Author: DocJohnBDate of Trip: May 2006 The only similarities between a freighter cruise and mass market cruising is the sea…well, maybe not. Background I started thinking about taking a freighter cruise many years ago, but it was always in the back of my mind. Last year while on a Mexican Riviera cruise we were in the port of Manzanillo where I noticed a number of containerships in port with us. Late in the afternoon one of these ships got underway. I was watching it depart using binoculars when I noticed a lady walking on the bridge wing. She was taking pictures and I had the thought that she was a passenger. Well, that got me to thinking again about freighter cruising. Around the first of the year I started doing some internet research. There are only 3 or 4 companies in the U.S. that deal with bookings (although individual travel agents do so). I eventually picked a company out of Connecticut called Maris Freighter Cruises (http://freightercruises.com/). The company is … [Read more...] about Freighter Trip to the Mediterranean
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by Elise WarnerFerry 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.Within the castle are secret passageways, a staircase that disappears, a mysterious hide-a-way and locks that would challenge anyone but Sherlock Holmes.Begun in 1914 and completed in 1919, at the cost of one million dollars, the castle was the “retirement home” of William Gillette, the actor, playwright and inventor. Gillette gave the breath of life to Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional Sherlock Holmes, wrote two plays “Sherlock Holmes” and “The Painful Predicament of Sherlock Holmes” and earned over three million dollars, a hefty amount in those days, … [Read more...] about Elementary, My Dear Watson
by Joe KovacsIt’s something of an oddity to mention writers and Washington DC, in the same sentence; one traditionally associates the city with the federal government and policy-making. But in the years immediately following World War I, one of the most significant social and cultural movements of the 20th century, the Harlem Renaissance, received substantial support from an artistic cadre within Washington, including the young poet Langston Hughes.The Harlem Renaissance, ultimately centered in New York, was characterized during the 1920s and 1930s by an outpouring of literature and intellectual thought from black artists and activists who helped define black pride and identity in a society dominated by whites.The seeds of the movement were planted in one respect through incidents of interracial tension and rioting that rippled through the United States during in the summer of 1919. The migration of unemployed blacks to northern cities was at an all-time high during the Great … [Read more...] about The Harlem Renaissance, Washington DC And the Rise of Langston Hughes
Tourists don't visit the children's court in Mendoza, Argentina. Why would they? The three-story, cement-block building sits in the heart of a centuries-old colonial town that offers sightseers plenty of historic, whitewashed landmarks. But well-tended rose gardens surround the courthouse, and if on your tour through Mendoza you glimpsed them, you might ignore the building and snap a photo. If you had official business inside, however, you might ignore the flowers and see only the building. It looks just like a courthouse should: intimidating.Rewind to December 14, 2007, when Jordan Romero entered the court, along with his dad, Paul, and Karen Lundgren, Paul's longtime partner. They are not tourists. They are climbers. And they hope to summit 22,841-foot Aconcagua. But unlike other mountaineers–who arrive in Mendoza, pay the $300 permit fee, and head to basecamp–Jordan has an extra challenge to overcome. Park regulations prohibit climbers younger than 14 years old. Jordan … [Read more...] about Higher Education: Should 13-Year-Old Jordan Romero Climb Everest?