Tuesday Two-Fer

I had intended to use the following as all or part of today’s post, but was “inspired” to write about a Solstice Drive, instead.

Yesterday, a much larger number of countries than usual generated blog views. Besides the US, of course, Disaffected Musings was read by people in nine other countries:


Australia (Yes, also a continent unto itself)




Czech Republic






In all, views from outside the US comprised just under 15% of total views yesterday. For 2020 so far, views from the outside the US represent about 11% of the total. For 2019 that proportion was about 8%. As always, I am grateful for these views “from abroad.” I am also happy to see the magical Grand Duchy of Luxembourg represented and, might I add, not for the first time. From Wikipedia a map showing Luxembourg and its European neighbors:




This is a picture I have shown here more than once, including in this very recent post. This is from the Grund section of the capital of Luxembourg, Luxembourg City. According to the CIA World Factbook (only available online now, it used to be available in a print edition), Luxembourg is one of only five countries in the world with a per capita GDP of more than $100,000. In the 2011 Mercer worldwide survey of 221 cities, Luxembourg City was ranked first for personal safety.


On this day in 2007 the Ferrari 60th anniversary global relay, that lasted almost five months and passed through more than 50 countries, ended at Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, Italy. Thousands of Ferrari owners and their cars participated in the relay, each carrying a baton with 60 badges representing important milestones in Ferrari history. From autoevolution a picture of a car that was introduced in 2007, the Ferrari 430 Scuderia:


See the source image


It’s about 530 miles from Luxembourg City to Maranello; that would be a great drive in one of these.








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