Tag Archives: Renaissance

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition…

…especially when they’re in queue for a drink at Sherwood Forest Faire! Great costume with this gentleman but I stupidly got thrown by his headgear because I addressed him as “your excellency.” I think that’s what the French said with … Continue reading

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1302: Dante expelled from Florence

As many famous Italians artists of the Renaissance, we Americans only know the writer by Dante’s first name and are often stumped when asked, it’s Alighieri. The world also just knew him for his poetry but full-time writing came somewhat … Continue reading

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Renaissance Faire/Fest was great

Brought back two bottles of mead which has been a mystery and a staple of D&D for decades. Allegedly, it’s the favorite booze amongst elves or dwarves or gnomes, take your pick. It isn’t something you can get easily at … Continue reading

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Italian #56: Niccolò Machiavelli

Much like Orwell, Dickens and Kafka, poor Niccolò shares the distinction of being the second oldest author I know of, whose surname became an adjective everybody thinks they know the definition of…yet, the real person was nothing like it. Most … Continue reading

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A great mural at a pizza restaurant

What a great mashup! It combines one of my favorite movies with a favorite food. It works better than the Battlestar Galactica version on my Blu-Ray boxed set. I found this via Twitter…just did some quick research, I might see it … Continue reading

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Today’s Mood (October 2020)

It seems like the weekend isn’t enough to recuperate with because we Americans waste it running around, finishing the crap we didn’t accomplish during the week! Making the two days off a paradox. Even so, I ‘wasted’ my Saturday by … Continue reading

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Check out what I got in the mail from Amsterdam!

My friends who live in Amsterdam sent me the English links from the Rijks Museum to score these special Playmobil sets based upon famous paintings! Above is The Nightwatch by none other than Rembrandt. Stealth was not the plan as you … Continue reading

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Sherwood Forest Faire ’19

We had such a great time last year, we managed to come back sooner. Well, Sherwood is easier to take in than the Renaissance Faire which takes place in the “Fall.” I put quotes around the season because it’s still … Continue reading

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Italian #47: Christopher Columbus

On this day 525 years ago, Christopher Columbus and his three vessels full of Spaniards landed in the West Indies. Although he wasn’t the first to “discover” the Americas, he is rightfully the last. For after Columbus, the world would … Continue reading

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Italian #45: Giovanni Domenico Cassini

I will readily admit my annual celebration for Italian Heritage is off to a slow start. I blame too many things but in the end it’s my own fault. This year I did get some help from a real Italian … Continue reading

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Italian #33: Giordano Bruno

This year we’ve covered an Italian who affected food/candy and another with art, on to Science. If you watched the new Cosmos, you may remember Bruno’s name. He was the Dominican friar who proposed that the stars in the night sky … Continue reading

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