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Tomes on the Thames

If you’re like us, you like to delve into books before heading to a destination or once you’ve arrived. Reading takes you to a place before you arrive, and while there, sets the scene from another time. The storied River Thames, especially, has inspired poetry, historic...

6 Reasons to Visit Germany’s Mosel Valley

First cultivated by the Romans, the Mosel Valley, with its tranquil namesake river, has long been considered one of the most romantic settings in Europe. At more than 500 kilometres and one of the Rhine’s longest tributaries, the Mosel River flows through France, Luxembourg and...

Feathering My Oars in a Most Scientific Manner: Women, Rowing and Lago Maggiore

Those words, “feathering my oars in a most scientific manner”, were written by Abigail May Alcott Nieriker in 1873, although attributed to her sister Louisa May Alcott of Little Women fame. In those days, women’s rowing did not exist. Or barely. In fact the full quote about...

Rowers We Know But Not Why You Think

While you may or may not have reached your pinnacle of fame yet, the renowned people noted here have. They were all once avid oarsmen too. You may be surprised. For example, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the US, rowed at Harvard, and Neil Armstrong (pictured above)...

5 Women Rowers You Don’t Know You Want to Know

Generations of rowers came before us, blazing trail, finessing training, improving boats, and taking the sport to the next level. For women, that trail was often more difficult to blaze than it was for men. The following have either smoothed the waters for women rowing today or...

Rowing in St. Petersburg is Neva Boring

Zdravstvuyte. You will impress when in St. Petersburg by learning this one word only. This link takes you to an entire article on how to say hello in Russian. Thank you is spasibo. Or, you could just greet everyone with the far easier gresti?, which means row, and meet some new...
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Hemingway, Rowing and Lago Maggiore

There is a wonderful connection between these three things. Literary buffs could tell you exactly what it is. For us, it was a perfect topic to discuss as we rowed along one of the most lovely lake shores in Europe this past May. Ernest Hemingway stayed in Stresa, which is on the...

A Row to Celebrate History

In a relatively brief visit to any country, you cannot gain a great depth of insight into its history and culture.  But every once in a while, history just envelopes you and you get immersed in something very cultural and very special. This is what happened to me when I rowed in...