Cherry Blossom Dawn

Before 8am, three days ago, I got a call from my friend Ann. “I’m down at the Tidal Basin, and the cherry trees are fabulous. You should be here.” Ann remembers almost every year to make a pilgrimage to see the blossoms. This year, she was willing to do it again so I...

Our Guide in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

My friend Merianne and I are highly opinionated about tour guides. Although we knew we’d need guides on our trip to the Northern Circuit of Ethiopia, we were also wary. We hate being lectured to, especially when guides rattle off dates and events that sound like a...

A Few of My Favorite Books about Paris

Ever since Donna Morris and I started planning a group trip to Paris for this summer, I’ve been devouring books about Paris. Here are some of my favorites: Nonfiction: The Hare with the Amber Eyes: a Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal. A history of a wealthy Jewish...

Searching for Lafayette’s Grave in Paris

The day started simply enough, with lunch at La Tartine on the rue de Rivoli in the 4th arrondissement. Donna Morris of Best Friend in Paris told Robin and me that they had spectacular salads; we feasted appropriately. My salade bergere featured smoked duck breast, a...