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Earth: A street in Grasse, France, the world’s perfume capital.

Just tooling around on my Google Earth–a favorite pastime of mine–I happened to land in the world’s most fragrant place, the city of Grasse, France. I’ve been to France only … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Spending the Summer of Riesling in Alsace

Originally posted on ROCKIN RED BLOG:
The last time I participated in #Winechat was in May when we were exploring the wonderful wines of Cairdean Estate. (Click here for review)…

September 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

My Summer French Wine Journey Begins

Originally posted on ROCKIN RED BLOG:
I have been enjoying the beauty of wine for a couple of decades. However, my knowledge and taste buds regarding French wine are lacking.…

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: the Catacombs of Paris.

This macabre maze of human bones exists in a series of subterranean chambers under the old medieval city gate of Paris, now Place Denfert-Rochereau, in Montparnasse, Paris. The Catacombs of Paris … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 34: a Victorian woman’s corset.

This is the first item of fashion history I’ve showcased on  my blog. I’ve had rather an interest in women’s fashion from the Victorian era, as my novel Doppelgänger, which comes … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

L’Oiseau Blanc, the “White Bird”: the great mystery of the air.

May 1927 was a big month in aviation history. That was, of course, the month in which American pilot Charles Lindbergh flew the Atlantic non-stop for the first time in … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 29: “The Coronation of Napoleon.”

This amazing painting, depicting the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte as Emperor of France in December 1804, has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I think it’s one … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth Panorama: Rainbow Warrior memorial, Matauri Bay, Northland, New Zealand.

This somber but beautiful memorial overlooks Matauri Bay, in the northernmost island of New Zealand. The propeller belonged to a ship called the Rainbow Warrior, which was deliberately sunk by French … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fire in the dark: the astonishing story of the Courrières mine disaster.

One hundred and eight years ago today, on March 10, 1906, an explosion and fire occurred deep underground in a coal mine owned by the Courrières mining company underneath the village … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ankara falling: the Ermenonville air disaster.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the crash of Turkish Airlines Flight 981, one of the most tragic air disasters in aviation history. On March 3, 1974, the fully-loaded DC-10, … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 1 Comment
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