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Ides of March

History of the Ides of March: Who should Beware?

By billpetro / March 15, 2020 /

HISTORY OF THE IDES OF MARCH According to the ancient Roman calendar, the ides fell on the 13th of the month with the exception of the months March, May, July, and October, when it fell on the 15th of the month. Something epochal occurred in 44 B.C. Et tu, Brute? It was on March 15,…

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Munich Starkbierfest

History of Starkbier Festival

By billpetro / March 13, 2020 /

HISTORY OF STARKBIER FESTIVAL Today, March 13 begins the Starkbierfest. The heart of this festival is in Munich, Germany, specifically at Paulaner am Nockherberg Brewery, where it all began, and lasts about two weeks. It is unlike its more well-known sibling Oktoberfest in a few ways. Little Known Outside of Germany and Munich in particular,…

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History of Reek Sunday, part 3: Location

By billpetro / July 26, 2019 /

HISTORY OF REEK SUNDAY, Part 3: LOCATION In our previous article on Reek Sunday, we discussed the Pilgrimage to County Mayo, Ireland for Cruach Phadraig — as it is known in Irish — that is also called “The Reek.” It stands at 764 meters or 2510 feet elevation. It is located about 5 miles from…

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History of Reek Sunday, part 2: Pilgrimage

By billpetro / July 25, 2019 /

HISTORY OF REEK SUNDAY, part 2: PILGRIMAGE Pilgrims, nature lovers, archeologists, historians, and hill climbers come from all over the world to climb the mountain on Reek Sunday. In our previous article, we discussed the Tradition. Here we discuss the pilgrimage that has been going on for centuries, and an older one for millennia. More…

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History of Reek Sunday

By billpetro / July 24, 2019 /

HISTORY OF REEK SUNDAY Several years ago at this time of the Summer, I was on the west coast of Ireland, where they say, “West o’ here, ta next parish over, tat’s Boston.” This Sunday, the last one in July every year, marks Reek Sunday, or Garland Sunday in Ireland. During this event between 25,000…

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13-PEI

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

By billpetro / August 19, 2018 /

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION I spent an extended two-week period this summer in New England and Canada, particularly Maine and Prince Edward Island. Here is my travel log.         Day 1: Maine My first time in Maine. Motto of the Interstate “Camp in the woods, not the left lane.” It only…

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Michalangelos David

Florence Galleria – Michelangelo’s David

By billpetro / November 4, 2008 /

FLORENCE GALLERIA – MICHELANGELO’S DAVID To see the statue of David, for the first time takes your breath away. In the tribune at the end of a long gallery lit naturally from above by a glass cupola, this statue is the most beautiful man-made thing I’ve ever seen. You know the familiar story from the…

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SmartCars

Driving In Italy

By billpetro / November 4, 2008 /

DRIVING IN ITALY It has been said that you have to be CRAZY to drive in Italy, but I tell you that you MUST be crazy to drive in Italy — preferably homicidal. Drivers here are assertive and aggressive, believing that it is more blessed to take the right of way than to give it.…

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Let’s Float Down to Peru

By billpetro / June 15, 2008 /

PERU In Frank Sinatra’s song “Come Fly With Me” the second verse starts with: Come fly with me, lets float down to Peru In llama land, there’s a one man band And he’ll toot his flute for you Come fly with me, well float down in the blue While no one man band was in…

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