Florence is a Machine

Florence is a Machine

Here we are.  Touring churches and  palazzos and dodging the shocking October crowds here in Florence. I am surprised at how many new discoveries are on display.  In the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, there are 3 frescoes discovered from 2004 to 2011 behind the frames of other paintings.  Restoration took several years so they [...]

Just Back: Gettysburg

Just Back: Gettysburg

For Independence Day we explored some of the history of Gettysburg, Pa.   Started with a 3-hour tour of the battlefield itself with Licensed Battlefield Guide, Susan.  There is a lot of geography to cover, so she drives your car and explains the history on the move. Extraordinarily informative. And, of course it was the [...]

1864 Rules OK

1864 Rules OK

Hoboken has a questionable claim to being the place where the first modern baseball game was played: Elysian Fields on the banks of the Hudson River, not Cooperstown. The folks at the historical society take it seriously and compete in an anachronistic baseball league. I caught a couple of innings this afternoon. The bad guys [...]