Posts by Paul

“The Road from the Past” and “Paris to the Past”

Ina Caro is my hero! She has written two of the most perfect Cruisereader.com books ever. If you are traveling to France any time soon, pick up The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France and Paris to the Past: Traveling through French History by Train as soon as possible. Your trip to France will be transformed. If you know friends ...

Chartres Cathedral

Decades ago, when I lived in Paris, I was told to catch the train to Chartres in time for the two English tours given each day at the Cathedral. Leaving from Gare Montparnasse, the suburban train is a bit of a milk run. But, I got there just before the Noon talk. I was fascinated by the cathedral and the speaker, Malcolm Miller. After scarfing down ...

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World

I love Paris! Decades ago, in one of my early careers, I was lucky enough to live in Paris for about two years. I walked and walked all over the city, usually with chocolate covered galette cookies for my energy boost. So, when I was given The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, I was ready to dive in and renew my acquaintance with ...

The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry

There are very few events in British history as important as the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bayeux Tapestry, a seventy-meter long, embroidered cloth, tells the story of this cataclysmic struggle for royal succession. The Tapestry has an interesting history of its own. For centuries, it was displayed at the Bayeux Cathedral in Normandy as a proud record ...

Tour of Celebrity’s Solstice

Just fifteen feet. You would think it was fifteen yards. When the Celebrity Solstice was launched in Fall of 2008, she was a bit of a dare. Her beam, or width, was 121 feet. This was 15 feet wider than the maximum width, (“Panamax”), allowed in the Panama Canal. It meant the Solstice and her four sisters would never go through those narrow locks. ...

Great Expectations

Say “Merry Olde England” three times and who comes to mind? Chances are good, Charles Dickens was one of the top mentions. His several novels provide an eye-witness view of the England of the 19th Century. Many consider Great Expectations to be one of his best. Several decades after erasing all personal experience of reading this story in ninth ...

Budget Friendly Cruise Vacations

Have you ever dreamed of boarding a cruise liner to watch whales as they swim in the majestic ocean or discover the diverse islands in the Caribbean? Although most people have this assumption that cruises are one of the most expensive ways to travel, not all of them are as extravagantly priced as one would initially think. In fact, there is quite a ...

The Princes in the Tower

The reigning British monarch, Elizabeth II, is such a paragon of impeccable propriety it is hard to imagine that some of her predecessors were unstintingly ruthless. Ever since William the Conqueror built the Tower of London, it has been witness to many a tale of sovereign shenanigans. Henry VIII beheaded two wives there. His daughters, “Bloody Mary” ...

Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life

If I asked you to name the most notorious German dictator of the Twentieth Century, known for intense German nationalism and anti-Semitism, it would not surprise me if you nominated Adolf Hitler. However, there is definitely a case to be made for Kaiser Wilhelm II. The leading scholar on the subject is John C. G. Rohl, who has produced a 4,000 page, ...

Fantastical and Authentic

I recently made the acquaintance of Marija Bulatovic and read her childhood memoirs in Fantastical: Tales of Bears, Beer and Hemophilia. The book is a collection of vignettes from her youth, growing up in a Yugoslavian village in the 1980’s. For inveterate travelers, the immense value of this book is that it moves past the guidebooks and histories ...