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Mountainfilm 2014

Each Memorial Day weekend, Mountainfilm in Telluride hosts its annual film festival. This year was the 36th celebration of film honoring indomitable spirit. The mission of Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing and conversations worth sustaining.

The films presented are [...]

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Rediscovering Central Park

I have been back in New York City for the past week, and located in an apartment very close to Central Park. The weather has finally turned a little warmer in New York, so I and many other New Yorkers have been able to venture out into the park after a long, cold, nasty winter. [...]

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Barre Class

Today in New York City, I went to a ‘barre class’ for the first time in about 18 months. ‘The barre method’ is an exercise regime developed by Lotte Burke who helped dancers recover and maintain their core strength. It is now a concept in fitness that has swept the U.S. No wonder…..it is ideal [...]

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A Learning Experience

Many of you who are regular subscribers to Red Tambourine may have noticed a lapse in the posts…..I have been overwhelmed with a writing project during these past three weeks and have not been able to work on my posts for this blog. I have been working on writing the text for a new book [...]

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Table D’hote

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit a food factory located in the countryside south of Tours — about an hour south of Tours — so basically in the middle of  ’nowhere’. It is a very specialized commercial food factory with a very good reputation. They make prepared meals for many different companies.
I was [...]

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Adventure #2 on the Swiss Trains

(or “How I learned how expensive it is to travel by train and taxi in Switzerland”)
A terrible thing happened to me: my computer CRASHED. This was a serious crash. I couldn’t even get it to open or start up. The problem, which the computer had been warning me about, was that my start-up disk was [...]

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Adventures on the Swiss Trains

Switzerland is famous for a well-developed, timely train system. I’ve learned a lot about Swiss trains in the last week or so……let me share some of my adventures with you.
First of all, it is a very quick trip between Paris and Geneva on the TGV — the high speed train. It takes three hours, station [...]

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I am particularly fond of ‘baci’ — the hazelnut chocolate kisses made by Perugina. The best part is the fortune that comes with every ‘kiss’!  I admit that some of the fortunes can be compared to those found in Chinese fortune cookies, but sometimes I come across one that truly speaks to me. I try [...]

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An Unexpected Visit to Verona

Last week I had an unexpected opportunity to visit Verona. Verona is a medium-sized city in the north of Italy, east of Milan and west of Venice. Probably what has made Verona most famous is the story of Romeo and Juliette. ‘Giulietta’ is her Italian name….
Like many Italian cities of its size, Verona is a [...]

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The Secret Life of Tulips

A week ago Saturday, while grocery shopping at the local Coop in Switzerland, we stopped to buy some flowers. They had tulips on special, and I really LOVE tulips — but my companion pointed out to the saleslady that tulips are ‘problematic.’ They often fall over the vase and look collapsed. This is true, but [...]

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