GO THERE! Great art in Florence: FREE

Our two favorite things: Florence and FREE! Great tips on free art you can see in Florence. Now’s a great time to go. Heck with the kids. How many soccer games can a parent see? Leave ‘em with Grandma and head East to the Old Country while the tourists are few and the gustatory pleasures are many!

photo: BBC

 

GO THERE! Hang with puppets!

The World Puppetry Festival in the French Ardennes starts Friday, September 16th. Go there and bring us some souvenirs!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ca/Swanage_Punch_%26_Judy.JPG

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ca/Swanage_Punch_%26_Judy.JPG

History Schmistory: July 27. Lend me your ears…..

1890: Vincent van Gogh shoots himself; he dies two days later. Insert ear joke here.

'Self Portrait'  Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

‘Self Portrait’
Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory, July 18: “In Freedom We Are Born!”

1768 - The Boston Gazette published the “Liberty Song,” America’s 1st patriotic song. It was an American Revolutionary War song composed by patriot, John Dickinson. Come, join hand in hand, to sing this tune to the motherland!

History Schmistory, July 15: Roc-King Out!

1799 – The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign. It unfortunately did not give them the ability learn a new language online. It did however have three different languages written on it (Greek, Demotic & Hieroglyphic!)

 

Before internet was invented...

Before internet was invented…

History Schmistory, July 4: AMERICAAA!

1776 – American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress. There’s gonna be fireworks!

 

History Schmistory, July 3: A News Day for Norway!

1767 – Norway’s oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, was founded and the first edition was published. They needed a way to adress-a the news-a to the peopla-a.

The front page of the norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen (1905)  By Adresseavisen (Trondhjems Adresseavis) (The Norwegian National Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The front page of the norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen (1905) By Adresseavisen (Trondhjems Adresseavis) (The Norwegian National Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

History Schmistory, June 29: A Midsummer Nightmare

1613 - Shakespeare’s Globe Theater burned down. That light through the yonder window breaking? It was a fire. And while all that glistens may not be gold, all that is red and hot is most likely going to burn down a building.

 

"Globe Theatre, circa 1616" - Detail from van Visscher's original panorama, circa 1616.

“Globe Theatre, circa 1616″ – Detail from van Visscher’s original panorama, circa 1616.

History Schmistory, June 24: Dance Dance Revolution!

1374 - A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.This phenomena, know as “Dancing Mania” spread throughout Europe over the next few decades.

And still continues to effect “victims” all over the world today…

 

 

History Schmistory, March 28: Mona Winks!

1794 – The Louvre Museum in Paris opens to the public.
Leonardo Da Viinci's Masterpiece.  Not.

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