Monthly Archives: September 2015

OMG – The Food!

I had lunch today at the Taverna San Trovaso, near the southern end of the Accademia Bridge. I try to have at least one meal here every time I visit Venice because it’s so reliably good.  What you’re looking at … Continue reading

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The Doge’s Palace and More

I’ve passed the Doge’s Palace many times in my Venice visits and finally went in for this first time today. This was where the elected head of the Venetian Republic (the Doge) lived and where the governing councils met. A … Continue reading

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The “Selfie Stick” Epidemic

The selfie stick, that extensible cell phone holder/wand that provides a little longer picture-taking perspective, is so common in the U.S. that it’s almost been declared passe. It’s alive and well here in the European tourist areas, though. OK, on … Continue reading

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Beautiful Fall Weather

This is just a remarkably nice Sunday in Paris, with cool temps and bright sunshine. This is a day for being out in the city and everyone is making the most of it.     In additi0n to enjoying the … Continue reading

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Marti’s Tower

Yes, we mostly know this tower by a different name but my Parisian friend Phil insists it’s his wife Marti’s tower and who am I to disagree? Lines to get into the tower have lately become absurdly long, so this … Continue reading

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Paris without Cars

Today is “Paris sans Voiture” day – Paris without cars – in which for a Sunday afternoon only bicycles and pedestrians may use the streets in many areas of the city.    It’s also an extremely fine Fall day and … Continue reading

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Best Laid Plans

Well, today I had thought to go visit Saint-Chapelle, and then Pere Lachaise, the Parisian cemetery where Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and other famous folks are buried, followed by lunch a Le Fine Mousse. However, I got a late start, … Continue reading

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Favorite Museums and Lunch under the Dome

Yesterday I made my usual Orsay and Louvre museums run and, collections aside, they’re such different places.      Sadly, my favorite Degas pastels are no longer on display. These are the marvelous drawings of ballet dancers backstage and such. The … Continue reading

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Random Flight Thoughts

Here are some random thoughts encountered during my recent airport terminal visits and flights: Luggage Overload – Mindful of the fact that I’ll be lugging my suitcase up and down stairs in places and over cobblestones and of the current … Continue reading

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Sleepers vs Diners

When flying in Upper Class on a Virgin international red-eye, there are several schools of thought. There are the Sleepers, who immediately request a “sleep suit”, pull on a blindfold, and go (or at least try) to sleep. Then there … Continue reading

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