Category Archives: europe

The Far West Of Ireland

My grandmother came from County Mayo. Her last name was Walsh. Nana sailed to Boston at the age of fourteen. That ocean voyage was so traumatic that she never returned to Ireland. My mother and her sisters often offered to fly Nana to Shannon. “I don’t want to see that sea again. Once is fine. […]

FALLEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN by Peter Nolan Smith

Two Novembers ago I visited the US military cemetery outside Luxembourg City with the British and the American ambassadors. The morning sun struggled to break through the low fog. It would have little success on that day. In December of 1944 over four thousand American fell in the Battle of the Bulge. Our troops had […]

Dawn Along The Petrusse

Last Sunday dawn rose fast on the City of Luxembourg. Only two days before I had arrived with the sun’s first light on the flight from London and jet lag prevented my sleeping till noon. It was 1AM back in New York. Madame Ambassador was in her bedroom. No other human was in the embassy. […]

A WALK IN FOG by Peter Nolan Smith

On a murky November evening I attended the opening of the “Dream’ exhibition at Luxembourg’s Mudam Museum. Madame l’Ambassador bailed early for a formal dinner. I was not invited for supper. “It’s a diplomatic thingee.” Madame l’Ambassador explained, as we walked through a thickening fog to the waiting Jaguar. “I understand.” A writer-in-residence has to […]

Luxembourg 1988

During the 80s Iceland Air had one of the cheapest flights from New York to Europe. Maybe $300 with a stop-over in Reyjarvik. I took them several times and here’s a photo of the Luxembourg Gorge from 1988. It hasn’t changed much, but the Iceland flights were dropped in 1999. Nothing stays the same. Other […]