• Wikipedia on Romeo & Juliet

    As to the historical basis for the Romeo and Juliet story, Wikipedia doesn’t answer the question but its information does helps explain why the guide books were confused. Of the several plays that predate Shakespeare’s (which was written between 1591-95), the earliest two claim their tales were based on a true story. The first was […]

  • Misguided

    Once it was Baedeker or nothing. Now a slew of guidebooks compete for the privilege of answering the traveler’s every question. Usually I take along only one book, but on one trip to Northern Italy many years ago, I packed four: Fodor’s for the basics, Michelin for authoritative facts and maps, and, just in case […]

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