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Weekend in Cape Cod

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Weekend in Cape Cod

It took me about 12 years but I finally made it to Cape Cod. I had heard so much about this fabled land that I had to check it for myself. It is real. Despite waking up at an unprecedented 4:30am and driving no less than 640 miles in one weekend (that’s 1030 km for you Frencheners), I had a wonderful time. That’s the good news. The sad news is that when I woke up in Albany the next day, ... Continue Reading

12 Hours in Columbia County

Posted on January 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

12 Hours in Columbia County

Like many in the Capital District, I often rely on the good folks at All Over Albany to keep myself busy during the weekend. They uncover places that can be enjoyed in small, one hour bite-size diversions but also feature more involved road trips to the farthest reaches of the 518. Looking for some fresh air a few Saturdays ago, we decided to put one such trip to the test. Posted in 2010, the aptly titled “12 hours in Columbia ... Continue Reading

Happy 4th of July 2011 from Catalina Island

Posted on July 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Happy 4th of July 2011 from Catalina Island

Howdy! I am enjoying a well deserved vacation on beautiful Catalina Island at the moment. The island, off the coast of California, has a lot to offer. The weather is gorgeous all year round and I'm quickly depleting my ice-cream quota for 2011. I brought no less than 3 cameras, so fear not (or do, actually), I'll have a lot more to post in the next few weeks. Come back for buffalo sightings, lovely vistas, botanical gardens, and underwater adventures. ... Continue Reading

Hobbit’s House

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Hobbit’s House

Or is it? Wait, they live underground. Summer retreat maybe? Whoever wove these twigs and branches had patience and a knack for intricacy. I spotted these huts in Middlebury, VT a few days ago. Of charming Middlebury I'll remember three things. A waterfall (seen below), great local cider at the Two Brothers Tavern,  and napping in a field long enough to drain the car battery with a MP3 player. ... Continue Reading

Olana on the Frozen Hudson

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Olana on the Frozen Hudson

Perched on a hill overlooking the Hudson Valley is a rather peculiar villa. The Olana State Historic Site was the home of Frederic Edwin Church, one of the major figures in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. It is difficult to affix one single style to this beautiful mansion, though “Persian” would be a good start, and it has a ring to it. The grounds are open throughout the year and I highly recommend the peaceful view of the ... Continue Reading

French Food for Thought

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 12:11 am

French Food for Thought

This series of virtual postcards from France wouldn't be complete without talking about food. I indulged. I indulged a lot. When US Airways mentioned a weight surcharge on my way back I didn't really suspect my suitcase first. Hundreds, thousands of books have been written about French Cuisine, I'm certainly not an expert, far from it, and I don't cook much. With that out of the way, here are a few food products I had a chance to try during ... Continue Reading

The Four Corners of the Hexagon

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 1:44 am

The Four Corners of the Hexagon

I really love the vast, sprawling spaces in the USA, but there is something quite convenient about the density of Western Europe. I started my journey in Paris and a few hours later I was freezing at the bottom of the French Alps. I hopped on a train after Christmas and joined my mother in southern France that same afternoon. A few oddly-shaped castles later I settled down in Uzès, a small village in the same region, where I stayed ... Continue Reading

The Princess Is in Another Chateau

Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:03 am

The Princess Is in Another Chateau

If we were to ever run out of wine in France, we might as well export castles by the wheelbarrow. It's no secret that there is an obscene number of châteaux in this country. Do you stop noticing after a while? I won't tell, but let me remedy this situation by shedding some light on two castles I bumped into last week, the Château de Portes and the Château d'Allègre. Both citadels are located in the Gard département in southern ... Continue Reading

Chamonix by Day

Posted on January 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Chamonix by Day

Welcome to 2011! How are the resolutions working out? I won't complain much, I'm still on vacation in France for a few more days. In this series of posts I started last week, I intend on sharing pictures of France in winter, not the most well-known side of my country. Lots of variation in Frenchland, you see. I honestly favor June but every 3 years or so I do have to face a pilgrimage for Christmas, to replenish with ... Continue Reading

Chamonix by Night

Posted on December 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Chamonix by Night

Happy New Year folks! I'm on vacation in France for a couple of weeks, visiting my people. If you are wondering what my homeland looks like in the cold of winter, read on and stay tuned for a few more posts next week. Let's start with pictures of Chamonix by night. Chamonix is a commune in Narnia the Haute-Savoie département in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics; ... Continue Reading