Category Travel

The rest of Paris (at least for now)

One of my mottos in traveling is that it’s okay not to see everything all at once.  It frees me from the tyranny of the guidebook and allows me to see and do what seems right at the time.  And if I don’t see “everything there is to see”, well, then that means I’ll have […]

Vaux le Vicomte

The weather in Paris this weekend could not have been better.  Warm, sunny, glorious.  Perfect for visiting one of the more notable French chateaux:  Vaux le Vicomte. If you’re a garden/architecture/art nerd like myself, then you’ll know that Vaux le Vicomte was built in the mid-1600s by a guy named Fouquet who was the finance […]

I’m in Paris!

There are definitely worse things in the world than having to come to Paris to meet with business clients and train a new lawyer… and then eat dinner in a glamorous restaurant in the banks of the Seine (complete with a lemon tarte — that’s for you, Dibber!)

Hey Lady, look what I found!

A couple of days ago, Lady sent me a link on Facebook that purported to list the 10 most popular china patterns and how to recognize them.  Knowing full well that she was fanning the flame of my nascent blue-dish collection, she will surely be happy to know that as I was perusing the pile […]

I may need to fine tune…

Note to self: When your flight details look like this . . . . . . it’s the time ON THE LEFT that matters when planning when to arrive at the airport. The left. All you gain by focusing on the time on the right is a lesson in how high prices can be for […]

Castles and churches and ice cream in Kilkenny

After a slow Sunday morning in Dublin, I caught a train to Kilkenny, a beautiful little medieval village to the southwest of the capitol.  The journey took me (as I presume all journeys in Ireland do) through brilliant green countryside drenched in sunshine, dotted with sheep, and crisscrossed with hedgerows and low stone walls. I […]

Walking at Bray’s Head

One of my colleagues had recommended visiting Bray, a village on the coast a few miles south of Dublin, and walking up to the cliffs at nearby Bray’s Head.  Thanks to the beautifully long days here in Ireland, I was able to make it there in time to watch the sun set.  It was gorgeous. […]