spring break: lazy brunch and le louvre

On Sunday we slept in, and spent a lazy morning in the apartment. Then we headed to St Germain, because we had lunch reservations at Le Petit Cler at noon. I’d been craving my favorite Parisian lunch treat, a croque madame, and the one I had there was delicious. Scott had the full board of charcuterie and …

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spring break: paris planning

I’m breaking up my spring break travelogue (five days each in Paris and London) into separate posts per day, because there’s just too much. This is where it all begins. I haven’t been to Paris for a vacation–as opposed to a conference or consulting gig–since I was about five years old. But it seemed like …

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visiting the vatican

Neither Alex nor I are religious in the least, but the Vatican was still someplace that we really wanted to visit while in Rome. To avoid the lines, and better understand what we were seeing, we ended up using a tour company. It wasn’t cheap, but I think it was worthwhile, as the guide was …

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rome in a day

I’m back in Croatia tonight, sitting on the balcony of a b&b in Cavtat, watching the sun sink towards the Adriatic Sea. And I finally have the time and energy and mental space (and wifi) to write about our Italian adventure. I’ll separate the posts by city rather than by day. I suspect that it …

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dubrovnik to bari to rome

The last two days we spent in our lovely apartment were gray and gloomy, which made it a bit easier to pack everything back up into our suitcases and leave it behind. So on Friday we made our final goodbyes to our temporary home, and lugged our very heavy bags up the 100 steps from …

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on (not) being a tourist

It’s an odd thing, living in a tourist destination. I’ve done it only once before, during the five years I lived on Capitol Hill on Washington, DC. But because so many of the tourists in DC are American, it’s not quite as jarring as it is in a place like Dubrovnik (or at least I …

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i love paris in the springtime

I love Paris. I love the way it looks, the way it sounds, the way it smells. I love the bakeries and the brasseries, the cafés and the culture. And I love the AirBnB apartment that Elizabeth and Sebastian and I are sharing, which is in the middle of a neighborhood filled with delightful cafes …

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time keeps on slipping

How did it get to be mid-April already?! Time’s slipping away so quickly. In a month Alex and I will be off to Italy for our vacation trip, and then we’ll be headed back home. Last week the rain finally eased off, and spring seems to have truly sprung here in Dubrovnik. The temperatures are …

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