Category Archives: Catholica


And I’m not talking about Tuesday’s gelato consumption!  It’s that old time religion that’s the subject of this post.  Yep, you got it:  Catholicism.  What’s with these guys and their need to rub our noses in their wealth and power? … Continue reading

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Women in Black

Not all women in black are terrorists.  

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Pope Elmer?

Is it just my imagination or does this look an awful lot like Uncle Babe?  

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Auntie Billee Remembered

I had the great privilege of traveling several times with my mother and one of her younger sisters, Billee.  Billee was Catholic and she usually lit a candle when we were in cathedrals.  Since auntie Billee passed away, Michael and … Continue reading

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Avignon: 2015

What a difference 44 years make.  In 1971, when I was last in Avignon, my sister and I were doing the youth hostel, eurail, backpack thing.  We were 20 and 22 years old, respectively, and our finances were limited. This … Continue reading

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From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

After our lovely lunch at Chez Bebelle, Michael and I decided to take full advantage of the generosity of the French parking meter and, also, of the beautiful, sunny day and do a tiny bit of exploration in central Narbonne. … Continue reading

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Carcassone: Cite Medieval

There is more to Carcassonne that the walled, medieval city but you wouldn’t know it from this blog entry.  Michael and I headed over to Carcassonne on Tuesday, shortly after the rest of our group departed Cruzy for Toulouse and … Continue reading

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Not Another Cathar Castle!?

Friday, we were returning home to Cruzy.  Dave, Claire, Suzy and Paul wanted to go back to Lagrasse to visit the part of the abbey that was actually occupied by monks.  They were hoping for a behind the scenes, day-in-the-life-of-a … Continue reading

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Lisbon Interrupted

A few miscellaneous thoughts thought on our first few days in Lisbon: The cathedral was a big yawn . . . I think that the young lady shown above laid down to rest part way through her tour of the … Continue reading

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Back to Belem

Today, June 12, we went back to Belem as part of our Uniworld cruise/tour.  The trip reminded me that I have neglected to share my thoughts on one aspect of the area that I found intriguing. When we visited with … Continue reading

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