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A Most Pleasant Journey

Travel, it has been said, provides insights into places, people, and even more importantly, into the smallness of our individual places in the vast sweep of time and space. Having recently returned from a trip to Rome and Naples and a cruise to a number of Greek islands, I can testify to the accuracy of the observation.

Virtually every turn offered reminders of the greatness of the ancient Greek and Roman empires, each of which lasted about half a millennium and made monumental contributions to art, architecture, history, government, mathematics, science, and philosophy.… Read More


The Mijas Mystery

Spain MountainsThe town of Mijas is set high up on a mountain in the Costa del Sol region of Spain. It affords spectacular views of the Mediterranean, as well as of several cities thousands of feet below.

We reached the town by car, ascending by a seemingly infinite series of hairpin curves on a narrow crowned road that pulled the car toward the rocky face of the mountain on the way up.… Read More