Travel

It’s Oulili, was Volubilis

With apologies to rhyme patterns and They Might Be Giants, it’s both the ancient Roman settlement of Volubilis and the then- and current Berber village of Oulili. Considering we’d only been in Fès for a few days of the Festival and with more to come, we opted to head out to visit, at least according…

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When in Fès

So, you find yourself going to Fès (or Fez, as I had always thought it spelled) for seven days of the Fès Festival of Sacred Music and you’re looking for a place to stay. You want some place that’s convenient, but not too loud or in the middle of the medina. You’d like a comfortably…

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Welcome Back!

Since the last posts from Austria and the Italian Alps, we’ve also managed to ride a boat in a glacial lake and tent overnight in the Sahara desert. For a preview from the most recent trip, you can pop over to http://vsco.co/tastoid/journal and see some photos there. Stay tuned.

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Which way do you want to go

After jumping off the gondola lift from Siusi to Compatsch in the northern Italian Dolomiti to start the first day’s hike, the first thing you really notice is the trail list. “I think we should go left”.

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Ride on, Vienna

    Why did we end up in Vienna—Waltz? No.  Mozart? Nope. Fluency in German? Nein. Love pastries? Not really. @Bourdain?Brainbuzz, germinate a few years, back burner, a “someday we’ll go there, maybe” place. @Louonwine? “High acid, low alcohol, heuriger, biodynamic, crisp, refreshing”. Yes, that sounds about right.   We were due for a visit to Venice…

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Porchswing at SoBou

When traveling, sometimes it’s fun to try something new and then stick with all of its iterations and permutations. OK, “all” is a bit strong a phrase, maybe it should have been “oft”. So, now we’re oft… We had our first Porchswings at dinner our first night in New Orleans at a place called Brigtsen’s.…

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Boutte

What a great show last Saturday night with the amazing John Boutte.  @dbaneworleans

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Crabby Wife

Sometimes there’s nothing else you can do first thing in the morning. You just have to have a #crabbyWife. Crab cake, shrimp étouffée, two eggs as you like them. Sometimes the crabby wife is on you and sometimes it ends up in your belly. Hope for the latter. At Horn’s near Treme/Frenchmen’s Street in Marigny.

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Cold Springs Tavern

After all these years of driving up to Los Olivos or Los Alamos or even back from Paso Robles through the San Marcos Pass (CA-154) near Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County, we’d never made it into the Cold Springs Tavern. It always seemed like we’d just eaten or it was too early or we were…

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It starts here

   It has to start somewhere. This it happened to be our trip to Galicia in September, 2013. Nonstop from LAX to Madrid. Then hop another plane to Santiago de Compostela. Pick up the blue Opel and drive about 45 minutes SSW to the town of Noia (which also happens to be known as Noya) on…

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