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Top Travel Tip: Three Pools – Marion, Oregon

Top Travel Tip: Three Pools – Marion, Oregon

Today’s Tip: Three Pools – Willamette National Forest, Oregon Three pools is a collection of gorgeous swimming holes in the Opal Creek Wilderness area in Marion county Oregon about 90 miles south east of Portland. From Portland, getting there takes about two hours by car, but the crystaline pools of brilliant, blue green water are … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Portland Farmer’s Market

Top Travel Tip: Portland Farmer’s Market

Today’s Tip: Portland, Oregon Farmer’s Market Portland has become a bastion of the farm-to-table phenomenon in the US and it’s many farmer’s markets are nothing short of fabulous. There are more than ten farmer’s markets scattered throughout in the Portland metropolitan area, all of which connect local farmers to consumers and have an abundance of farm … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip Crema, Portland

Top Travel Tip Crema, Portland

Today’s Tip: Crema coffee shop in Portland, Oregon Portland is nearly synonymous with coffee and Crema is one of my favorite coffee shops in the city. With a silver laptop sitting on each honey colored wooden table, and an artfully bearded or bespeckled face peeking out from behind each glowing screen, it could feel pretentious in this place. But … Continue reading

A rolling stone

A rolling stone

It has been just over one year since I decided I’d had enough of Washington, DC and set off on this adventure.  Since then I have been to seven countries and countless cities.  I have traveled by plane, train, subway, boat, motor scooter, bike, car, bus, and on foot.  I’ve lounged poolside, hiked up volcanoes, … Continue reading

Zipping up the suitcase again

Zipping up the suitcase again

No matter how long a visit, I have with the Englishman, I never seem to realize it will come to and end, until its time to say goodbye. This time we had a full month in each other’s company. Something of a record for the past few years. We certainly crammed a lot into the … Continue reading

Setting sail for a summer of travel

Setting sail for a summer of travel

The only word to describe Nice at the moment is: glorious. The summer is in full Mediterranean bloom and the weather is beyond perfect. The deep aqua sea is putting on its best sparkle for the hordes of visitors who stare in awe and the magic golden sunshine saturates every corner of the city until … Continue reading

Water, Sewer, Gas, Electric

Water, Sewer, Gas, Electric

In my travels during the past couple of years, I started noticing all of the varied utility covers embedded in the roads and sidewalks in cities all over the world. I became so fascinated with the rustic, industrial, beauty of the water, sewer, gas and electric lines and covers, I have started a photographic collection … Continue reading

How to Make Long Distance Work: Move Closer.

How to Make Long Distance Work: Move Closer.

The Englishman and I said our last goodbye over two months ago at the airport in San Francisco.  Fittingly, we said hello again last week at the airport in Nice. The two of us have had countless rendezvous in airports all over the world: from Cairo, to Rome, to Tel Aviv, to London and Portland, … Continue reading

The Adventure Continues

The Adventure Continues

More than four months after touching down in the US, I have finally booked my flight back to France. I have spent nearly as much time back here on the west coast as I have in France in the past months, which strictly speaking was not part of the plan. But it feels good to … Continue reading

Lost in Portland

Lost in Portland

When I planned my escape from Washington all those many months ago, I wasn’t thinking that far into the future. After all, it was only a matter of weeks between the day I hatched my plan to flee the confines of my desk, and the day I actually arrived in the French Riviera. I was … Continue reading

Pondering Things

Pondering Things

Selling all of my belongings has changed the way I see things and being back on familiar ground has made those things come into focus. I have always been someone who loves clothes, and shoes, and cosmetics, and basically… stuff and who especially loves a bargain and my closet reflected that. So going from 100 … Continue reading