Samos — Almost Turkey

Our boat from the hills above the Old Town of SamosJust to prove that I have other qualities besides adorableness, I’m going to gloat a bit now about my sense of geography. Or maybe my sense of intuition. You decide. I’ve just come back from the AIDA breakfast buffet with my usual quark and fruit […]

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City Hopping — Warnemünde

It is said that the little spa towns along the shores of the Baltic Sea have their charms.Well, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again here: this place is a make-do sort of holiday destination with samey architecture–well maintained villas, small hotels and little huts that sell smoked fish–and an uneasy feeling of […]

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City Hopping — Porto, Portugal

We’ve been traveling every weekend for the last month–so many new places, so many hours on the road, so many I Must Be Off! posts to write! I won’t lie to you. I’m behind. For the last few weeks, I’ve been waist-deep in organizing–together with editors Michelle Elvy and Linda Simoni-Wastila–Flash Mob 2013 in celebration […]

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Travel Essay Contest — Entry 19

I Must Be Off! is having its first annual Travel Essay Contest. Each entry will appear at first without byline or bio. These will be added at the end of the contest. As you enjoy these travel essays from around the world, please feel free to comment; but if you offer criticism, remember to be […]

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Travel Essay Contest — Entry 5

I Must Be Off! is having its first annual Travel Essay Contest. Each entry will appear at first without byline or bio. These will be added at the end of the contest. As you enjoy these travel essays from around the world, please feel free to comment; but if you offer criticism, remember to be […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 4

I don’t usually eat breakfast. I think this habit started 30 years ago when, unaware that I had Celiac Disease, I ate bread for breakfast and then suffered nausea and bloating all day. I’m perfectly happy to have my coffee and then have lunch at around 1:00p.m. I’ve made an exception for the AIDA Sol. […]

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Home for the Drought

My US trip is coming to a close. It’s been hot. No, I mean really hot. This year it was so hot and dry on July 4th that the counties surrounding Nashville banned the private use of fireworks. The result of this intense heat is that my body–in effect me–has had to yo-yo between baking […]

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The Post in which Christopher sort of Apologizes to the Nation of Italy for Thinking it Served Only Bad Food to Tourists

(Important! If this post is cut off by photos at the end, try reloading the page. This usually solves the problem.) Tale of La Mimosas Yes, I can eat my own words. I’m going to tell you two tales, both happening in the same city. Rome. Before I left Munich, I did a bit of […]

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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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Free Photo Friday — Food

I can’t imagine anything in the world that excites me more than . . . food. What were you thinking? Food. I often go to restaurants alone so that I can enjoy the evening chewing and licking and swallowing food. And if you find that icky, well to each his own. If you say the […]

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