Category Archives: travel

Travel Tips: Georgia Aquarium – or – Damn, those are really whale sharks!?!


I visited a fascinating customer last week in Atlanta – not the one you know associated with news and cable, the other one – and had a morning off before heading to the airport. I had heard of the aquarium … Continue reading

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Vignes Buissonières 2013 Review – Amazing as always


Back in 2009, I did my first Vignes Buissonières and last year, I had my 2nd experience among the vineyards of the splendid Pic St Loup. The 2013 addition was held among huge thunderstorms that did not dampen the bucolic atmosphere … Continue reading

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Being Dad: London and Legoland, a very British weekend


Last weekend, we took the kids to London with the ultimate goal of heading up to Legoland in Windsor. We found that the Premier Inn next to King’s Cross was conveniently close to the Eurostar station and both clean and … Continue reading

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Club Review: Village Vacances du Soleil aux Menuires – Good Family Vacation Spot in the World’s Largest Skiing Domain


As I have done on a few occasions (like here and here), I thought I’d give my readers (particularly those in Europe that are parents of little monsters) my impressions from the ski vacation I just finished at the Village … Continue reading

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Travel and Food: Na and Ma in Chinese Cooking


Continuing on my nascent series on various cuisines discovered over the years while traveling, I am a bit late writing about China having visited there back in September, but the food memories are fresh enough in my mind to share … Continue reading

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Traveling with Kids: Cherbourg and the Cité de la Mer


I had already visited Cherbourg for work a few times (more on that in a moment), but had never brought the family up to the edge of the Cotentin in Normandy to this port-town known as a one-time marine port … Continue reading

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Japanese Menu for My Week in Japan


                A few months back, I had intended to start a series of blogs about food in various countries, but I only got around to talking about Japanese food. I need to take … Continue reading

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Random Sightings during a week in Beijing


Beijing is a city that moves so fast that literally, you blink and something changed. Entire neighborhoods have sprung into being in less than 10 years. It is astounding. And then there are other things that never change – Tian … Continue reading

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Sights in Beijing: The Summer Palace – the greatest stroll in the capital?


On my arrival in Beijing, I slept for a few hours and then headed out to the Summer Palace on the clear opposite side of town. I took the Line 1 and then the Line 4 metro out – it … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: Mercure Downtown Beijing – avoid it if you can


I took a red-eye flight in Economy to Beijing from Paris yesterday and must admit to being totally exhausted right now. A colleague was kind enough to pick me up at the airport and take me to the Mercure Beijing … Continue reading

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