“Here’s looking at you, kid” Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Casablanca

Simple but effective plot, suspense, love, even humor, great cast – Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre… great music, great script, it is full of memorable quotes and one liners

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Fifty great memories from The Camino

Sinin’s bar, La Torre, in a God forsaken village (Reliegos). A balm for my heart, cracking jokes while I iced my shin, charged my phone, and ate a delicious bocadillo de bonito with Duke Ellington blaring.

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Gear for El Camino. What should I pack?

There are a few things to keep in mind when packing for the Camino:

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Fifty pilgrims I met on the Camino

Rolf, an inquisitive young Swiss carpenter. Katrina, a German girl who booked it past Roncesvalles on her first day! Two Spanish retirees. One climbing the Pyrenees, one that led us into Burgos. James, a lovely, funny, tall young Englishman with whom I chatted about beech forests and Hemingway. Diego, a young restless Italian architect with […]

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El Camino de Santiago

It is little things like these that make the Camino a journey of self re-discovery, of renewal, it gives you time to forgive, to let go, to forget.

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First year in Naples, Florida. Thank goodness for the Naples Philharmonic (and Opera Naples)

One of the highlights of my first year here has been discovering Artis Naples

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My girlfriend

Her full name is Mélanie de Forbin-Gardanne, Marquise de Villeneuve-Flayosc

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