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April 17, 2017

France: Porto Corsica


Ota Corsica’s port is a popular beach destination, at least in the middle of summer. But as we learned when we visited in the middle of November 2016, Porto is a seasonal resort; most everything closes for the off-season. With few tourists the town has a weird “redrum” feeling. If a young Jack Nicholson suddenly appeared, we were definitely bolting out of the town. (more…)

April 10, 2017

Corsica: L’église Sainte-Julie de Nonza

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L’église Sainte-Julie de Nonza

Driving down the west coast of Corsica is slow. Twisty two-lane roads clinging on hillsides keep cars’ steering wheels spinning. Add in an occasional “goat jam” and you best not expect to make it to the next stop quickly. Not that you’d want to. Traveling in this area Corsica is more about the journey than the destination. The drive down Corsica’s rugged and wild west coast is not something that is soon forgotten. (more…)

April 9, 2017

France: Bastia Corsica

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Last fall, on the 9th of November, we left the rain and cold of Burgundy and headed south by car. Our route would ultimately take us to the island nation of Malta. Malta is further south than Gibraltar and Sicily; it was furthest south in Europe that we could practically reach. The mission was to find warmer and drier weather. (more…)

France: Annecy

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A modest lakeside residence

We didn’t experience Annecy France in its best light. It was rainy and cold when visited at the beginning of November 2016. Annecy has been nicknamed the “Pearl of French Alps.” Sitting at the edge of Lake Annecy and the de facto gateway to the famous ski resorts of Albertville, Annecy may well live up to its “pearl” billing. We will have to return in better weather to be sure. (more…)

France: Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains and the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans


A tunnel beneath the saltworks at Salins-les-Bains brings brine to the drying pans.

Salins-les-Bains and Arc-et-Senans are in the Jura and Doubs departments of France, respectively. Both administrative departments are on France’s eastern border with Switzerland. As of 2015 Jura and Doubs were part of the larger administrative region of Franche-Comté, the only region of the continental portion of France that we hadn’t visited. But by the time we first arrived in Franche-Comté in 2016 it turned out that we already had visited all of the administrative regions of continental France. How did that happen? At the start of 2016 Franche-Comté was consolidated into a larger region, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. A legislative act eliminated Franche-Comté before we could visit. (more…)

April 8, 2017

Switzerland: Bern


An interesting fact: Switzerland has no formal capitol. Instead the country has a federal city, the place where most of the federal governmental buildings (parliament, executive, administration) are located. That city is Bern. (more…)

France: Arbois, Maison Pasteur

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Pasteur’s laboratory

In the Jura department of France, near the border with Switzerland is the commune of Arbois. The town of around 3,500 people is known for its cheese-centric food, theft-worthy Comté cheese, and wine. Indeed, in 1936 Arbois’ viticulture areas became the first designated “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée” or A.O.C. in France. Today the Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne appellations are more famous, but Arbois was the first. (more…)

April 1, 2017

Switzerland: Jungfraujoch


The Wengernalp railroad between Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg

The commune of Interlaken is located around 50 kilometers from the geographical center of Switzerland. As suggested by its name, Interlaken sits between two lakes, Brienz to the east and Thun to the west. It is a pretty place that has justifiably been a tourist destination since the start of the 19th Century. (more…)

March 18, 2017

France: Côte d’Or


The commune of Vosne-Romanée

Burgundy’s most famous and most expensive wines originate in the Côte d’Or appellation, a band of vineyards extending from the southern outskirts of Dijon to Santenay. On the east side of this limestone escarpment the vineyards spill down the hillside onto the valley floor. A designated 60-kilometer long road route through the vineyards, the Route des Grands Crus, takes oenophiles (more…)

March 1, 2017

London: Soho, John Snow

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John Snow Pub

John Snow Pub

“You know nothing, John Snow.” (more…)

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