Yearly Archives: 2001

EMILY IS RUNNING………

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NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Emily is running.  Somewhere. I believe she’s running — even if her running shoes are lonely and empty, lying  on the altar of St. Aloysius Church, and she doesn’t need them any more. Alongside the shoes are her medals, earned as a state championship runner for alma mater, New Canaan High, …

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AN INSPIRED RIDE THROUGH CHABLIS

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CHABLIS, France – This town tastes good. Sounds good, too, rolling along the tongue like its namesake product, the golden elixir: shah-BLEE. Or, as my friend, Stefano “Frugal” Furgal, pronounces it, “shaaahhh-blee. Because, “That’s the feeling this wine gives me – an extended, ‘Ah!’ ” He is saying, “Ah!” a lot today since the hospitable …

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A GALAXY UNTO ITSELF, L’ETOILE CONFOUNDS US

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PARIS, FRANCE – Fasten your seat belts and unfasten the cap on the Valium bottle because we’re going to be starstruck, enclosed, embroiled, trapped in l’Etoile. It sounds like a swell place, l’Etoile (the Star), but beware. It’s a nice place to visit – in a tank or armored car – but you wouldn’t want …

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BHUTAN 2001

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THIMPU, Bhutan — They look like springer spaniels on steroids, but with imposing horns: husky black-and-white yaks crowd the so-called road, abruptly eyeball-to-eyeball with the driver, Tshering, and our leader, Dr. John Constable, in the front seat as the van rounds a rock-walled curve. The van is not labeled with a bumper sticker such as …

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A COOK’S TOUR OF THE ENDEAVOUR

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Is Captain Cook receiving visitors today? Alastair Shaw, standing on the deck of Cook’s glorified (nonetheless illustrious) sailboat called the Endeavour, replies, “Sorry, you’re 222 years too late. The good captain departed this earth in 1779. Actually you’ve missed him by 232 years, since the Endeavour reached New Zealand in 1769.” …

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