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At Presidio Modelo, the prison on Isla de la Juventud, Cuba, where the Castro brothers briefly were incarcerated.
At Presidio Modelo, the prison on Isla de la Juventud, Cuba, where the Castro brothers were briefly incarcerated.

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!)





  1. Hi there, just wanted to say thanks for adding A French Frye in Paris to your blogroll! So do you basically bounce back and forth between Paris and the states?

    December 8, 2010
    • Sophie #

      Not so much recently but I did bounce around a bit before I got my student visa. They make it so difficult to stay here! I like your blog it’s very refreshing, reminds me not to be too jaded about the french language!

      December 8, 2010
  2. Sophie,

    Bon blog. One of the better blogs on Paris that I’ve seen.



    March 15, 2011
    • Sophie #

      Merci Edouard! C’est très gentil. Il faut que j’écrive plus fréquemment mais il y a trop de distractions dans cette ville!

      March 15, 2011
  3. Patrick M Ashley #


    Hope you are having a great time. Say hello to Bruce & Quel.

    October 19, 2011
  4. Hello!

    Nice travel writing stories:) Keep it up.
    I’m a travel journalist based in Singapore. Check out my blog


    November 22, 2011
  5. xcitingstuart #

    Good pictures xD

    November 22, 2011
  6. You’ve a nice blog with really interesting stories! I also have a blog, if you want to check my stories:

    December 26, 2011
  7. Congratulations! I’ve named your blog and you the Versatile Blogger Award. Come to to see who else got it, and what you’re supposed to do. Of course, if you’ve done this before, or if you don’t feel like meeting all the requirements, please do as you wish, and no worries. Yay, You!

    March 16, 2012
  8. Bonjour! Great blog, really liked your Freshly Pressed story on the Azores, and the concept of the blog as a whole. I lived in Normandy last summer for a co-op work term, so I’m looking forward to reading your take on Paris. Félicitations et bons voyages!

    July 4, 2012
    • Sophie #

      Super! Merci bien!

      July 4, 2012
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