Tag: Travel

The Joy of the Second Line

The Joy of the Second Line

A video that conjures the feeling of the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Missing Jazz Fest; But at Least We’ve Got Muffuletta Pasta Salad

Missing Jazz Fest; But at Least We’ve Got Muffuletta Pasta Salad

A Jazz-Fest inspired recipe: to soothe our lonesome-for-NOLA feelings, I made a Muffuletta Pasta Salad.

WWOZ’s “Festing in Place”, an Alternative Way to Celebrate the NOLA Jazz Fest

WWOZ’s “Festing in Place”, an Alternative Way to Celebrate the NOLA Jazz Fest

Jazz Fest was supposed to start today, but it was a casualty of COVID-19. There are still things to celebrate, though. Music, in general. Jazz Fest music, in particular. WWOZ is hosting “Festing in Place: An On-Air Festival” on the radio and live-streaming. Yay!

Sit with Me and Watch the Birds in London’s St. James Park

Sit with Me and Watch the Birds in London’s St. James Park

We are all armchair travelers right now during the trials of COVID-19, and today I’m thinking of an afternoon stroll, a long conversation and the birds in St. James Park.

April 1, 2017: A Different Place, A Different World

April 1, 2017: A Different Place, A Different World

I had a really good day on April 1, 2017. It’s hard to believe it was just 3 years ago. It seems like a really different world today as the whole human race grapples with the coronavirus.

New Orleans Jazz Fest Anticipation: Watching Susan Spicer Make a Fried Oyster Salad

New Orleans Jazz Fest Anticipation: Watching Susan Spicer Make a Fried Oyster Salad

Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona did a captivating cooking demonstration at Jazz Fest in 2019.

Another Restaurant Find in London: Com Viet, the Best Vietnamese Food I’ve Had in the UK, or Maybe Anywhere

Another Restaurant Find in London: Com Viet, the Best Vietnamese Food I’ve Had in the UK, or Maybe Anywhere

Folks, this restaurant is a jewel. If you go to London, go to Com Viet. Just trust me. You’ll get your happy back.

A Respite in Covent Garden’s Floral Court

A Respite in Covent Garden’s Floral Court

Just around the corner from crowded Covent Garden in London, I found an unexpected peaceful haven, a magical courtyard. I had entered another dimension, Harry Potter-style.

Pizza for Apres-Ski? Yes!

Pizza for Apres-Ski? Yes!

A return to the slopes provided a fierce hunger and Amica’s Pizza in Salida beckoned to us from the street. What a great choice!

Big Sky for NaHaiWriMo

Big Sky for NaHaiWriMo

The sky over South Park Valley demands a haiku today, the first day of NaHaiWriMo 2020.

I Crashed a Bachelorette Party / We’ll Always Be a Part of Each Other’s Stories

I Crashed a Bachelorette Party / We’ll Always Be a Part of Each Other’s Stories

These Wisconsin women exuded that effortless effervescence of youth when I met them by chance at the Electric Owl in Los Angeles.

The completely correct guide to eating and drinking on a plane

The completely correct guide to eating and drinking on a plane

I’m sharing this article from the Washington Post as a public service to all travelers.

Peacefulness and Pigeons in the Courtyard at the Museum of Edinburgh

Peacefulness and Pigeons in the Courtyard at the Museum of Edinburgh

On a solo visit to the wonderful Museum of Edinburgh, I spent some time in the courtyard and caught these pigeons courting.

January Dreaming: the Simple Elegance of a Summer Starter in Paris

January Dreaming: the Simple Elegance of a Summer Starter in Paris

For a moment, I was transported to 1950s Paris, walking along the River Seine, an accordian playing La Vie en Rose, the musician wearing a beret…ah, summer in Paris.

January Dreaming: An Afternoon of Wine Flights and Friends at Thornton Winery

January Dreaming: An Afternoon of Wine Flights and Friends at Thornton Winery

Thornton Winery bills itself as Temecula’s Original Champagne House, so of course we had to go there. We had a marvelous time enjoying the wines and our wide-ranging conversations.

Bay St. Louis Shorebirds and Mindfulness

Bay St. Louis Shorebirds and Mindfulness

Seagulls and brown pelicans in Bay St. Louis give me a lesson in mindfulness reminiscent of Thoreau’s experience at Walden


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