Paris, the city of light, has many awakenings, and taking time for tea is one of them. It can be a lively cafe scene or a subtle reflective moment. I experienced both.
There are plenty of fashion bargains in this budget-challenging year in Paris. Here are Womantraveler's best buys.
Choosing an authentic Paris bistro is a process of research and serendipity. Au Bon St-Pourcain is a key example, but there are many others if you know how to find them. And don't miss the Vlaminck exhibition at the Musee du Luxembourg if you're in the area and it's still on.
After a busy client day in the Windy City, trusting my intuition for a light dinner at Rhapsody's bar in the Chicago Symphony Center was really smart. And the choice of a flight of three cheeses with a salad of fresh greens, a crab cake and white wine was brilliant. Going solo on business, I've learned to ask the bartender what's hot -- and usually that recommendation is a winner. I'm savoring the reminiscence of Raschera (Italian Piedmont), Garrotxa (Spanish Pyrennes) and Tete de Moine (Switzerland), an assortment of both goat's and cow's milk with a variety from sharp to...
It is important to take note of the mystical summer solstice -- the longest day of the year, this year on June 20. Since I was 16 and spent Midsummer's Night in Norway as an exchange student, I have never taken this day for granted. There is a feeling of extended infinity, accompanied by the realization that the days will begin to shorten (which we won't dwell on now). And this happens this one day, suddenly, often before we are struck by its presence. So fair warning -- get into it! Every year at this time, almost surprisingly, I recall...
It only takes one lost luggage experience on the way to the first meeting with a new client to change the packing system.
Womantraveler was on an extended vacation when Typepad featured her blog this week. Stay tuned -- there are lots of stories ahead...Meanwhile, as it's a deadline, the Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael, CA returns this weekend -- and if you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, check it out. This is how close you can get to the artists!