The Amazing Cities Series brings to life the way London, Paris, New York and the other cities came to be what they are today. Each one of them are invaluable guides for students, tourists and, most of all, the people who call those cities their home.
When did you last go to your local library? When did you last go to a bookshop? I like both places because I like books. But, it is a long time since I went to my community library. Also, I am not visiting bookshops as often as I did. The reason is that I have [...]
In just over three months, the 2012 Olympic Games will commence in London. The competitors have been training hard. The organizers have been working night and day to get the facilities ready. But, why do we have the Olympics? Where and when did they start? Why where the Olympics Games banned by the Romans? Who [...]
‘No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.’ So, said the great writer Charles Dickens. He would have known for he walked the streets of London during the mid 19th century, seeing the poverty and destitution. As a result, he wrote compelling novels like Oliver and Great Expectations. [...]
One of my most interesting days was spent in the city of Sydney, Australia. with Eugene Fernandez, a business friend. He offered to show me around the great city where he lives. We started at Botany Bay, the site made famous by Captain Cook who landed there in 1770. He and Joseph Banks, the botanist, took back glowing [...]
If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would you choose? Mark Twain, the great American novelist, would be high on my list. His ability to tell a good story with, no doubt, a mid west drawl, would be great entertainment. I am sure he would make me laugh and possibly bring a tear to the [...]
City of Nancy This year I made a tour of the eastern part of France including the cities of Dijon, Tours and Nancy. It was a pleasant tour with time to see the countryside and visit the smaller towns also. In each place, I admired the architecture. It is amazing what the architects and builders [...]