Category Archives: travel

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Paul Hughes was a passenger on the first of my two trips to Antarctica last fall.  He took a gazillion photos, and sent me two batches, the first of which I’ll put up today. Paul’s notes and IDs are indented. (This counts as documentation of my trip, too, since we were on the same […]

Airport etiquette, and an example of how not to behave

Even HuffPost can occasionally publish something useful. After all, they put up gazillions of pieces, most of them garbage, but occasionally, due to the law of large numbers, one of them might be useful. This is one example, though I already knew that the ten behaviors they singled out here were rude. Rather, I thought […]

My last three photos of Paris

Two of them are cat-related. Touristy placemats for sale: Lions hold up a balcony: And, aww. . . Pschitt. But this Pschitt is magic!

Last day in Paris: Rain and no restaurants

Sadly, my dining pal (like Matthew) came down with the lurgies this morning, and so we had to cancel lunch at d’Chez Eux (I believe a reader suggested that restaurant, and I was keen go to as I’d heard of it as a good bistro and also knew it had a well-respected rice pudding). I […]

Paris, day 7: Perfume and and a mediocre meal

It’s been raining cats and dogs all day, and so there are many poodles to avoid. This mandated another indoor thing to do, which involved getting a late start and then wandering the Place Madeleine to find the Place Édouard-VII, a small square in the Ninth Arrondissement built in 1913 and named for King Edward […]

Here’s what you need to know when eating out in Paris

Yes, it’s a clickbaity HuffPost style title, but what the hell: it’s 6 a.m. and I have an hour until breakfast. So, if you’re coming to Paris and are a novice at dining out in France, I proffer some tips that my dining pal and I put together as a guide. This is not a […]

Paris, day 6: Flea-ing and a fantastic secret restaurant

It’s predicted to rain in Paris every day until the day I fly home (Tuesday), so more indoor-ish activities were mandated for this morning. Today was a day to scour the flea market: Paris’s most famous flea, located in the 20th and open only on weekends: the Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Clignancourt […]

Paris, day 5: Food, museum exhibits, and LOTS of women’s shoes

Unfortunately, the weather in Paris portends lots of rain, probably until I fly back home on Tuesday. But it’s easy to find interesting things to do inside—and that doesn’t include eating. This morning we discovered that there were several exhibitions at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, including a new exhibition on the famous woman’s […]

Paris, day 4: More food and perambulations, plus “high” fashion

It was a rainy day in Paris, but that lends some atmosphere to the place as the boulevards become glistening black. Umbrellas in hand, we set off for a morning walk. As the rain was pretty steady, it was time to go indoors—to France’s spiffiest department store: the Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann in the […]

Paris, day 3: More food, cats, and scenery

Another day, another 3 hours of walking, followed by a big lunch followed by a food coma (I am again forgoing a nap to write this). The walk revealed lots of goodies, including food, cat-related items, and other interesting accoutrements of Paris. This morning mandated a visit to La Maison d’Isabelle, a bakery at the […]