Basque in the GloryMay 23 - Jun 02, 2019 (11 days)
Most Liveable Cities: Barcelona, Bilbao, OviedoOct 18-28, 2019 (11 days)
Most Liveable Cities: DetroitMay 21-25, 2020 (5 days)
Most Liveable Cities: HelsinkiAug 15-22, 2020 (8 days)
I am returning to my urban planning roots, thinking about the places I enjoy most and why. Cities, done well, count among humanity‘s greatest masterpieces. Cities are the birthplaces of civilization; centres of culture, trade, and progress. I am happily planning a series of trips to some of the world’s most liveable cities where we will discover what delights and enlivens people who call a particular city home.Memorable Moment
As part of our June Classical Pursuits 2016 trip, The Pity of War, I was able to take part in the nightly Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. I had discovered that a relative of a friend back home was memorialized on the wall of the gate, one of the 55,000 soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. Placing a poppy wreath during that solemn ceremony and accompanying others on the trip who sought and found the graves of their own fallen relatives were deeply moving. Reading the stirring words of the many young war poets at their own well-tended graves only heightened the horror and futility of this war.