BBC – Culture – How the modern train has become the luxury travel option

Is this the new age of the train? Dominic Lutyens explores the brave new world of futuristic rail travel.

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A Classic Fairy Tale City, Old Quebec!

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Old Quebec is a classic fairy take city surrounded by citadels and forts at every corner. The moment we entered the city through giant dome shaped gateways, I was already in the awe of the city. Every little street we crossed to reach our hotel had horse buggies running along the pavements bustling with tourists. Every nook and corner of the city was filled with street musicians playing guitar, piano, saxophone and all kinds of instruments. The music being soft and mellow was very soothing to hear.

Our first day at Old Quebec, we checked into the Fairmont Le Chateau that is a palace like looking hotel in the heart of the city. Located right by the Lawrence River, the Le Chateau looks no less than a historic mansion. As we walked out of our hotel, we started to make our way to the lower town down the stairs to…

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Snow Day!

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If you live in the Lower South, an honest to goodness Snow Day is as scarce as hen’s teeth… especially in December, more especially this close to Christmas!  We’re more apt to have weather reports that hint at – A Light Frost, Possible Snow Flurries or A Light Dusting of Snow in low lying areas than the real thing. A Snow Day is rare and beautiful.

For one magical day- it snowed all day- silently steadily covering Boxwoods, which looked like big frosted cupcakes.

Garden chairs had icy white down cushions. Roses glittered, magnolia leaves bowed under the weight, holly berries peaked out and even decorated a cake!

Camellias seemed even more beautiful under frosted green leaves. A sassy Garden Statuary showed off her White Pill Box Hat! 85C923D5-BA84-4A02-A62D-1F1605DDF93F

Trees took on an haunting beauty…

Serene Garden scenes…

Cozy Snacks by Firelight appeared in beautiful array…

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Posters of the Winter Season | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

The following is a guest post by Jan Grenci, Reference Specialist for Posters, Prints and Photographs Division.

Winter is one of my favorite seasons, what with the snow, and the cookies, and the caroling. There are a number of posters in the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division that illustrate some of the things that make winter the most wonderful time of the year.

Posters of the Winter Season. A blog post at “Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos” on 2017-12-06.

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Thanksgiving in the South…

The South, and Thanksgiving.. wonderful post!

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FABD3DC6-D245-4805-B4AE-374585D66D08It’s occurred to me that Thanksgiving in the South offers some interesting enlightenment of our people and our region.. All regions know how interesting, maddening, delightful and hilarious family holidays can be! Here we never want to be too critical of the family because, well it’s not exaggerating to say that Southern Food, Southern Beauty and Southern Accents are far superior. The South has eye popping beauty- refined, rustic or rough as a cob, like the people who’re from here.

Take the Grumpy Uncle who can get loud- you know the type- knows it all but never knows when to hush up.  His scope of the political landscape is daunting- he’s a ‘law and order, hang ’em high and often’ kind of guy- His wife watches NPR and graciously corrects him -saying ‘Thank you darling for sharing your perspective’. They stopped watching the nightly news together years ago and have agreed to disagree. She likes diversity- attends Combined Worship Services with all Communities- Grumpy Uncle stays home.

Then there’s the Nephew who lives for the…

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