Monday, October 20th, 2014

Where to Stay in Paris — Best Neighborhoods and Accommodation

Where’s the best place to stay in Paris? For most people, going to Paris is the trip of a lifetime — so it’s all the more important to carefully choose where you stay. Paris was the first city I ever fell in love with, and after thirteen years, it’s still my favorite city in the world. On my first [...]

My 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

In a year of travel taking me from Austria to Australia, Boston to Bangkok, Malta to Macedonia, Kyoto to Koh Lanta, the good times have been so good. To commemorate the year, I decided to do a round-up of my best travel moments of 2013. Rest assured, as good as the times rolled, it certainly wasn’t [...]

The UNESCO Hunt: 1-10

A few months ago, I resolved to visit 101 UNESCO World Heritage Sites by the end of the year. That would require me to visit 50 new sites in about eight months. It soon became clear that this was not going to happen. I failed in several ways. First off, I was traveling solidly for [...]

Storm Arrives in Paris

The best photos have everything to do with timing.  Maybe it’s waiting for the precise moment for your subject to be in the perfect position; maybe it’s a case of waiting for the best lighting of the day. In this case, it was when a storm arrived. After four days of searing heat and bright [...]

The Joys and Challenges of Traveling with a Project

Traveling on the SOTM tour has been an incredible experience so far.  I’ve never done a trip like this before — doing a project and taking it around the world. Sure, you could consider this site a project, but doing Someone Once Told Me has been so different.  Everywhere Mario and I go, we ask [...]

The Lost Generation is Alive and Well in Paris

When I first read The Sun Also Rises, I was captivated by the Lost Generation — the American and British expats who lived on the Left Bank of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, creative types, who spent their days writing in cafes, their nights dancing in bars. Employment was nebulous at best, a necessity [...]

Père Lachaise Cemetery: Eternal Rest for Brilliant Minds

It took six trips to Paris, but I finally made it to the world’s most visited cemetery: Père Lachaise. What took me so long?  Years ago, I remember hearing that it wasn’t located in the best neighborhood. And like we so often do, I carried that unverified nugget of knowledge in the back of my [...]

Arriving in Lyon, I only knew three things about the city: that it was the second-largest city in France after Paris (if you include the metro area), that it was France’s culinary capital, and that it was home to an amazing lights festival. Lyon’s Fete des Lumieres was one of the most spectacular things I’ve [...]

Winter French Dishes That Will Stick to Your Ribs

In some countries, the best season for eating is the heart of summer, when tomatoes and zucchini pop up in abundance.  For other countries, it’s fall — the time of harvest and the time when all the best new wines come out. For France, however, I think that the best food season is the winter. [...]

Grenoble on a Perfect Winter Day

Winter in Europe can be such a gamble.  While we arrived in the Rhône-Alpes region to a clear day in Lyon, we were soon bombarded with snow, slush, and freezing temperatures in both Lyon and Grenoble.  Despite three pairs of socks, my toes nearly froze clean off. Thankfully, Grenoble has a number of museums, including [...]