Where to Stay in Paris: Grand Hotel du Loiret

Where to Stay in Paris: Grand Hotel du Loiret

As much as possible when I’m traveling, I like to stay in a central area that will allow me to walk to places of interest and easily access public transportation. The drawback of centrally located hotels is that they tend to be more expensive than 

7 countries in 18 days: A sample European itinerary

7 countries in 18 days: A sample European itinerary

What do you do if you’ve got 18 days in Europe and want to see a little bit of everything? See a little bit of everything! 7 countries, 9 cities in 18 days. (Well, it’s actually 5 countries, 1 city-state, and 1 principality, but the 

That Time I Almost Got Robbed in Paris

That Time I Almost Got Robbed in Paris

* While some would argue that a Paris vacation is itself a bit of a robbery anyway, I am often quick to defend the French. They are always getting a bad rap from tourists who say they are rude, snobbish, et cetera, yet I have 

To the old man behind the Notre Dame

To the old man behind the Notre Dame

You couldn’t have known, as I stood there under the light Paris drizzle, that my heart was drowning in a sea of grief. You were making your way out of the Square Jean XXIII; I was standing near the gate. My ears were pounding, my 

Europe for the Heartbroken: 7 Perfect Places for Healing from a Broken Heart (1/7)

Europe for the Heartbroken: 7 Perfect Places for Healing from a Broken Heart (1/7)

(This may or may not be based on personal experience.) * I don’t know how many people travel to deal with a heartbreak but I suspect…quite a lot. It’s the slighly more expensive version of cutting one’s hair into a drastically short bob or dyeing 

Bare

Bare

* * I had been here before, only 2 years and 3 months past, but it feels like a lifetime ago. The Seine then had been lined by stately trees adorned in the glorious colors of fall. Now the same trees are pale and bare,