Category Archive for 'Lodging'

Paris Day-To-Day

Staying Put In line with my devout belief that Paris should not be hurried, there will be no hotel recommendations here.  We don’t use them. They’re too expensive. Laundry and drycleaning are vastly overpriced. You can’t cook your own food. Unless you sneak takeout food into your room, you have to eat out three times [...]

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There are good reasons why more and more retirees are skipping age-restricted ersatz villages in favor of college towns, the same reasons families and young professionals are making that choice. They have ready access to libraries and art galleries, audit classes and sit in on lectures, attend concerts and theatrical productions, root for the college [...]

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This is the Queen City of the Mediterranean. It is a European capital of design. Developers and the goverment continue to rejuvenate formerly distressed neighborhoods. Abandoned buildings from the Middle ages forward are continuously transformed, an unstopping parade of new museums, cultural centers, colleges, residences. Its acclaimed chefs and restaurants set the gastronomic bar ever higher, sending their international [...]

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On The Block

Draw a gentle arc from the eastern end of New York’s Long Island across the water to the knuckle on the fist of the flexed arm of Cape Cod in Massachsetts. It takes in some of the most blessed and glittery summer retreats on the Eastern Seaboard – the fabled Hamptons, home to movie notables [...]

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Normally, people don’t visit Montréal for the weather, but in spite of it. But by happy circumstance, we arrived there under porcelain blue skies and temps in the 70s, leaving sixteen days of continuous rain back in the Lower Hudson Valley. It stayed that way for six days. I’ve been writing about Québec since 1991, [...]

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Staying Put

“Gather ’round, people. I have some housekeeping announcements. In the morning, have your bags packed and outside your hotel room by 5:30. I know that’s early, but we have a long ride tomorrow to Wherever and only 45 minutes to see the Whatsis. Then we’re on to Someplace to have lunch at 2:30. Yes, that’s [...]

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This most Spanish of Spanish cities is cliché made manifest. Its Gothic-Renaissance cathedral ushered in the 15th Century on the site where an Arab mosque once stood. The remains of an earlier Almohad Moorish royal residence were incorporated into the nearby 14th Century fortified palace commissioned by Pedro the Cruel. They loom over the Barrio [...]

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Whether you prefer New York to Los Angeles or Paris to London or, to the point here, Barcelona to Madrid, may well depend upon which city you experienced first.  I first saw Barcelona in 1955 and didn’t get around to Madrid until six years later.  Fiercely exotic Barcelona had me wowed and wide-eyed, after which [...]

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As a child of the post-war New York sububurbs, I don’t remember when I first heard the simple but evocative advertising slogan “Castles In Spain”. In that time before five TV channels became five hundred, those three words summoned images of chest-thumping knights in armor, chest-heaving ladies-in-waiting, dramatic jousts with trumpets announcing deadly competitions, and [...]

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Green To Rust

“Leaf peeping” is a phrase that makes me gag – repeatedly, given that it is much beloved by the multitude of New England tourism authorities and I’ve been writing about the region for twenty years. Those same flacks would have outlanders believe that the annual changing of the foliage lasts a couple of months or [...]

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