Welcome to Kotor, Montenegro!

I am hesitant to write this post. I've been here in Montenegro less than 24 hours, but already it has exceeded all expectations. that hesitation comes from a selfish and scarcity mindset. I'd like to keep this gorgeous part of the world my own little secret. If everyone comes, it won't be the same. But …

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Breathtaking Slovenia

I just flew from Paris to the tiny but efficient Ljubljana airport. Flying over, I was reminded of just how naturally beautiful this country is... the majestic Slovenian Alps, forests, rivers, rolling agricultural countryside dotted by small towns and villages. I was here last year and spent a week based at an Airbnb in Ljubljana …

What You Can and Cannot Look at While Riding the Paris Metro

There are very strict social rules when you ride the metro in Paris. It is your responsibility to know and follow them. The rules are not posted anywhere. I'm not sure where they came from. Maybe just decades of social peer pressure. LOL! After riding the metro in Paris to and from work every day …

La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

She is breathtaking. Every spring evening around 22:00 as a brilliant gold and orange sun is setting on this beautiful city, lights illuminate the exterior of the Notre-Dame cathedral. This Gothic masterpiece, which has been an icon of the City of Lights for centuries, is a sight to behold during the day, but truly stuns …

Delice de l’Inde – Eating Indian Food in Paris

I was running late for lunch, so I made a rash decision. I might as well try something new. Similar to Andalusia in southern Spain, the kitchens in many restaurants, cafes and bars begin slowly closing around 14:00 not to open until maybe 19:00 for the first dinner service. Perusing the options available near the …

Chinese Lunch in Paris

On an extended stay in Paris... ...There comes a time when you are ready to try something other than French cuisine. That time is now. For lunch... Chinese food. Ok, maybe technically Pekingese and Thai, but what do I know. This restaurant is called La Benediction and it is near my office in Saint Cloud …

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” — Veronica A. Shoffstall

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“Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.” — Matthew Keith Groves

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Restaurant Le Procope, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris

A bit of history tonight for dinner. This restaurant was established in 1686 here in the Saint Germain des Pres district in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. 1686. Let that sink in. A three-course meal of entree, plat, and dessert with a glass of Bordeaux red for about 45 euros... not at all bad for …

Le Garde-Manger: Parisien Lunch

Had lunch today with my colleague's in the Paris office. A wonderful French restaurant with really great authentic French cuisine. The restaurant is called Le Garde-Manger and is in the city of Saint-Cloud on the western edge of central Paris. The wine list was extensive. We received excellent service from a mademoiselle whose small muscular …