Author Archives: M. Roland

Laid-back Barfleur

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A deep, solemn bell rings out across the coastal town of Barfleur.  You can hear its very metallicness, if that can be a word, resonant with a sonorous medieval past. Later, as I sit in the warm afternoon sun,  the sound … Continue reading

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American Cemetery III: In proud remembrance of her sons

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In proud remembrance of her sons . . .1941-1945  Inscription on the reflecting pool monument.   I have two sons, one now 18, and tears spring to my eyes as I read this inscription.  And they do so, yet again, as I … Continue reading

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American Cemetery II: ‘an hondred thousand leyde ded upon the erthe’

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On June 6, 1944, 25,000 young men, Allied and German troops, lost their lives in Normandy, in some state of agony.  It seems as if a devastating event of this proportion could only have occurred in the horrific day of modern … Continue reading

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Traveling by Surprise

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I tend to travel by surprise.  A journey, as suggested in Guiliana Bruno’s Atlas of Emotion, is a complex experience of the voyeur, multi-layered and circuitous–the act of seeing, in contact with geography, art, architecture, and emotion. Headed north and east, … Continue reading

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1066!

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On the eve of Bastille Day, I drive northeast toward the Cotentin peninsula in Normandy.  My destination is the coastal town of Barfleur, site of Arthur’s continental landing and of the massing of his troops for the Roman campaign. the … Continue reading

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Calais

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To retrace my previous day’s journey for a moment: I came through the once-bustling port of Calais, primary site of embarkation and debarkation for sea travelers between England and France.  That seems simple to say now.  Calais and the region … Continue reading

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Dreaming and dragons

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We left Arthur sleeping, these many months, on the dark English sea, beginning an overnight sea journey to France and his long to march to Rome.  Isn’t that how it is in a dream?  A moment can seem a lifetime; time … Continue reading

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