The Palace of Versailles: Gilded Grandeur & Glorious Gardens

October 21, 2021France

When it comes to palaces, it’s fairly safe to say that the Palace of Versailles is the gold standard. Two thousand three hundred rooms. A hall of mirrors. Two thousand acres of fountain-filled gardens. A Venetian-inspired Grand Canal, perfect for boating. Even a maze. And all that gold. It seems that whatever Louis XIV could … Read More

A Night at the Museum: The Louvre After Hours

October 14, 2021France

It was mid-afternoon when we boarded the ms Sapphire riverboat at a pier on the western end of Paris, and within a couple of hours we found ourselves heading back to the city. Herb and I had signed on with Tauck Tours for seven-night cruise along the Seine River, with stops along the way to … Read More

Paris in the Fall: Soaking Up the Spectacular City of Light

October 6, 2021France

 “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” ~Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast The sun was reflecting off the Louvre’s glass pyramid, casting shadows along marbled monuments, dancing through … Read More

Notes from Home: On Listening to the Winds of Change

August 26, 2021Notes from Home

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt They call it the White Screen of Death. The name is a little more frightening than the actual experience, but when I opened my website to write a new blog post a few months ago, an empty white … Read More

Notes from Home: Travel Packing 101 – Part 2

June 21, 2021Notes from Home

My notes for a follow-up blog post on travel packing have been collecting virtual dust in an unfinished drafts folder for almost two years. What began as an idea for a companion piece to a post called Travel Packing 101 sat waiting to be finished after we returned from our Middle East travels in November … Read More