The French Way

[Paris] – The chance to spend a few weeks in France this summer provided both the time and the detachment to reflect – on politics, the...

Onboard the Orient Express

Tenth in a series from Europe… And what more exotic destination than Istanbul or, better yet, Constantinople. From the 1880’s until the...

Onboard the Orient Express

Tenth in a series from Europe… And what more exotic destination than Istanbul or, better yet, Constantinople. From the 1880’s until the...

Ah, but the strawberries…

[Paris] – I have been thinking about – and eating – strawberries. I bought my strawberries last weekend from a fruit stall along the Rue...

Ah, but the strawberries…

[Paris] – I have been thinking about – and eating – strawberries. I bought my strawberries last weekend from a fruit stall along the Rue...

Nothing Easy About It

[Milan] – Over the weekend the newspapers in France were reporting on one of the worst national rail strikes in memory. The strike was...

Perfecto

Third in a series from Europe… [Siena] – I have found my perfect restaurant. I have been fortunate to visit Siena – I think perhaps...

Roman Holiday

In the trailer for the enduringly sweet 1953 William Wilder film Roman Holiday there is an aerial view of the vast expanse of St. Peter’s...

Roman Holiday

In the trailer for the enduringly sweet 1953 William Wilder film Roman Holiday there is an aerial view of the vast expanse of St. Peter’s...

McGovern

The news this week that former South Dakota U.S. Senator George McGovern is in the last days of his 90 years is a reminder once again...

Railing Against Rail

I’m going to admit my obvious bias right up front: I love trains. I love travel by train. I collect visits to train stations. I am...

Argentina

In his marvelous book, In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin speculates whether some folks are born with a gene that causes them to wander the...

On the Road – Still

The British mystery writer Dick Francis has died. I liked his crisp, descriptive writing and thank him for introducing me, along with...

On the Road

There’s an old story that if you’re headed for hell you’re going to have to change planes in Atlanta. True, except when its snowing. When...