Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Vol.82.4: Train Stories No. 6, The Ladies of the Rails (Part 3)

©2013,UrbisMedia

©2013,UrbisMedia

Strangers On A Train

Why did I do it!? Well into my thirteenth abstemious year and I light-up like a junkie who just lost his job and his girl. Why!? I knew if I had just

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Vol.79.1: Train Stories No. 5, THE ROMANTIC MACHINE

When trains first became a mode of intercity travel they opened a new world to those who could afford to travel in them. But it was still a time, before the advent of photography and the motion picture

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Vol.78.5: Train Stories No. 4, THE LADIES OF THE RAILS (Part 2)

©1983, UrbisMedia

©1983, UrbisMedia

[Continued from Part 1]

At Pisa we checked our luggage at the station and headed off for the obligatory staged photographs of each of us “holding the leaning tower from

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Vol.78.3: Train Stories No. 3, THE LADIES OF THE RAILS (Part 1)

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Most hyphenated Americans, especially those born in the good old USA, carry around some degree of nostalgia for what is commonly referred to as “the old country.”

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Vol.77.6: TRAIN STORIES NO. 2, THE TRAIN TO ÎLE DE BREHAT

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These days the image that springs to mind when one thinks of French trains is that of the TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse). The sleek silver and blue 185-mph

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Vol.77.3: Train Stories No. 1, The Chicagoan

Trains are my favorite form of transportation. With this piece I am introducing a mini-series of stories of my various experiences on trains over the years. Nothing

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Vol.76.3: “D’YA KNOW TH’ O’MALLEYS?” (a memoir)

Preamble: The following is from my 2007 book, The Stranger is Me.<span

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Vol.76.2: FLAUBERT IN EGYPT, trans. by Francis Steegmuller (1972) BR

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Gustave Flaubert might not have been the first, but he was perhaps the most successful novelist at expressing an oppressive monotony of mid-19th C French provincial

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Vol.75.4: MEGASHIP DOWN

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I took special notice of a recent item in the news. Most of what is reported in the news media––and we know that most of that is negative and depressing––has

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Vol.75.1: CITY ON THE SAND, CITY ON THE SEA : The Hubris of Dumbai (a re-issue of 61.2)

Individual floor rotating Dynamic Architecture building to be built Dubai.

Individual floor rotating Dynamic Architecture building to be built Dubai.

Over the years I have been to probably hundreds of cities in over 70 countries around the world. A lot of them I have written about. But there are some cities

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