“I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself,” wrote American poet James Baldwin.
As one of the great cradles of civilization, the continent has long cast its charm on visitors. Cheap air travel might have opened up more far-flung places, but Europe’s architecture, history, food and natural beauty remain among the most compelling in the world.
One of the world’s great annual migrations is underway as Europeans begin their annual August break. Across the continent, millions are getting ready for their holiday or already in transit, flooding into beach towns, alpine aeries or scenic spots in search of their own version of la dolce vita – the sweet life.
Our mothers often told us to finish our meal, reminding us that there are people less fortunate who don’t have enough to eat. Europe is trying to take that admonishment to an institutional level by establishing a system that can bring surplus food to those who need it.
About a third of all food produced globally is wasted, according to the United Nations FAO.
It is almost 10 years since Luciano Pavarotti’s passing on September 6, 2007, though his legacy will live on forever.
“I would like to be remembered as man who brought opera to the masses,” the legendary tenor said in an interview. The most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso will be remembered for that, but also for his robust and passionate life.
In 1933, Primo Carnera won the world heavyweight boxing title with a surprise knockout of Jack Sharkey.
The Italian giant became the heavyweight sensation of the early 1930s. His fame continued both in wresting and in the movies for decades.
The legendary boxer’s daughter is now honoring her father’s life and legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death.