The Medici of Florence

The Medici of Florence

The Medici Family rose to power on the successes of their banking and commerce ventures. The branch of the family that came to dominate Middle Age Florence descended from Giovanni di Bicci de Medici (1360-1429), who founded the Medici Bank in Florence. It was through...
The Black Death in the Italian Peninsula

The Black Death in the Italian Peninsula

The Black Death was a pandemic that swept across the Eurasian landmass devastating the populations along the way. In Italy, the plague resulted in a human tragedy that transformed the region in ways that could not be anticipated. The Black Death arrived in the Italian...
Edgar Allen Poe Museum

Edgar Allen Poe Museum

I could never claim to be a fan of Edgar Allen Poe. I have never read any of his works from start to finish. But I was and am familiar with him, and that’s even before seeing the John Cusack film “The Raven” a number of years ago. So, when my wife...
Memories of Budapest Part 2

Memories of Budapest Part 2

In March 2017, my wife and I spent 4 days in Budapest, Hungary. Here are a few more pictures from our trip. I will have a few thoughts to share on our time there in a future post. Heroes Square, laid out in 1896 to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the founding...