Originally posted on Travel With Molly:
Despite all the research, though, it was still a trip that was chock full of ‘pinch me’ moments. You know – those ones that take you by surprise, the ones where you end up somewhere that you never thought you would be lucky enough to be, the ones that make you feel alive and that you remember forever. Seeing the Dome of the Rock for the first time. Standing on the Old City walls of Jerusalem. Seeing the Judean desert.
And floating in the Dead Sea.
Originally posted on The Orient Excess:
The novel’s enduring popularity three centuries after it was written speaks not of the quality of the writing, which even at its time was considered to be ‘simple’ at best. Nor is it’s success due to the storyline, with it’s puritan Christian overtones, it’s approval of cultural imperialism and it’s occasional racism, all of which ought to have consigned it to the murky depths of history alongside so many of it’s contemporaries, none of which I could name. And that’s kind of the point I’m making.
We remember this one book because the idea speaks to us. Now more so than ever. In a world where each of us is electronically connected to the globe, and where our lives are dependant upon, and to some extent controlled by, a myriad machines and technologies that we do not understand, so many of us long for something simpler. And what could be simpler than living alone on a deserted island, utterly self-sufficient and with no one to answer to? (* Yes, I know Crusoe wasn’t alone, but Alexander Selkirk, the real life character on which the story is based, was. For over four years.)
Originally posted on Road Essays :
Originally posted on Mommy Man:
To everyone who read the post, I want to say a couple of things. One, many people wanted to make sure I know that Disney treats everyone as well as they treated my family. It’s their goal to make us all feel special. That couldn’t make me happier. I’d love to think that everyone who goes to Disney World has as wonderful a vacation as we did.
Originally posted on The Curious Rambler:
If you weren’t able to make it to Russia for the Winter Olympics, how about a trip to Nice, France? I know it’s not quite the same, but it’s warmer and you can see a lovely Russian cathedral. Nice has had a strong Russian community since the mid 1800s when the Russian nobles would spend their winters here mingling with the rest of Europe’s high society. The Tsars tended to stay home and run the country, but the more delicate Tsarinas would pass their winters in the Riviera sunshine. In Nice, a church, a chapel, and a cathedral remind us of three generations of Tsarinas who made this their winter home.