Archives for February 2006

Gods and Monsters

Towering mountains, the Cyclops Coast and the sparkling Mediterranean have beckoned seafarers, conquerors and tourists to Sicily since Neolithic times.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) in Oxford

Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, is undoubtedly one of the jewels in England’s crown. Its striking mix of architectural styles, academic atmosphere, and peaceful gardens and river walks make it the perfect place to pause and view England as it was meant to be. But for the literary traveler, Oxford is more than just Olde England, it is a true gem, and at just forty-five minutes from London by train, it is an absolute must-see.

Elementary, My Dear Watson

Ferry across the Connecticut River, from Chester to Hadlyme, to a “Once upon a time,” kingdom. Perched on the summit of “The Seventh Sister” the highest of seven imposing hills, is the formidable Gillette Castle. Built of local fieldstone, the castle with its tower and turrets, reigns over the lower Connecticut River Valley like a medieval fortress on the Rhine.

D. H. Lawrence Revisted

The lonely desert mesas stretched to a line of mountains etched on the stark blue horizon. At an elevation of 7,000 feet the morning air was crisp and cool, even though it was July in New Mexico. I was alone in front of a little shrine that reminded me of
a country chapel. It seemed an appropriate metaphor considering whose ashes were buried there — author D. H. Lawrence, the “priest of love.”