Category Archives: Classics

A place to call home

On our last evening at Squirrel Cove, we watched the storm wash the sky away. Lightning crimped the edge of clouds and a peppery wind was whipping up whitecaps close to shore. The piano broke into a waltz, the sound … Continue reading

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On the road again

The engine groans as it grinds up the hill in a tight curve. The windshield is caked over with dust, the ochre smudged off just above the steering wheel where the wipers have been working over time. They’re taking a … Continue reading

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Coffee chat

The noise and chatter draws you in as soon as you reach the glass doors. Step into the cafe and you are overflown by raucuous laughter, heated debates, shoulderslapping and shouts for “un vino mas”. It’s hard to reach the … Continue reading

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In the company of Dickens

One of my most comfortable sleeps happened in a barn. It was the height of summer, and with high school just behind me, I buckled up my backpack for a two-week hike-and-camp with the gang in the Carpathians. The air … Continue reading

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Irish lore

Once upon a time, a great tribe of warriors and druids roamed the emerald-green island of Erie. Theirs was a land of mystic beauty, drained by sparkling brooks and rushing waterfalls, fragrant with loamy moss and tart crab apples, crowned … Continue reading

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Verona’s star-crossed lovers

The massive oak-carved doors are propped wide open, inviting Verona’s elite to the Capulets’ dinner party. Mellow torch flames throw dancing shadows along the stone walls, to the tremulous vibrations of citterns and lutes. Heavy brocart swishes down the parquette … Continue reading

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Venetian decadence

Gustav von Aschenbach sinks into the soft cushions of the gondola. The gentle rocking of the boat, the delicate splash of the waves against the lacquered hull lulls him into sleep. He savours the last mouthfuls of sweet cuttlefish, dissolving … Continue reading

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