August 30, 2014 Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.   Lebanese soldier beheaded, others threatened, street demonstrations reroute travelers. [AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Updated September 30, 2014.  I checked the US State Department warnings a few weeks before leaving for Lebanon.  At the time, they were warning against “non-essential” travel into Bekaa Valley.  In researching for several posts on Lebanon today, I came across this updated, and more ominous, State Department warning:  Last Updated: August 15, 2014    The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of ongoing…

This seasoned American traveler loved dinner with the seasoned French chef. August 2014 Among the blessings bestowed on the independent traveler is the ability to act on a whim including dinner with a French chef is his Paris home. This August I was trying out the wireless internet reception in the apartment we’d rented in the 13th Arrondissement, an apartment we found through AirBnB. I had an email from AirBnB with a subject line something like “fun things to do in Paris.” (A tip of the hat to…

Travel Blog, Eiffel Tower

Travel Blog: Top 10 Paris Treats + One Wander where you will and Paris will surprise you. I probably get to Paris too often. I mean, there’s a whole world out there! Still, in late July and early August of 2014 I was there again. I lost count long ago, but I know I was first in Paris in 1966, I’ve been there as often as four times in a single year, and I’ll be back. Let’s just say I’ve been in Paris 30 to 35 times keeping…

Travel coinciences are as surprising as pinatas.

Kids in Mexico . . . travel coincidences multiply. Who would think calling out to a group of American kids would start the ball rolling for travel coincidences? Years ago, we were barely walking along Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, rendered into nearly senseless stupor from a huge and delicious three-hour-long luncheon on a sultry June day, enjoying the dots and spots of sunlight streaming through the leaves of the broad trees which shelter the sidewalk. It truly was siesta time. A group of bubbly American…