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…

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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…

Near Agen, France, Late October 2012. Alone on our canal boat, we plied the waterways of the Garonne Lateral Canal and the Baise River from Agen on the Garonne to Nerac on the Baise in late October of 2012 and it was a wonderful time to do so. Both are often surrounded with crowds of heavy growths of trees, small forests of oak, chestnut, ash and other shouldering in, fighting the wild roses, the ivy, the ferns for a favored spot. Of course there were the towns along…

Lake Grasmere, Lake District, July 20, 2013. Just at dawn in England’s Lake District we stepped from mile-long trail through the ancient rock, pine and oak to the rough pebble beach of Lake Grasmere, one of the smallest of the lakes in this lovely land. As the sun beat its first rays onto the water, the mist covering much of the lake began to slowly rise giving a glimpse to the shorelines of both sides, greater, clearer views close in and views obscured by stubborn mist, blotted by…