7. The Cook Straits

We took the Inter Islander from Picton to Wellington and followed parts of Captain Cook’s voyage as he navigated around the two islands. What is the story? Captain Cook sailed from Tahiti to unknown waters on the HMB Endeavour (a barque). It was not a big ship, only 27 meters long. It was actually too […]

Joseph Ferdinand Cheval

Michèle tells the story of a postman’s extraordinary legacy. This is the true story of a simple man who dedicated his life to building a palace. Joseph Ferdinand Cheval was born in 1836 in Charmes-sur-l’Herbasse, a small village in the department Drôme between Lyon and Valence. He grew up in a relatively poor peasant family. […]

Stories and Impressions

Michèle read a book about a courageous woman. This week, I read a recent book from Laetitia Colombani, entitled « Les Victorieuses ». It speaks about a woman who is a lawyer and who, after a burnout, will become a volunteer in a reception centre for women in difficulties and find again meaning in her life there. […]

The Unknown Soldier

The Grave of the Unknown Soldier is 100 years old this year. How did this idea originate? And why? Written by Frank Peters. This year marks the centenary of the laying of the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, in Westminster Abbey in London. Visitors, who stop, pause, and remember can read the following inscription: BENEATH […]

Guidebook for Hobos

A HIDDEN GUIDEBOOK WHICH PROVIDES A ROUTE TO STAY FREE. “Train Doc” is a 72-year-old American, a Veteran of the Vietnam War and a highly respected member of the community who knows or has heard of him and his guidebook. Train Doc had a very strict upbringing which led him to join the Army. To […]