Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

New Year’s surprise: Paris, France, c2006

A gift from Paris that came each New Year’s setting the tenor of the year ahead

Blue Guide to Yugoslavia: Paris, France, 1970

A travel guide to Yugoslavia, before war tore it apart

Tincture of cacao bean: Lyon, France, date unknown

Tincture of cacao, an antiquated medicine best taken with vodka


Tincture of viburnum: Lyon, France, date unknown

The bark of a shrub used as an antispasmodic

Fluid extract bottle: Paris, France, c1870s

The story of a 19th century medicine bottle, from the Marais in Paris

Guerlain container: Paris, late-19th century

A 19th C container by Guerlain, the French perfume house, ends up on the Bowery in New York


Extract for Eucalyptus Syrup: Melun, France, date unknown

An antique bottle of eucalyptus extract for the relief of respiratory ailments

The global change in health and wealth over 200 years

A Swedish mathematician illustrates the global change in health and wealth over the last 200 years

Debonair portrait: Pontremoli, Italy, 1920

A debonair young man in the 1920s sends his greetings to a lady


Reading Ian Buruma on the division of Belgium

In the New Yorker, Ian Buruma misses the historical origins of the divide in Belgium

Where to eat in Venice

Where to eat in Venice that isn’t going to be a huge disappointment

Portrait of a couple: Florence, Italy, c1900

A couple on the outskirts of Florence have their portrait taken in the early-1900s


New Italy photos now online

Just back from a couple months in Italy and the new photos are now online

So, is Ghent really better than Antwerp and Bruges?

Sean’s Ghent article in Travel + Leisure sparks controversy as local partisans weigh in

Student railway pass: Bologna, Italy, 1941

A travel artifact from the Fascist era in Italy