About the Blog:
Mirabile Dictu Visu et Factu is inspired by Virgil’s Aeneid. At the beginning of book 7, Virgil paints a vivid word picture of the relationship of a swarm of bees to a laurel tree, followed by the cheeky exclamation mirabile dictu or “marvelous to say.” The thing is, “marvelous to say” doesn’t quite cover all the wonderful curiosities that the world holds. Hence, “Marvelous to Say, See, and Do,” because isn’t it marvelous to learn the oddities of a foreign language, people watch at the world’s biggest American car show, gallop through canola fields in Spain? Indeed, truly marvelous!
Though Mirabile Travel developed in Paris, its subjects now encompass the world. Special interests include islands, languages, exotic junk food and all manner of natural life.
About the Author:
I have written about volcanic islands for National Geographic Traveler, a rat infestation for Atlas Obscura, parrot-filled sinkholes and sacred-harp singing for National Geographic Books, the indomitable Dolley Madison for The National, North America’s Frenchiest archipelago for France Today, and Virginia hard cider for Albemarle magazine. Additionally I have ghost-written many a spirited missive on behalf of my Mississippi-mutt, Zeus. My writing has also appeared in numerous moleskin journals, one of which was left in the pocket of an airplane seat and mailed home to me by a thoughtful flight attendant, another was left in a hostel in Dublin only to reappear in my mailbox several months later with an editorial note about how I should really clean up my lovelife. (For the record, I have!)