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One Woman's Opinion

Order Mary Buxton’s books
imageLife and love in the rural tidewater area of Virginia is a common thread that runs through nearly all of Mary Wakefield Buxton's books. The push and pull of old and new, North and South, man and woman, life and death, are discovered, illuminated and reflected upon in each of them. Such is the heart and soul of a writer.


The Grand Tour, part 5
“We are in Napoli now, signora.” It was the conductor on the train gently waking me. It was 1963 and I had fallen asleep on the train from Rome to Naples. I looked out the window. There was the Naples train station waiting for me on my last leg of a Grand Tour of Europe.


The Grand Tour, part 4
imageWasn’t Italy a religious nation, the home of the Pope and center for all Christianity? Surely a single woman traveling alone in Italy would have nothing to fear in Italy!


The Grand Tour, Part 3
Margaret Mitchell complained that when she traveled to Havana she was so harassed by the men that she could not leave her hotel. Author of “Gone with the Wind,” she discovered she could not travel alone as a male author could have done. In 1963, traveling alone in Europe, I was having similar problems.


The Grand Tour, part 2
imageMark Twain wrote of his “Grand Tour” to Europe in his book, “Innocents Abroad.” Every American who first travels to Europe could write the same tales. We are the same pea from the pod . . . honest, trusting and a bit naïve when it comes to life on The Continent.


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