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Jul 16, 2018

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Hi all, and welcome to Talk About Travel. In this week's section we explored Boulder, Colo. Is there an under-appreciated, mid-size American city we should feature in the "You're going where" series? Tell us about it below. Most compelling answer gets a copy of Christopher Franceschelli and Geraldine Cosneau's die-cut pop-up book, "Hello, Paris!" And now, on to your questions.

I have a 10:00 am flight out of Dulles. I was planning on getting there at 8:00 (their website has been showing 3-5 minute security lines around 8:15, but I do have luggage to check, as well). But it just finally dawned on me over the weekend ... my flight is Wednesday, the All-Star Game is Tuesday. How much extra time would you advise I allow for that? Taking Metro/shuttle from Wiehle (assuming Metro isn't on strike), so crowding may be an issue there, too.

If there's a special event or a big conference in town, you'll want to give yourself another half hour, at a minimum. I'm not sure how much the All-Star game will affect the lines the next day at Dulles. Chatters, have you ever flown out after the game? Any advice?

Just a note of thanks for this series. I'm moving back to the DC area and taking a road trip to get there, and one of the stops is St. Louis (along with Kansas City and Louisville). I'm looking forward to trying some of your recommendations, and the info on the new museum at the arch is helpful.

Thank you, glad you're enjoying the series! Binge-read them all here.

Hi - I am going to Amsterdam, Berlin, and Dublin in the fall. I'm trying to read a good book about each city before I go there. For Amsterdam, I am currently reading "Amsterdam" By Russell Shorto, which has been fascinating. Do you have any recommendations for me on books (or authors) I should read before visiting Berlin or Dublin? (Fiction or non-fiction works for me!)

I am asking a well-read and well-traveled friend for you (she used to live in Berlin). Hope to have a response soon!

Hi Crew, I am flying to Montreal for a festival in a few weeks, and this is my first time traveling with Global Entry. Obviously I want my passport and my GE card (just in case something goes awry with the passport kiosk on my return), but should I also take my state DL? (Of course I will make photocopies of everything I take with me.)

That depends. If you're planning to rent a car and drive, you should definitely take your license. For most other ID purposes, your passport will be fine.

Here you go:

Berlin – Christopher Isherwood’s ‘The Berlin Stories.’

Dublin – James Joyce’s ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,’ or ‘The Dubliners,” or, if they dare, ‘Ulysses.’

Also for Berlin (post-war Wall period) --  Ian McEwan’s ‘The Innocent’ and Len Deighton’s ‘Funeral in Berlin.’


In the 1980's Trailways offered service between downtown Silver Spring and Ocean City MD and Rehoboth and Bethany DE which I used many times. Is there any similar bus service today from Silver Spring to the beaches of MD and DE? Thanks.

Don't know of anything from Silver Spring. Bestbus offers service to Delaware beaches from Union Station and Dupont Circle in DC.  And Greyhound offers buses from Washington to Ocean City. 

I just saw some of your past online Travel Chats but cannot search them for a specific city, so........have you done articles on Williamsburg, VA and the Phoenix, AZ area? We are 2 adults visiting Williamsburg for a long weekend and other than historic Williamsburg want recommendations on what else to see (no amusements parks) and where to eat good, reasonable food. Ditto for the Phoenix, Az area.

Here is my piece on Scottsdale, which is next door to PHX.

Chatters, any suggestions for either destination?


Is there any way to sign up for last-minute discount deals?

First time chatter & wish I'd joined sooner, so apologies if my question retreads old ground or is outside your expertise. My wife and I will be hosting our two teenage nieces from Europe in mid-August, and we are trying to decide where to take them. We have done New York City and Atlanta on previous trips, their only two visits to the United States, and want to keep exploring different cities with them. We are NYC-based and also have a new addition this year (baby will be 5 months). D.C. is top of our list for all the obvious reasons but my wife is worried about August temperatures since we will also be managing a stroller, baby, etc. (and 5 of us means 2 taxis or an XL uber if we don't want to walk). Any suggestions of other spots that should be on our list if we decide to save D.C. for a future season? Doesn't have to be a BIG city, just hoping for enough to entertain teenagers, and preferably driving or train distance but could fly for a perfect spot. Or should we brave D.C.? Is it really emptier in August or are there still tourist crowds (not that we are strangers to said crowds!)? Thanks so much & stay cool today!

It will be hot and sticky in DC during August. But the museums are air-conditioned.  If you're used to walking the streets of Manhattan in August, it won't be all that much hotter here, although humidity may be higher. How about renting a house in Montauk or the Hamptons for a long weekend? Kids would likely love the beach. 

Be sure to go to Jamestown and Yorktown. Both well worth it.

Great tips! Thanks.

For Dublin: James Joyce's "Dubliners" (or "Ulysses" if you're ambitious). For Berlin: Alfred Döblin's "Berlin Alexanderplatz" or Hans Fallada's "Every Man Dies Alone" (depressing read).

Thanks for the, um, depressing suggestion.

There is a lot to see and learn about the Berlin Wall in Berlin. Definitely see the DDR museum, and The Wall museum (next to the East Side Gallery, the entrance is a little hard to find). I recommend the book "The Year that Changed the World," by Michael Meyer, about the collapse of communism.

Thanks for the suggestions!

I can't somehow manage Joyce. I love Roddy Doyle - you know, who wrote "The Commitments" trilogy. He won the Booker Prize for "Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha." Isherwood is phenomenal, brilliant stylist.

Appreciate the suggestions!

Erik Larson: "In the Garden of Beasts" - about the American ambassador and his family in wartime Germany.

Ooh, sounds like a great book.

I'm considering going to South Africa (Cape Town, Botswana, Victoria Falls) in November. Supposedly its not quite the rainy season. Any input on what I should expect for weather?

Funny,  I just returned from two of those three destinations, so I know what the weather was like, oh, last week. (Sunny and mild during the day; very cold at night; and mostly dry.)

In November, you can expect some afternoon rain showers and maybe some muggy weather. Temps should be in the 70s and 80s, and nights will turn cooler. Water levels are low at Vic Falls, so you won't see the thunderous drop of water.

Looking for someplace to travel the week of Thanksgiving. Because, well, it's Thanksgiving, I'm thinking out of the country. While Montreal sounds like a good idea -- how cold will it be? Or are there any good deals to Europe? We're on the west coast, so perhaps Japan would work? But I don't want to spend so much time traveling. We are actually in Portland, which has direct flights to more places than one would think given how small our airport is -- is it possible to do what I am asking? Thanks!

If you don't want to spend much time traveling, I would say no to Montreal, Europe and Japan. How about Austin, San Diego or Honolulu? 

Really, just about any major university town -- for museums, concerts, interesting places to eat.

I proudly nominate my father's hometown of Oakland, California, with its Bay waterfront, Lake Merritt, the Oakland Hills, wide range of restaurants, and lovely weather (not too hot in summer, not too cold in winter).

Pittsburgh, PA. Beautiful baseball stadium, separate football stadium (Steelers, Pitt), numerous museums ranging from art and natural history to the Heinz history museum, the Strip District for all manner of food, scenic views, friendly folks. On average 7 degrees cooler than DC in summer... I could go on and on.

As an adult Hartford, CT is growing on me in a way I find surprising. (I grew up outside it and hated it) But - good museums, a growing food scene there and in the immediate adjacent towns and it's all easy to get to. Also - solid theatre and music scene Downside - you still definitely need a car because it's not a major urban core. You can, however, take Amtrak there.

We get "You're going where?" whenever we tell friends we're going to Hamilton, Ontario (North American, although not U.S.). Reason? The Royal Botanical Gardens, with indoor and outdoor gardens, places to eat, evening concerts twice a week during the summer. Also nice restaurants in Hamilton and Burlington (where the gardens are technically located).

I need some recommendations for lodging in Lake Tahoe for next summer. Doesn't matter if it's CA or NV, but I want to be on the beach or have beach access within a few blocks. Google searches are vague, I've found only 2 properties on the beach, most don't specify, which leads me to believe they have no access. Help! Thanks!

Boulder is indeed a great town! Lots to do, good restaurants, and plenty of history. The historic Hotel Bouderado was opened originally a brothel! Who knew? Anyway, it is a neat place to visit. Just my 2 cents!

Glad you concur -- check out the piece here.

Hi travel team and fellow chatters! I have a business trip to Cape Town in mid-November and am thinking about tacking on a safari while I'm there (either to Kruger National Park or Tanzania). The number of safari tour companies online is seriously overwhelming! I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a good company for a solo traveler and do you think it's possible to do a nice safari in 4-5 nights? Many of the options online seem to be for 10+ days, which is just longer than I want to do (especially since I'm on my own)! Thanks in advance!

Most tour operators organize longer safari tours that incorporate many parks and often countries. If you only have a few days, you might consider choosing one lodge and taking game drives through the property. For example, andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania includes game drives and lodge walks in its rate, but also offers such extras as a bushmen experience and a crater trek. National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World includes several amazing properties in Africa, and they all come with an eco-seal of approval. Also check lodges in the national park or on private reserves. Accommodations range from camp sites to luxury suites.

My husband and I would like to take a getaway, up to five days, this fall to celebrate our tenth anniversary. We’ll be leaving our small children at home, so I don’t want to go too far (a short flight or 6 to 8ish hour drive?). I’d love something a little different and off the beaten path than heading to New York or down to New Orleans. Any suggestions?

Chicago or Boston may be fun. If you want something quieter and more romantic, maybe a historic lodge in the Adirondacks, such as the Point or Lake Placid Lodge. 

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A friend of mine who lives in in Plattsburgh, New York (on the northern tip of the state) recently told me that a smaller airline will start having twice-daily direct flights from there to Washington, D.C. later this summer. I'm thrilled because it'll make it easier for her to visit and vice versa, but it made me curious about why the airline decided to do that and how they decide flight destinations overall. Is it based off of consumer demand, budget, or the airlines wanting to do something different? I imagine this particular one might be in response to people wanting more access to that part of the state, as well as Vermont and New Hampshire. Do you have any insight on that?

Usually, airlines start new routes because of demand, and because there's money to be made. Sometimes, it's also because of Essential Air Service subsidies.

It hasn't been in DC since 1969, so that data probably wouldn't be very relevant :)

Good point. Thanks.

"Transatlantic" is a great book and set of stories


William Shirer's "Berlin Diary," about his years reporting for CBS radio in the late 1930s and early 1940s (until just before the US entered WW II).

Sounds fascinating!

Surely this does shout fall foliage and romance in New England?

Or the Adirondacks!

How about Ottawa or Montreal or Toronto or Hamilton/Burlington? There are direct flights from at least one of the DC area airports.

Yes, also good options. 

I grew up on partially on Long Island, partially in the UK and visited NYC a lot in the summer. I think the humidity makes DC a lot worse. I'm a great walker - and the summer is tough walking. I love the idea of going to Eastern LI and Montauk is lovely, but be sure to explore the North Fork - I much prefer it to the Hamptons. It's still really rural and has some great vineyards with restaurants and good beach time. If you do this, you should make sure to go to The Modern Snackbar by Riverhead. It's a real old-style diner started in the 1950s that uses a lot of delish original recipes. There are also other places on the North Shore of LI, where I grew up - Port Jefferson / Stony Brook / Setauket are nice and have great beaches. For citified - why not take the train to Boston or Philadelphia? LI though would be a really different experience for Europeans. When we had European visitors they loved that it was a new experience.

Sorry, this South Shore girl (Massapequa Park) doesn't think the Long Island Sound beaches can compare with the ocean beaches. But I've always loved the big waves. I do like the North Fork for its wineries, restaurants, etc. 

If you're interested in Ireland in general, try "McCarthy's Bar."  A little bit lighter than Joyce. :-)

Best coffee: Ozo (a local chain) -- better than Seattle. Great local Southwestern (not Tex-Mex) cuisine and happy hour: Zolo Grill. Great brewery/casual dining: Fate Brewery.

Thanks for the recommendations!

Carol's response implies she was thinking of the Portland in Oregon, though I wonder if the OP was referring to the one in Maine?

She said West Coast, so definitely Oregon. 

Or Vancouver or Calgary or Whistler. Remember, it won't be Thanksgiving in Canada.

Yes, worth looking at, especially if there are nonstop flights. 

If you stay on the Nevada side, there'll be lots of gambling -- which depending on your tastes is either an advantage or a liability.

The chatter didn't seem to care much about gambling pro or con. More built up around South Lake Tahoe. 

Fallingwater and Nemacolin are driveable and you could start in Pittsburgh - get both city and country on one trip.

Another idea

This looks like it's shaping up to be another bad year for sargassum in parts of the Caribbean. But I can't get a handle on where the sea grass overgrowth is the worst, and where it's likely to be bad later this year -- does the growth tend to move as ocean temperatures change throughout the year, for instance. We're planning an October trip to TCI, and while a forecast of heavy sargassum won't make us change our travel plans, it might cause us to think differently about our activities while we're there. Any suggestions for where to look for this kind of info?

Yes, have heard stories about sargassum being an issue in Antigua, Martinique, Grand Cayman, Grenada and other Caribbean islands, and also in south Florida, including Miami Beach. By late October, the sargassum season should be finished, although no promises there. Warmer waters seem to be implicated in the bloom. The Weather Channel recently did an article on the issue. Also check forums on sites such as TripAdvisor. 

We were there last year for a long weekend. Lovely zoo/aquarium; the Warhol Museum: the Mr Rogers exhibit inside the Heinz History Center; Fort Pitt; and also the National Aviary. Plus Fallingwater is about an hour's drive if you like Frank Lloyd Wright.

Grand Junction, CO is a destination that gets overlooked even for those of us in Colorado. Just spent a long weekend there last month and had a great time exploring wineries and taking in some beautiful scenery. Arches NP and Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP are within an hour of so, as well as Colorado National Monument and Grand Mesa.

Not a specific recommendation, but a method. University towns almost always have something interesting going on, though it might be best to avoid (or specifically pick if that is your preference) times when the school has particular things - like Homecoming - on the schedule. And example? Pittsburgh. When I am in Europe, I often seek out places that have been busy ports for centuries, since that almost always means money sloshing about which leads to interesting buildings and/or cultural resources. Afraid the US is a little young to have places that have been centers of wealth for over 500 years, but then my cultural preferences skew older. There is still likely to be some interesting stuff going on in a place where commerce happens and has been happening for over 100 years. So anywhere on a major navigable river or canal? I guess the canals don't matter much anymore. Corning, NY? I don't know how navigable the Chemung River is, but it is right there.

We had been thinking of visiting Great Britain next spring for a couple weeks, but due to the actions of our country's leader as of late, I'm worried that by the time we go, we'll face unhelpful exchanges to hostility, harassment, refusal of services, and other adverse experiences while traveling in that country, by hospitality professionals, store workers, and everyday people we encounter on the street. Do you or any of the chatters know how likely this will be the case, and what we can do to minimize this from happening, or de-escalate situations that take a turn from being neutral to negative? Shall we take a wait-and-see approach in planning our trip or decide not to travel to G.B. until, perhaps, an administration change? As much as we will try to not stand out by our clothes, as it was pointed out last week, just how we walk, hold ourselves and talk (our accent) will give us away as Americans in an instant.

I have visited several foreign countries since the election and have only been treated with kindness, compassion and a heavy dose of curiosity. No one has been rude to me or refused service. People abroad understand that not all Americans support the current administration's views. And keep in mind that Brits are not protesting Americans but one man in particular.

So I say go and be a gracious guest. And if you someone makes you uncomfortable about the current political situation, kindly tell them that you are on vacation and you left your politics at home, with the dog and the houseplants.

I was trying to book a trip to go to Universal Studios, and wow, are they missing out! (I live on the west coast). So, like, you can go on their website, and buy tickets. You can book a hotel thru them, but they don't really tell you what is close or not, you have to go and map out each hotel. You can only buy tickets for two days! Do they not want you to come for more time? you can't book airline tickets through them either. So, like, this is one of the most frustrating things. Disney wants you to come, wants you to spend time in the parks, makes it *so* easy to book everything. I usually do it through Costco anyway -- why don't they have a package for Universal Hollywood. Any suggestions?

I can't answer for Universal Hollywood, but I can tell you that the theme park is not like the Florida Universal resorts. It's smaller, and many of their visitors are Southern Calfornia residents or visitors who have made their travel arrangement separately.  Don't get me wrong, it's a fine park, but it's not really comparable to Universal's Florida resorts. 

Boston and environs (including perhaps New Bedford, Cape Cod, and/or Gloucester/Cape Ann)?

Would definitely be cooler than DC. 

I would like your/readers' recommendations on travel to Turks and Caicos in February for a long weekend. Where to stay (Air BNB vs a resort), where to eat? Thanks!

I went two years ago and T&C quickly became one of my favorite Caribbean destinations. I would encourage you to visit the smaller islands, which you can reach by ferry or puddle-jumper. Here is my piece.

It's close, it has a covered water park (so no bugs, no sunburn), but will we feel overrun with families with small kids and what about bacteria levels in the water?

Kids love Great Wolf Lodge, so expect lots of them. As for bacteria levels, I'm guessing these are carefully monitored, but there are lots of people (and children) in the water. 

How often do items left on an airplane get reunited with their owners, assuming the proper reports are filed?

I've never seen statistics on that, at least not on a national level, but I know lost and found departments work hard to reunite passengers with their possessions. I wrote about lost and found items in this 2013 Navigator.

About a decade ago, I changed planes in Toronto in January. There was a storm - shocker in January - and they put us up overnight. The poor Air Canada rep had a hard time finding us hotel rooms as there was a hockey game that night. We'd just flown in from London so were very tired and frazzled and middle of the night. She was lovely. They also gave us taxi vouchers to pay for our cabs to and form the airport. They treated us well. You might want to take winter weather into account.

Weather shouldn't be too bad in late November, although there is always the chance of an early snowstorm. 

The Corning glass museum. Nice restaurants in the town, too.

I'm guessing your idea is for the couple looking to celebrate their anniversary. Corning is a nice town. 

Berlin is a fascinating city! Here are few more suggestions on things to read up on before your visit: "Ghosts of Berlin" about the history of the city through it's architecture. A detective series based before, during and after WWII by Phillip Kerr.  Movies/TV shows to watch: "Sonnenallee" (a comedy that came out in 2000 about kids living in East Berlin just before the wall fell), "Good Bye, Lenin," and "Babylon Berlin" (on Netflix).  Enjoy!!

Hi - considering a trip to Cartagena - is it safe to travel to Columbia and this part of the country?

The State Dept. has issued an alert on a few areas in Colombia -- avoid Arauca, Cauca (except Popayan), Chocó (except Nuquí), Nariño, and Norte de Santander (except Cucuta) departments due to crime and terrorism -- but Cartagena and other major tourist destinations are fairly safe. However, you need to be aware of street crime, including muggings at ATMs. (Personally, I felt safe in Cartagena but I kept a close watch on my surroundings and the people hovering nearby.)

The State Dept. warings include: Crimes and scams against unsuspecting tourists are common in urban areas. Firearms are prevalent in Colombia and muggings or robberies can quickly turn violent. The Embassy received multiple reports of armed robberies in the area around Monserrate in Bogota, as well as on the road between Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rio Negro and the city of Medellin. Robberies by people riding motorcycles are common in all major cities. U.S. citizens have been robbed by individuals posing as police officers. U.S. citizens reported sexual assaults in several different cities throughout Colombia.

ATMs: People are sometimes robbed after using automated teller machines (ATMs) on the street. Use ATMs inside shopping malls or other protected locations.

Taxis: U.S. government personnel are prohibited from hailing taxis on the street due to the risk of assault or robbery. U.S. citizens have been killed during robberies while using taxis, most recently in September 2015 in Medellin. Use telephone or internet-based dispatch services whenever possible. Many hotels, restaurants, and stores will call a taxi for you. Authorized taxi booths are present in most airports in Colombia.

Just wanted to say thanks to you guys for posting my question and to everyone for providing suggestions!!

You are so welcome! You will need an extra suitcase for just your reading material. Have a great trip!

I was just there for five days around Memorial Day. Taliesin West is great. Heard Museum for American Indian Art is amazing. I really enjoyed the desert botanical garden (I love visiting gardens, and this is a good one to get a sense of the desert). Phoenix Art Museum was pretty good; check the exhibits to see what looks interesting. I need to find the name of the taco joint I liked . . .

Thanks and come back please with the name of the taco joint!

You should consider a sidebar "You're going where else?" to highlight a nearby city or attraction to the main story that's worth keeping in mind. For example, the Indy feature could have spotlighted the Indiana towns of Columbus (architecture) Madison (history) or French Lick (old time spa resort town) - as interesting add-ons.

Thanks for the suggestion!

What about going to see a play if one is available. I saw "Translations" here in DC (thanks, Studio Theater) right before going to Ireland. Very helpful in understanding a nation so shaped by emigration which is the inverse of the US. And I saw a few shows in Dublin too. Great theater town.

Oh I saw that play too. It was fascinating.

From a recent trip - Fuego Bistro, Tacos Crujiente, Barrio Cafe, Postino Wine Bar (for Italian)


Single guy, 40's, mainly looking for good beaches, quiet atmosphere to get away for a few days in late August. Any favorite islands come to mind?

Take a look at the Out Islands of the Bahamas

Hyde Park, with fine dining at the Culinary Institute of America restaurants. FDR's home, Eleanor's cottage Val-Kill, other mansions.

Another good thought.

Just came back from England trip. We did not have any problems. Go see Kew Gardens in London. Oxford was nice.

Great to hear. Thanks!

Can't speak for the UK, but in Portugal (both Lisbon and the Azores) I get nothing but sympathy from the natives in both places. So I'd think that most Brits would be equally kind to you.

Thanks for weighing in!

If you plan to be there for only a long weekend, chances are you'll stay on Providenciales, the main island where the international airport is. There are Airbnbs on Provo, but if you want to be right on the water -- particularly if you want to be on Grace Bay Beach -- you'll almost certainly need to stay at a resort. There aren't many private rentals that are right on the water on that side of the island.

Good to know -- thanks!

Is great for a long weekend (or a long week) in February and just about any other time of the year. I have been more times than I can count. Have stayed lots of places, but am really fond of Royal West Indies Resort on Grace Bay. Can eat on site on walk to more restaurants than you can count. Going to a small island via small plane or ferry is too much hassle for a weekend trip. Stay on Grace Bay.

Thanks for the intel!

For great restaurants, try The Fat Canary (eating at the bar, which has a fully menu, is awesome if you can't get a table, the Gabriel Archer Tavern at the Williamsburg Winery (the winery is fun to tour as well), Berrett's (seafood and great local wines), Cochon (country and casual French), The Cheese Shop (for a quick takeaway sandwich for lunch), Le Yaca (more formal French dining), and Old City Barbecue (the pickled vegetables and the brisket are the highlight. For things to do, get a Colonial Williamsburg day pass and tour the art museum, take in a demonstration of all things Colonial (bookbinding, printing, cooking, horseshoeing), enjoy a carriage ride, or take an evening ghost tour (one of my family's favorites) -- they also have numerous classes (cooking, gardening, etc.) and lectures throughout the day. The new visitor center at Yorktown is amazing. Jamestown is also a great stop. Several areas wineries, breweries and distilleries if you enjoy tasting spirits and wines. For more active outdoors pursuits, check out Jamestown Beach for a fun river beach afternoon, or the running trails along Route 5 (the old country house and plantation road)

Headed to the French Riviera in December. Any recommendations on day trips or places not to miss? Thanks!

Last winter, I visited the French Riviera with Darley Newman, a PBS travel show host.  You can find a few fun suggestions in my piece, such as a perfume-making tour and the island where then Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned. I really liked Antibes and Nice and thought Cannes was a bit too glitzy.

Burlington seems small, but don't forget that it's close to the Canadian border and that a lot of Canadians cross the border to take domestic flights from Burlington to another US city. It's cheaper and faster to drive to Burlington than going in a Canadian airport and take an international flight. My parents are driving from southern Quebec to Burlington every year when they are planning their trips to the US (usually Las Vegas).

Good point -- thanks!

I just visited Williamsburg for the first time last month. The National Park site at Yorktown was a tad underwhelming for someone who is not enthralled by battles. The visitor's center was worth visiting, but looking at fields after that - not interesting. Re: Jamestown, the fact that there are two different sites one can visit is utterly confusing. We checked out the site run by the NPS and State of Virginia, and did find that interesting (and less expensive than the other one, where tickets run $25).

Duly noted, thanks!

I am in London at least once per month for business meetings and also travel almost monthly to other places in Europe. Everyone has been kind to me. If people bring up our president, I make it clear that I, and many Americans, do not support him nor did we vote for him.

Thanks for weighing in!

Is Cassis too far afield? I love that town!

Nope -- thanks!

Short stories, skip the ones you don't like. "The Dead" is especially haunting (and a lovely movie with Anjelica Huston). Second the rec on Erik Larson, "In the Garden of Beasts." Fascinating look at our history leading up to WWII on the diplomatic front.

One last literary recommendation for the road!

LOVED the first episode on PBS last Tuesday (Detroit Middle Eastern food), am looking forward to the second (of six) tomorrow night -- this time New Orleans. Ideas for "You're Going Where?" a bonus!

Ha, thanks!

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