America The Beautiful

“Welcome to Boston. City of the future. Cradle of American history. Hotbed of innovation, bastion of tradition (…) Boston has so many facets that discovering it can entertain visitors for days on end. It dazzles with renowned museums, great shopping, lush gardens and parks, and vibrant public spaces. (…) The easiest way to fall in love…

   Christmas came and went. This year, we returned to Palm Springs, CA. I just read the story I wrote for the blog almost two years ago, and stand by every word. Scenic, magical Palm Springs. The most beautiful palm trees this side of the Mississippi river. The light. The colors. The mountains. The desert. Non golfers…

So different, yet so alike http://parisvsnyc.blogspot.com Paris. New York. Two of the world’s most visited, most exciting cities.  Paris. New York. Everyone has an opinion about them, even if they have never been. Parisians. New Yorkers. Everyone has an opinion about them, even if they have never met them. This week, I saw a funny…

Special celebrations call for special drinks, like le Kir Royal… A friend commented there was no French twist to last week’s story about New York. My stories ALWAYS have a French twist, she said… Zut. (Rats.) We need to fix this quickly, I say. Cheer up, friend: Plenty of French twists in this story. Plenty of friends,…

  Central Park bench: The wisdom of New York city. A few days ago, I *almost* wrote a story, and it started like this: These vagabond shoes  They are longing to stray  Right through the very heart of it  New York, New York… (New York, New York lyrics)   I was still in New York…

Do you remember Matt Damon’s line at the end of Good Will Hunting? This week, I get to be in the movie. Like Will Hunting, I have to go see about a girl. The girl’s name is New York City. In the French language, all cities are girls,”la ville,” but even if they weren’t, I would…

Union Station, Portland OR This weekend, while Les Boys were off in the mountains snowmobiling with friends, I took a solo trip to Portland, OR. I could have driven down, as we have done in the past, but I thought it would be fun to get reacquainted with American-style train travel. After all, my last trip with…