Monthly Archives: December 2011

Le Club des Poètes – invitation to you, the voyager

Perceptions are what hews the memory. Reality is what you perceive, or rather what you select and construct from your perceptions. Your mental image of Le Club des Poètes in Paris is constructed from what you remember from your last … Continue reading

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Le train bleu – a Parisian marvel

I had never heard of Le Train Bleu, a station buffet at the Gare de Lyon in Paris. And I had lived several years in Paris. How easy it is to miss a spectacular treasure of that city of so … Continue reading

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Choreographing the demise of the Soviet Union

It’s twenty years ago that the Soviet Union ceased to exist. That expansive state rapidly imploded without exploding, except at the edges. It was a surprisingly well-managed affair, which could so easily have descended into utter chaos or even civil … Continue reading

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