Monthly Archives: May 2011

Among friends in Zurich

This entry is part 32 of 36 in the series Sabbatical.

Leaving from Lens on Thursday morning, I had a very pretty drive through the flatlands of northern France as I made my way to Zurich. It turned out I was following the route of the WWI frontline for part of the journey as I crossed over the Canal du Nord and saw signs for Valenciennes and several other Canadian battle sites. As I got closer to Switzerland the terrain became hillier and hillier. No Swiss Alps today though. I arrived in my hotel room at 5:30 pm and by 6:30 I was among friends in the lobby. More

Lest we forget…

This entry is part 31 of 36 in the series Sabbatical.

Monday morning I picked up my car at Gare du Nord and was off to Lens, which is 7 km from the Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge. It was a nice drive (back on the righthand side!) through the French countryside. What I found surprising, especially as I entered the Arras region, was how small the towns and villages still are. There doesn’t appear to have been the urban sprawl that happens elsewhere. Does everyone move to the cities? More

Mon weekend à Paris

This entry is part 30 of 36 in the series Sabbatical.

The Eurostar train got me from St. Pancras station in London to Gare du Nord in Paris in just a bit over two hours. After checking in at the hotel about seven o’clock, I dumped everything and went out to see the sights. More

Old buildings and modern people

This entry is part 27 of 36 in the series Sabbatical.

I continued my personal down time by driving to London for a week of exploring old buildings. We tourists come to see the glory of architectural history and want things to stay the same as much as possible, forgetting that most of these very old buildings are still being used… More