Frank Capra was to movies what Norman Rockwell was to painting insightful, a master of the evocative detail, eternally optimistic. Capra’s characters in classic films such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Meet John Doe, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, are common people whose spirit and good will enable them to triumph over more powerful adversaries and claim the opportunities that America promises. His characters struggles mirror the immigrants journeys, the same journey that brought Capra to America at the age of six.
Capra was born near Palermo in 1897. His family emigrated in 1903 and settled in Los Angeles. After graduating from the California Institute of Technology, Capra started on the lower rungs of the filmmaking ladder, writing gags for Max Sennett of Keystone Kops fame and eventually directing quickie comedies. He emerged as a major director at the end of the silent era and went on to create such classic films as Platinum Blonde, It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Meet John Doe and It’s a Wonderful Life. Capra’s Why We Fight series of propaganda films during World War II was hailed for its truthfulness in explaining the causes of the war and exposing the evils of fascism, which during the 1930s had been quite appealing to many Americans demoralized by the Great Depression. Film historian Joan McGettigan of Texas Christian University says the movie industry was largely invented by immigrants and that their sojourns from Europe to America, from fear to hope, shaped many of the films they made. The immigrants projected an idealistic image of America where the possibilities of success and fulfillment were open to all. “Immigrants like Capra were fleeing situations where they had no future,” McGettigan says. “They had no hope of success. But in America, if they worked hard, they could achieve anything.” Read the rest of this entry »
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to brush up on your Italian language skills for a few hours and spend the rest of the day sunning at the beach? Or drive to the nearby Roman baths, ancient towers and breathtaking seascapes? Or walking among the ancient churches in the city dubbed “The Florence of the South”? I had the chance to do just that at the Apulia Domus school in Lecce.
Apulia Domus,the first school in Lecce to offer Italian courses to non-Italians, operates on a simple premise: give small classes, offer individualized attention with lively, well-trained instructors and a staff that bends over backward to accommodate you. And simple is good because the resulting product for the students is measurable improvment in speaking Italian no matter your level of skill. Read the rest of this entry »
The capital of the Czech Republic is situated in the Vltava valley and is a city rich in cultural heritage and a long history. Remember to get cheap flights to Prague for your trip. Prague is a city which blends the old with the new, and this is evident when walking down the cobble stone streets of the city centre. You can check the availability of cheap flights to Prague via our flight links. You will see the mixture of Gothic churches and old traditional town houses, which stand side by side with the more modern and sleek glass buildings. Read the rest of this entry »
London has so much to offer the tourist, it is difficult to know where to start. Remember to get cheap flights to London for your trip. London is an ancient city whose history is evident on every corner, from Buckingham Palace through St Paul’s Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament there is something for everyone in London. You can check the availability of cheap flights to London via our flight links. The tourist hotspots such as Picadilly Circus and Leicester Square provide ample entertainment and are packed with top quality restaurants and theatres and some of the best hotels in the country. We provide information from many budget London Flights. Read the rest of this entry »
At present Seattle, WA, is a very famous destination, as this city offers numerous events all throughout the year, for example International Film Festival, Seafair, etc. Travel by car will be among the preferred ways to travel to Seattle. Yet if you settle on car journey you ought to have contact details of auto repair Seattle services, in the event something unpredictable happens during your trip. Definitely, in Seattle you won’t have troubles in finding a high-quality car service.
One of the most frequent services on the road is windshield repair or replacement. Here you will find several useful recommendations on safety precautions for damaged windshield before you get to Seattle’s car service center. It ought to be pointed out that if there are only insignificant damages total replacement of the glass is not a necessity. Though don’t believe to those who say that windshield repairing can entirely eliminate the damages. Read the rest of this entry »
Watching the flat landscape of crops and green fields go by, dotted here and there with sheep and cows and edged in a horizon of tree-draped mountains, I was reminded of my own Willamette Valley back in western Oregon. Occasionally, I could imagine the train I was on to be just outside of Junction City or Harrisburg or Wilsonville. But then I would be shocked into reality as an old shirtless man cutting in his field by hand with a scythe or a string of horse-drawn carts laden with watermelon suddenly flashed by amidst the passing scenery. I immediately knew I was a long way from my Willamette Valley home, both in distance and, it seemed, in time. I was only an hour out of Bucharest, Romania, but in that short hour it appeared I had stepped back a century or three.
I had been working in Bucharest for nearly two months by this time, but, because of a certain amount of language-challenged trepidation, I kept delaying my explorations beyond a hard-earned comfort-circle I’d carved out for myself within a now semi-familiar Bucharest.
My work in Bucharest wasn’t exactly conducive to familiarizing myself with the Romanian language. I was a copy editor for an English business/tourism magazine there. I spent my days trying to polish the native Romanian writers’ attempts at Romanian-to-English translation. The literal translations I often received ranged from the humorous and easily corrected, “Music has the power to coagulate people,” to the extremely obscure and difficult, “An art museum looks like a warehouse. This can be understood if we attribute to the word the qualities of man’s DNA. These qualities could reach the apogee in this case.” Often, without the writer there to help me more clearly comprehend the ideas behind these esoteric passages, I was left on my own to make a good guess. Read the rest of this entry »
A horse-loving all the great outdoors, Horse Adventure offers an incredible immersion into the daily lives of Kazakh eagle hunters. Emotions guarantees during this journey leads to the equestrian tradition of Altai. Lovers of authentic encounters, but not only… Starting February 14!
At the heart of the Mongolian winter, you are welcomed in true friends from the team with which Kazakh Horse Adventure hike for over fifteen years. Their family camp is the starting point of your daily CAVALCADES on the ridges of Altai, against a backdrop of vast steppes of snowy valleys, rivers and frozen lakes. Every day breaks Homestay bring regenerative heat the stove and the consolation of a milk tea burning. Read the rest of this entry »
Lands of Adventure offers adventure to cut the breath of the year for passerlafin dansune natureidyllique and breathtaking!
A fantastic ride a sled dog, the heart of national parks in the valleys qu’emprunterent hordes of Genghis Khan. An invitation to explore this kind of more wild, or evolve harmoniously pastoralists, fauna and flora. Led Alaskan husky dogs and a musher accompanied by french passionate, you push through huge and stunning landscapes asleep, plunged into complete silence intensely blue sky which is the single echo.
Day 1: Arrive in Ulan Bator – TereljArrivee transfer to the international airport. Visit the city and the great monastery Ganden, the largest of the capital. After lunch, transfer by car to our base camp in Terelj. Installation in your yurt. Free time, stroll through the neighborhood… Wild nature, nomadic, before joining the warmth of the yurt.
Day 2: KentiiTransfert by car, up Uliin Bulan, at the junction of the rivers and Terelj Tuul; So started the adventure by sled. Several families of nomads living in this valley. The wildlife is never far away, and silence reinforces the cold atmosphere creates a very unreal. You reach for the night Bosgiin Guur or Enkhtaivan Mungoo and have established their winter camp. Night in a nomad camp.
Day 3: Bosgiin Guur – UsDepart Khar Khar Us You can reach for mid-afternoon after camp Khar Us (black water), or live four or five families, gathered to cope with the rigors of winter. This camp is the last of the valley, then only the wild haunts these beautiful places. You are greeted by Tsodoo and his family for the night.
Day 4: Khar Us – Khagiin River Junction – Khar USLE circuit this day takes you into some more mineral mountains, always closer to the black lake Khagiin. There are more mobile in this area, but it is not unusual to find riders who cut through the mountains to move from one valley to another. A stage of 40 km to reach the junction with the Tuul Khagiin, A place of incredible natural beauty. Back to winter camp Tsodoo for another night in the yurt. Read the rest of this entry »
For several years, the Backpacker’s Guide to successfully develop a collection dedicated to major European cities that attract visitors in search of original weekends. Brussels has just been added to the series.
Babel modern, cosmopolitan and European, a little over an hour from Paris by train, Brussels is not a priori a particularly exotic destination. Yet the city does not lack charm. Overview of ideas weekends at the best value for money…
If the city has retained a traditional character derived from his password Flemish, its famous Grand Place is the best evidence. Brussels architecture offers a mix of unexpected styles emerge or the Art Nouveau houses.
But Brussels does not boil down to the Grand Place, Manneken Pis, chocolates and moules-frites. In matters of cuisine, it has nothing to envy to the European capitals. BRANCHED fashionistas come to buy the creations of a young generation of talented young designers. And if its status as capital of the world comic strip is further proof, it now stands by a cultural offer of choice, offering regular exhibitions of international dimension or opening prestigious museums, such as a dedicated Rene Magritte.
Brussels is also a willingness to adapt to the requirements of sustainable tourism practices through innovative tourist: an eco-labeling of accommodations, from non-polluting public transport, a network of bike rental for free, sustainable management of heritage tourism and green spaces, and recently, the creation of Karikol the label Brussels slow food movement.
Culture in Brussels also means: the Belvue Museum, Maison du Roi, the Museum of Natural Sciences, museums Cinquentenaire of the Horta Museum, and just steps from Brussels, the museum Herge.
The Backpacker distills hundreds of places to go with friends, lovers or family bars branches to charming B&B via the cheap restaurants… Read the rest of this entry »
Customers now have two new web addresses to find related tourism offers a way of life and ecotourism in Poitou-Charentes: Poitou-charentes.com and -charentes.com.
Released in July and November 2010, these two sites, and teeming with ideas of stays: Weekends related to accommodation charming or eco-labeling, large bowls of air stays, eco-tips, activity ideas nature (tree climbing, hiking, cycling… ), gastronomy, heritage, festive outings… Read the rest of this entry »
Fancy a getaway cultural, shopping, romantic, or relaxing in the Lyon area? Cour des Loges is trying to respond to your needs…
Located in the heart of Old Lyon, Cour des Loges looks like a castle in the city whose decoration brings back the Italian Renaissance. Perfect blend of historic charm and contemporary comfort, the hotel promises you a business trip or leisure fully successful restaurants Grocery and Cafe-Les Loges, bar, vault? Nological Spa Pure Altitude, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, hanging gardens and parking, in order to answer all of your expectations, 3 Clefs d’Or concierges.
You want to renew your wardrobe this fall? Come to Lyon for a sunny day shopping. Of luxury, originality, design, vintage… Workshops-shops to large chains… Cour des Loges is associated with Domitilla, a Personal City Guide passionate art, fashion and gastronomy. Listening to your desires and your taste, it walks you through a course shopping, gourmet and cultural off the beaten track.
From 300 $ half day
Do you know the new address of Lyon fans chills? We open the doors of I-WAY, a unique place in the world. Immerse yourself in the heart of an experiment until the inaccessible board simulator Formula 1 motor racing you live in the real face of other drivers.
1 night with breakfast, 1 F1 Racing, free access to the wellness area (pool, sauna, steam room, fitness room).
And for Madame, possibility to replace the race by a 50-minute massage.
Every day (except during congress) – 229 $ per person (double room Classic).
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Wonderful invitation to travel, this exhibition will also offer everyone the opportunity to discover a welcoming and surprising kindness, where the diversity of its population reflects a rich cultural and human terms, and where the majesty of the landscape refers to the Origin of the World..
May 20, 2008 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees urged yesterday the international community to assist refugees who have crossed the Gulf of Aden. Guterres also praised the Yemeni government for the efforts it is making to help the people who undertake the dangerous crossing of the gulf that separates Somalia from Saudi.
Mr. Guterres said in a statement the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Believing that the Yemeni government has demonstrated its commitment to meeting the needs of people present in migratory movements, Guterres warned that it could continue to intensify its efforts to meet this challenge alone. Read the rest of this entry »
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