I’ll Have a Suze, S’il Vous Plaît

This, my friends, is a bottle of Suze, a French aperitif I’ve been drinking for the last two weeks in Brittany and Paris. I’d never heard of Suze before it was suggested to our group of hikers at the hotel Manoir du Sphinx in Perros-Guirec on the Côte de Granit Rose...

Road Trip to Bentonville

It started with a phone call from Robin. “Hey, you want to drive over to Bentonville, Arkansas to see the new Crystal Bridges art museum?” Of course I did. We both adore road trips. Bentonville, home of Wal-Mart, was a nice long distance – about 20 hours – from...

Some Advice for Travelers to Ethiopia, Part II

As I noted in an earlier post, my friends and I loved our trip to Ethiopia. And although we’re all experienced travelers, we learned lots as we went. Here are some more things that might help you enjoy your time there – and do go! 1) Talk to people and ask questions....

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...

Life of a Cat, by Possum

“Possum, get out of the trash can. Leave that tape alone, Possum!” I love me a good piece of crackly sticky tape. It’s fun to eat, crunchy like a little bird (not that I’ve ever gotten my paws on a little bird, but a guy can dream). After I munch the tape, I settle...