Monthly Archives: September 2007

When the Tube Doesn’t Run

I was planning on dashing around London today using the subway but there were service problems that prevented that. It was amazing to go down to the tube station and see an announcement that service was "suspended" on the Circle Line, … Continue reading

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London & The Terra Cotta Army

Since my last installment here, I navigated the RER train to Charles de Gaulle airport, made the quick flight (45 minutes; the pilot never turns off the seat belt light) to London’s Heathrow airport, and delivered myself to the Paddington … Continue reading

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True Rest and Relaxation

Uncharacteristically, I slept in on Sunday and then set off in search of a restaurant recommended by Pudlo to serve a good American-style brunch (Gilles Pudlowski is a respected Parisian restaurant critic whose book was recently translated into English). Sadly, … Continue reading

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National Catastrophe Averted!

I was not awakened last night by the sound of enraged French rubgy fans trashing Paris after their team suffered a humiliating defeat. No, instead the French team soundly beat the Irish 25-3, redeeming their honor, staying in the World Cup … Continue reading

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Farewell Venice, Bonjour Paris

  After a good night’s sleep and a nice complimentary breakfast at Hotel Campiello, I took care of some errands Thursday morning. If you want to see the Venetians, the actual Italians who live in Venice, you will find them … Continue reading

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Venice Is Always Worth The Trip

  Let me start by backing up. My initial flight from the U.S. on the ever-reliable Virgin Atlantic airline was excellent and I remain a big fan of their "Revivals Lounge" at Heathrow and my luggage even arrived with me. … Continue reading

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Not All According to Plan

  Tonight’s installment comes from the Heathrow Hilton. Yes, I’m not in Venice as planned. I love the Travel Gods sense of irony: I was concerned about the forecast for my arrival in Venice, which was "Heavy Rain". Venice, with … Continue reading

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