Adventure · Culture · Europe · France · Health · Politics · Travel Philosophy · Travel Tips & Skills

Is There a Doctor in l’Hôtel?

You know that tickle-throat, on-the-verge-of-a-festering-cold feeling?  The one that tells you “If you ignore me, it can only go horribly wrong from here”?  Yeah, it sucks.  But you know what’s worse?  Ignoring it while you’re traveling abroad. Such was my lot seven weeks into a nine-week stint on the road, earlier this year.  I had… Continue reading Is There a Doctor in l’Hôtel?

Adventure · Architecture · Culture · Europe · France · History · The Great Outdoors · Travel Tips & Skills

From Travel Idiot to Travelphile: One Woman’s “Travelution”

With the start of a new year, many people take stock of their life in the last twelve months: choices made, goals achieved, promises broken, dreams unfulfilled.  In optimistic form, resolutions are made in the hopes of making this year even better than the last.  In a similar vein, I’ve been thinking about my travel… Continue reading From Travel Idiot to Travelphile: One Woman’s “Travelution”

Americas · Culture · Europe · Food · France · History · Travel Tips & Skills

Food Porn

Food Porn There’s something so evocative to me about pictures of food and the power they have to vividly remind me of mouth-watering meals and moments that I’ve had on my travels.  I can look at my culinary photos and remember exactly where I was, the scent of the dish just placed in front of… Continue reading Food Porn

Culture · Europe · Food · France · The Great Outdoors · Travel Tips & Skills

With A Little Help From My Friends

One of the best ways to enhance your travels is to season it with friends.  Either you can enjoy your present company, meet up with friends who are serendipitously passing through the town you’re in, or make new ones.  I’ve been fortunate enough this summer to do all three. So this blog is a photo… Continue reading With A Little Help From My Friends

Adventure · Architecture · Culture · Europe · Food · France · History · The Great Outdoors · Travel Tips & Skills

I’ve Been Pickpocketed!

I know there’s no need to over-react.  I wasn’t attacked, I’m not injured, and everything that needed to get taken care of got taken care of.  In fact, the instant that I realized my wallet was no longer in my bag, there was nothing for me to do but smile.  Smile at my own carelessness… Continue reading I’ve Been Pickpocketed!

Adventure · Architecture · Culture · Europe · France · History · The Great Outdoors · Travel Tips & Skills

A Place That’s All Your Own

One of the most annoying things about travel/tourism is that if you’re going to someplace that’s popular, everyone else is too.  That means crowds, lines that seem to have no end, pushing and shoving, and odors that you didn’t think were humanly possible.  With all of that mass of humanity, patience and a good sense… Continue reading A Place That’s All Your Own

Adventure · Culture · Europe · Food · France · History · The Great Outdoors · Travel Tips & Skills

Natural Beauty: Worth the Bite

I detest insects.  I can’t help it.  I like spiders, snakes, dogs, cats, cows, chickens, monkeys, and sheep, but not insects.  They tend to bite me…a lot.  So, I generally do my best to avoid them.  My windows are kept closed if there’s no screen, and I wear Off! or a citronella wristband (so fashionable)… Continue reading Natural Beauty: Worth the Bite