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After my train trip this past July from Paris to the Burgundy area of France (See my post, The Conductorless Train, posted August 7), I was not surprised when I read about the attack on the French train. In the August 24 Wall Street Journal article, “France Urges Vigilance After Terror on Train,” SNCF train... Read more »
This was a return visit and not so much a tour as a combination business and holiday with friends. I had been to Ireland four times already. For my previous two trips my husband and I had rented a cottage in Dun Quin on the Dingle Peninsula. I was very comfortable in Ireland and looking forward... Read more »
Going home from Le Creusot to the Charles de Gaulle Airport promised to be far easier than coming. The problem turned out to be finding a cool place to eat lunch while waiting for my train in Lyon and getting a taxi to the hotel at the airport. Familiar now with the ways in which the trains worked, I was less... Read more »
Today was Roman ruins and medieval churches. I awakened in the morning and peered out of the unshuttered windows in my bedroom to look up the road. You can see the the hills surrounding our cottage or village house as it is known as you look in the other direction.. The area is charming.... Read more »
The University of Limerick campus The ProComm Conference at which I am presenting a paper is at the University of Limerick which is just outside Limerick city. I flew into Limerick and then took a taxi to the University. There were no trains, a bus would not take me directly to the dorm where I... Read more »
My apologies for the delay in getting this going. Technical difficulties. I committed the unpardonable. I purchased a new computer, a Surface, just before leaving. I thought I had conquered it but I’m finding the change from click to swipe and the new desktop challenging. But I’m finally in and hopefully I will eventually be able... Read more »
The China I am seeing is the embodiment of its Confucian philosophy of Yin and Yang.Two parts in opposition to one another that make a whole. There is modernization but there is also pollution; urbanization but also the uprooting of a rural life, panda preservation but also panda business. Pandas are a profitable business, and,... Read more »
Here are some of my favorite pictures from my six days in early September at the Panda Research Center, Preserve and Breeding Center at Bifengxia, Sichuan Province, China. I was unable to get into my blog site while I was at the site.
We’re in Beijing today. I lost the internet in Ya’an where the pandas are so I will have to fill you in another day. It was quite an experience. Today we went to the Forbidden City. Many years ago I had read Pearl Buck’s books on China, including her Nobel Prize book, “The Good Earth.”... Read more »
We heard the most interesting and disturbing lecture last night by a local University professor who had been requested to speak to us by our guide after we had been asking questions about environmental problems. These were motivated by our experience in Xian where the “sun never shines” or at least hardly and then only... Read more »