Category Archives: travel

I have landed!

A stiff tailwind brought us into Honolulu an hour early (that’s a first!), but the absence of an open gate forced us to sit on the tarmac for 40 minutes. It was raining, too, but that didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for what promises to be a swell three weeks. United gave us no food on […]

A curmudgeon heads to the islands

Silly me to think that flying to Hawaii on December 28 would be easy:  I assumed everyone would have flown where they were going for Christmas, and wouldn’t return until New Years Day at the earliest. Not true! O’Hare is as crowded as I’ve ever seen it: although I had a boarding pass and a […]

The last lunches: Chartres and Paris

This November 11 was a rainy day to visit Chartres, which meant that the great stained-glass windows of the cathedral wouldn’t be shining in their full glory. Still, there are umbrellas, and so we visited the church and sat through a special Armistice-Day mass (well, most of it—until the priest started blathering on). The singing […]

Two more lunches in Paris

A quick post with two more lunches in Paris (one more to go today, at my old favorite Chez Denise, and I’ll report later on that and our lunch in Chartres). The unanimously voted Best Lunch of the Trip was at the venerable old bistro Josephine Chez Dumonet near the Tour de Montparnasse. The outside: […]

Two meals in Paris

Wednesday lunch was at a rare venue for me: a Moroccan restaurant. Le Sirocco, near the Gobelins Métro stop, was highly rated, but I haven’t been to a non-French restaurant in Paris since 1990. Feeling a jones for tagine and perhaps a break from heavy French food, this was the place to go. It turned […]

Paris: Random photos

I’ve had two big feeds that I haven’t reported on, but stay tuned. Here are some photos of things that got my attention in Paris: The church of Sacré-Coeur, sitting atop a hill in Paris, affords a great view of the city. It was finished in 1914: Among; the touristy streets at its base is […]

Paris lunch, day 2

While I arrived here Saturday afternoon, the full-scale lunching didn’t begin until I recovered on Monday. The plan, which I’ve worked out over the years, is to have walking/sightseeing activities in the morning, a big slap-up lunch at 12:30 or so, and then either a nap or light afternoon activities. There’s only coffee for breakfast […]

Vitrail in Paris

Vitrail is stained glass, and it’s amply on display in Paris, but nowhere more beautifully than in Sainte-Chapelle, a 13th century chapel reserved for French royalty. As Wikipedia notes, Construction begun some time after 1238 and consecrated on 26 April 1248,the Sainte-Chapelle is considered among the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture. It was commissioned by King Louis […]

Paris: Lunch

In Paris I always eat my first and last meals at the venerable old bistro Chez Denise, also known as the Tour de Montlhéry. I’ve been eating here since 1986, when it was open 24 hours a day (it’s now open only for lunch and dinner). Located in the center of the city, in Les […]

I have landed!

After a four-hour mechanical delay at O’Hare, I’ve arrived in Paris, finding that the RER train from the airport to Paris was not running (presumably on strike, as often happens). But I made it, and took a walk around central Paris, which, after over 40 hours without sleep, was all I could do. A few […]