Sailing to France in style

SOME JOURNEYS STICK IN our memories for a lifetime, particularly when they are of the kind you can never take again. Forty years ago this week I embarked on a transoceanic journey aboard one of the world’s last great ocean liners, an elegant mode of travel that has long since gone the way of the dodo bird.     

My father has since retired from the university, but there was a time when his job as a French professor frequently took him across the pond for teaching and research. In 1970 he landed a yearlong exchange position at the University of Poitiers in east-central France and decided to take the family with him…



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