The Best Way to See Berlin

Swans on the Spree–enjoying Berlin from the waterBerlin is a big city. There’s no way around that. Actually, there’s a perfectly wonderful way around it: the Spree. The river that curls peacefully through the city allows you the luxury of seeing the city from a swan’s point of view. Swans don’t waddle down busy streets, […]

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Not So Pretty in Patong

We have now been to Phuket and Patong beach–a tourist mecca for Who-the-Hell-knows-why–three times. To get to Patong from the airport on Phuket, you have to take a taxi for almost an hour with the final hurdle of a mountain that is the bane of many a bus driver. One of our bus drivers was […]

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Fête des Lumières — Lyon

The streets of Lyon swarm with people inching . . . elbowing forward, some working against the flow, some in groups drinking vin chaudapparently oblivious to the fact that they are causing people jams everywhere. As we near the Place des Terreaux, the streetlights become darker and darker until we are lurching with the crowd […]

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You’ll Never Walk Alone — at the Vatican

They all just want out.(If this post is cut off at the bottom by photos, try reloading the page. This usually works.) I do not like crowds. When I’m in one, I can think of six thousand reasons why I don’t like them, and each one of those six thousand reasons has a mind of […]

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The Madding Crowd

If I were Muslim, I’d definitely lie to Allah and tell Him I was too poor and frail to go on the hajj. It would be a tricky lie since I’ve been to Egypt, Isreal, the United Arab Emirates and have Starbucks mugs—which, in my defense, I bought in Dubai—from Bahrain, Kuwait and, oops, Saudi […]

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