: Trougnouf/WikimediaCommons) Luxembourg is all set to become the first country in the world to abolish all fares on public transport by next summer. Hoping it would encourage a shift away from private cars and vehicles and solve problems such as traffic congestion, especially around […]

07 Dec 18
A Long and Winding Journey

For another side trip, we chose to spend two nights in Luxembourg. This tiny country is a Grand Duchy and is home to only 575,000 people. The capital, Luxembourg City, was founded in 963 and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its preservation of the ancient city and its integration into […]

07 Dec 18
Confederación Hispanica

Fernando Álvarez de Toledo y Pimentel. Duque de Alba de Tormes (III). Piedrahíta (Ávila), 29.X.1507 – Lisboa (Portugal), 12.XII.1582. Diplomático, gobernador de los Países Bajos y del Milanesado, Virrey de Nápoles y Portugal. El que fue III duque de Alba, conocido como el Gran Duque, también sucedió en el título de marqués de Coria (III) […]

07 Dec 18
Travel Help Guru

25%* off Domus Cavanis, Venice (Promo Code Not Needed) is available on http://www.travelhelpguru.com Get Discount Promo code & hotel info Hotel name: Domus Cavanis, Venice Address: Rio Terà Foscarini 895, Dorsoduro, 30123 Venice, Italy City: Venice Country: Italy Description: Domus Cavanis is set 110 yards from the Galleria dell’Accademia and a 5-minute walk from the […]