Tag Archives: isle of wight

THE SEASON FOR GIVING by Peter Nolan Smith

Early on the morning of December 24, 1985 Vonelli, Lizzie and I entered the Gard Du Nord. We walked down the platform to our train. Our breath hung in the frosty winter air. Lizzie exhaled a thick cloud of smoke. The singer loved her Gaulloises. “So tell me again why we are going le Ile […]

In Vino Veritas or Oblivio

From 1847 to her death in 1901 Queen Victoria had ruled the British Empire from Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight. Prince Albert, her consort, had designed the royal residence with the aid of Thomas Cubitt, the London architect. Once finished the Italian Renaissance palazzo on the Solent Osbourne House served as a refuge […]

THE SEASON FOR GIVING by Peter Nolan Smith

Early on the morning of December 24, 1985 Vonelli, Lizzie and I boarded a train at Gard Du Nord. I could see my breath in the cold. Lizzie exhaled a thick cloud of smoke. She liked her Gaulloises. Lord Ventnor had invited us to spend the Christmas Holiday on the Isle of Wight. The train […]

CROSSING THE CHANNEL by Peter Nolan Smith

I had moved away from Boston in 1971, but every Christmas of my adult life had been spent with my family on the South Shore. This streak of thirty-three years was broken in 1985, when n art dealer invited a female French singer and me to his cottage on the Isle of Wight for the […]

Across The Solent

Empires are ruled by emperors and empresses. Queen Victoria sat on the English throne from 1837 to 1901. The pressure of her reign required regal rest and her summer residence was the Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight. The Italian Renaissance palazzo reminded her beloved Prince Consort of Naples. I have stood on the […]