My somewhat quirky views as I gaze at the world around me!

Archive for May, 2013



The Library of Celsius at Ephesus, Turkey rivaled the one at Alexandria in Egypt in the number and quality of manuscripts kept there.  So much so, that the Egyptians eventually prohibited the export of such to it.  Although now only a ruin, as is much of the once great port of Ephesus, it’s facade makes it easy to image the beauty without and knowledge hidden within.  Ephesus also is the site of many Greek/Roman ruins including the Temple of Artemis, considered one of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Copyright 2013                                       Mary Jane E Clark




Ah, New Orleans, LA or NOLA!  I never thought I’d enjoy it as much as I did and now can’t wait to return!  The 2 signs below epitomize the city….KEEP DOORS CLOSED, yet in 5 days, I never saw that door closed.  By contrast the sign at Willie‘s Chicken Shack, en anglais, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL, says it all!  The rules are fluid, alcoholic beverages are allowed in open containers on the streets, the music is vibrant and diverse, as is the population.

Besides the French Quarter, with all its unhealthy behaviors from drinking to sex, drugs and rock n roll as well as beignets, the rest of the city offers an incredible range of delights.  To name a few, St Charles Avenue Streetcar through the Garden District and Tulane, the Riverwalk with its Aquarium, numerous sculptures and memorials to the Holocaust, to Immigrants, to Children and on and on………….absolutely fascinating  to walk and see not only the riverboat restaurants, but the working ferries and freights, reminding one the New Orleans is one of the most import ports of the South.  The World War II museum is very well done and well worth a half day visit for a very modest price.

Having been in turn ruled by French, Spanish and British, I’m so glad it’s part of the United States.  In fact, during the Famine Years in Ireland (1840-50), it was the 2nd most active port receiving Irish immigrants (after New York).  And their lead up to St Patrick’s Day rivals Dublin’s, second only to the Mardi Gras celebrations!

So, visit the Bead City and laissez le bon temps rouler!

(I’ll still be featuring all-Ireland blogs at so come visit me there, too)

Copyright 2013                        Mary Jane E Clark




Anywhere you travel in Ireland, you’ll see mile after mile of stone walls.  These were constructed to serve 3 purposes:  marking of property boundaries, shelter for animals in bad weather and, finally, to get rid of stones in the fields.  These are  always built without mortar and with small openings which allows the wind to blow through rather than knocking the wall down.

Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, lies off the west coast of Ireland, is part of County Galway and measures 8 miles long by 2 miles wide (13 km x 3 km).  There are more than 7000 MILES of stone walls on the island!

Copyright 2013                         Mary Jane E Clark


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