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GUEST BLOG—Armchair Travel with the Great Poets

GUEST BLOG—Armchair Travel with the Great Poets

By Lisa Pasold Winter nights, one of my greatest pleasures is looking forward to summer travels—and my favourite companions on these cold nights are poets who have voyaged before me. One of my most enduring affairs is with the work of Japanese 17th-century poet-monk Bashō. My motto is his line: […]

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GUEST BLOG – Po’boys and Naughty Girls with Lisa Pasold

GUEST BLOG – Po’boys and Naughty Girls with Lisa Pasold

Po’boys and Naughty Girls in N’Awlins October 7-14, 2014 with Lisa Pasold and Ann Kirkland in New Orleans. I’ve been working with Ann since 2002, when she began planning the first Classical Pursuits voyage to Paris. Ever since our initial meeting over hot chocolate at the Café des Deux Magots […]

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GUEST POST – Happy Year of the Horse from Lisa Pasold

GUEST POST – Happy Year of the Horse from Lisa Pasold

Gung Hei Fatt Choi! (or Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin) Happy Lunar New Year, and welcome to the Year of the Horse! I’m celebrating by rereading two fascinating memoirs about twentieth-century China: Anchee Min’s Red Azalea and Jan Wong’s Red China Blues. With the seminar “Living the Red Revolution,” I’m looking […]

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GUEST BLOG – Why on earth would Sharon Zane go back to Paris again?

GUEST BLOG – Why on earth would Sharon Zane go back to Paris again?

Ann has asked me to write a bit about why I will be taking part in La Belle Epoque trip to Paris this September, given that I have been to Paris more times than I can count and that I took part in an earlier Classical Pursuits trip there in […]

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GUEST BLOG – Ghazals – erotic & spiritual, by Lisa Pasold

GUEST BLOG – Ghazals – erotic & spiritual, by Lisa Pasold

The ghazal is my favourite poetic form—even though it’s less familiar than the sonnet or the haiku. A sonnet gives us a glimpse of the formalism and beauty of 12th century Italian literature, where that form was invented. Similarly, we study a haiku and discover an enduring Japanese spirit. English-language […]

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GUEST BLOG – Lisa Pasold on why September is best for visiting Paris’s glittering Belle Epoque

GUEST BLOG – Lisa Pasold on why September is best for visiting Paris’s glittering Belle Epoque

Paris is beautiful at any time of year, but autumn is my favourite season for conjuring the glittering world of the Belle Epoque. In September, the early fall light turns the city’s streets into scenes worthy of Degas and Monet. The Belle Epoque encompasses wonderfully diverse creative energies: composer Debussy, […]

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GUEST BLOG – French Immersion with Sean Forester, Lisa Pasold and Ann Kirkland

GUEST BLOG – French Immersion with Sean Forester, Lisa Pasold and Ann Kirkland

In Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris, the central character gets into a taxi and finds himself transported back to the 1920s. He walks into a cafe and sits down next to his literary heroes Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds. Wow. But then he meets a beautiful girl who dreams not […]

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TRAVEL + TORONTO PURSUITS 2013 – A sneak peek

Details are being firmed up. Check back often. TRAVEL PURSUITS – 2013 MARCH – Richmond Virginia, The Civil War (4 nights) We will explore this wrenching era in American history that  pitted neighbour against neighbour and in some cases, brother against brother through some of the finest American writing that emerged […]

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