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Phasing Out Airline Seat-Back Screens? A Disaster

February 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Travel

Perhaps the only significant contribution, over the past decade, to making long flights in coach class endurable has been the seat-back screen and the in-flight entertainment package. I know of no long-haul flight which does not have those little square screens right in front of the faces of passengers … and they go far in […]

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The Embarrassment That Is the LAX Bradley Terminal

January 16th, 2017 · 3 Comments · tourism, Travel

Summer smog? That’s nothing. Risk of the Big One earthquake? No matter. Thousands of arriving foreign tourists exposed to the chaos of the Tom Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport? That’s a daily killer to La-La Land’s reputation. Take, for example, a Monday afternoon in mid-January.

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The Paris Sports Bar

October 17th, 2016 · No Comments · English Premier League, Football, soccer, tourism, Travel

Paris has just about everything … but when it comes to the, OK, less-than-highbrow concept of the sports bar … well, they don’t do it often and often don’t to it well. All these years later, we finally seem to have found a competent sports bar that is a sports bar in a way that […]

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Paris: Where You Can Leave Your Heart … and Your Wallet

October 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Barcelona, Paris, tourism, Travel

I had been in Paris barely 10 minutes today when I had my pocket picked. Arrived from the south of the country on the fast train into Gare de Lyon, made my way downstairs to the Metro’s 1 line, got into a jammed car just as the doors were about to close … and then […]

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The Grape-Harvest Driving Hazard

September 28th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Travel

We saw an odd road sign the other day at one of the entrances entering a nearby town. “! Chausee Glissant Vendange”. An exclamation point on any sign in France means “attention”! or “watch out”! And the three-word message below the exclamation?

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‘The Night Watch’ Painted on Canvas … and Cast in Bronze

August 31st, 2016 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

Amsterdam may have as many interesting sights per square mile as any city on earth. From 50-some museums, to the canals, the architecture, the flower market, the zoo … something interesting is just a few minutes walk away. The most famous of the museums is the Rijksmuseum, which houses Rembrandt‘s The Night Watch, among hundreds […]

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The 90-Minute Flight to the Netherlands

August 30th, 2016 · No Comments · tourism, Travel

One of the upsides to being based in Europe … is how close so much of Europe is to the casual traveler. In the United States, a 90-minute flight from Los Angeles would not be sufficient to get to Portland, Oregon. In Europe, a 90-minute flight from the south of France, a few miles from […]

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Checking Progress at the Sagrada Familia

August 27th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Spain, tourism, Travel

Far as I am concerned, first thing you do when visiting Barcelona is go to the northeast corner of the city and see how things are coming with the construction of the basilica known as the Sagrada Familia. Yes, even before making the pilgrimage over to the city’s great earthly structure, the football club’s Camp […]

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By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea …

August 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · France, tourism, Travel

So, it’s warm in the Languedoc … let’s give the Mediterranean a try. It’s what all tourists from the northern regions of France do, in July and August, when they decamp to the southern half of the country. We can consider that a hearty recommendation, no? Well, we could. But that would not keep the […]

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The Marvelous European Skies

July 29th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Travel

I’m not sure a little camera will do justice to how interesting this particular sunset was, here in France. We sometimes talk about the “European sky” and it is different from what you see elsewhere in the world. It just is. Fantastical and malleable, likely to filter the light in odd and wonderful ways, ready […]

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