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Desert Kingdom

© Charles & Mary Love_Petra, “The Treasury”

With the political upheavals in the Middle East, it’s understandable that North Americans express concern about traveling to the region. But Jordan’s relevance to current affairs, as well…Continue Reading

Performing Arts
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Spanish Impressionism

We’ve always been inspired by the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. After all, what’s not to like about Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit or Debussy’s L’Isle Joyeux or Reflets dans L’eau. Or the lesser-known Debussy masterpieces like the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp and Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano.

But what about the…Continue Reading

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From Fire and Clay

Our interest in ceramics has led us to collect, not only North Carolina pottery, but also ceramics worldwide that have influenced the North Carolina tradition—works, for example, from England, Japan, China, Vietnam, Africa and Australia. One of the best…Continue Reading

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Tropical Cocktail

Panorama of Cartagena. © 2009 Charles & Mary Love

Since we discovered Cartagena, Colombia several years ago, we’ve been enthusiastically sharing information about this charming colonial port on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

The Spanish fort overlooking the walled…Continue Reading

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Midnight in Paris

Call us sentimentalists, but we loved Woody Allen’s latest movie, Midnight In Paris. The cinematography by Darius Khonndji was a celebration of the City of Light and highlighted landmarks like the Pont Alexandre III, Tuileries Gardens, the Eglise St. Entienne and more. There’s nothing to dislike about the soundtrack, which included classics by Cole Porter…Continue Reading