As a vacation is coming to a close, I start wanting to get home. I need a vacation from vacation to savor what I’ve experienced against the backdrop of the prosaic, and frankly, to rest. Ten to fourteen days tends to be about the right amount of time to be away, though the same coincidental… Continue reading Ending the Epic
That call to prayer at the Blue Mosque I’d found so fascinating the previous evening was less so at 4:45 am the following morning. My family slept through it, as I learned to after that. This morning’s call hailed from the mosque next door. There would appear to be a mosque on every other corner… Continue reading You CAN Go Back to Constantinople
The anticipation of visiting Istanbul was the only thing that made ending our vacation in Paris bearable. Istanbul is foremost a unique location, with the city split by the Bosphorus Strait that runs between Europe and Asia, the only city that straddles two continents. The Bosphorus connects the Mediterranean to the Black Sea/Russia so is an important route. Istanbul… Continue reading Au Revoir Paris, Merhaba Istanbul
Last day in Paris. We were museumed out. So much to see is a problem—you can’t appreciate the yang when there’s no yin. Yin in this case being space, a chance to slow down and reflect. But we didn’t let that stop us—who knew when we’d get another chance? Off to the Musee D’Orsay where we went for… Continue reading Getting Yin to the Yang
It was Monday July 4th and we had to scrap our original loose plan of visiting Monet’s gardens in Giverny. We couldn’t make the very early departure needed because we had to work with the apartment agency to get our washing machine door handle fixed. Some vacation choices are as mundane as that. Michael was keen to… Continue reading France’s Other Louis
Sunday was Versailles day: a grand tour of the palace and grounds just south of Paris, which Louis XIV used fully half of France’s GDP to make. There’s no place like home, at least not his home some 300 years ago. The excess doesn’t seem as outlandish today, when there are over 1,000 billionaires, some of… Continue reading A Waterful Day!
For our third full day in Paris, Saturday July 2nd, we visited the Montmartre area. Our feet told us to take the subway and we listened, even though we hated to miss out on the scenery en route. Having heard it was an artsy area, we were surprised to be greeted by a slew of… Continue reading Save Our Soles—Thankful for the Subway