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That Golden Sun Still Shines: A San Francisco Love Story

That Golden Sun Still Shines: A San Francisco Love Story

What happens when you love a city but it doesn’t love you back? Local writers had gathered in San Francisco’s Make-Out Room, with its Saturday-Night-Fever-meets-natural-history-museum vibe, to read their stories about a city that, by many accounts, was losing its unique spirit. San Francisco has attracted adventurers, eccentrics, and strivers […]

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Travel Pursuits Poland: The Best-Laid Plans

Travel Pursuits Poland: The Best-Laid Plans

Adjacent to Kraków sits Nowa Huta, an in-your-face proletarian antithesis to the medieval and Renaissance architecture found in Poland’s hub of intellectual and artistic expression. Begun in 1947, and funded by the Soviet Union, Nowa Huta is considered one of the finest examples of deliberate social engineering in the world. […]

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Newfoundland History 101

Newfoundland History 101

[We invite you to join us for a Travel Pursuit very close to Ann’s heart: In Search of the Newfoundland Soul, in August 2017. What’s in store for you in Newfoundland? Read on to find out!] What do you think of when you think of Newfoundland?    Because of the musical […]

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A Grand Tour, Classical Pursuits Style

A Grand Tour, Classical Pursuits Style

There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is the Chariot That bears the Human Soul – — Emily Dickinson       […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Welcome to the Rock!

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Welcome to the Rock!

“Knock, knock.” “Come on in. The door’s open.”     That’s the kind of open-armed reception you receive in Newfoundland, where we will be returning this August on the Travel Pursuit In Search of the Newfoundland Soul. As before, we will split our time between St. John’s and the Eastport […]

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See Naples with New Eyes

See Naples with New Eyes

[Editor’s note: Our first Naples departure is full! To reserve a place on our second departure, please call our travel partner Worldwide Quest at 1-800-387-1483. We hope you will join leader Nella Cotrupi on this unique literary adventure.] Buon giorno, I recently learned that Francesca Siniscalchi, who has established a […]

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Poland in the Afternoon

Poland in the Afternoon

WHAT: An afternoon of cookies and conversation about Polish poetry and film. A screening of Krysztof Keislowski’s Dekalog: Two. Information about our May trip to Krakow and Zakopane will be available. WHEN: Friday, February 10, 2017 – 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: Toronto, Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd, […]

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Come Walk with Us

Come Walk with Us

By Gary Schoepfel [Editor’s note: Only a few spaces remain on our June 2017 trip The Road Less Travelled: Caminho Português. Renew your mind, body, and spirit on our journey that combines walking a centuries-old pilgrimage route with the pleasures of being in nature and sharing conversation among friends old […]

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No Mere Discord of Flags

No Mere Discord of Flags

[This essay brings together my reflections on the June 2016 trip The Pity of War and ideas I’ve been exploring as part of a larger project on literature about war.] Down in the trench, it was easy to imagine the rain would keep falling forever and the swath of sky […]

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Hotels You May Never Want to Leave

Hotels You May Never Want to Leave

By Laurielle Penny When we create a trip for Classical Pursuits, we pay attention to where you put your head down at the end of a day filled with amazing experiences. I’m recently back from a trip to South India scoping out the hotels for Melanie Blake’s Temples, Traders & […]

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