Travel

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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Turkish Tourism Poster

    Happy memories. The second trip G & I took together was to Turkey. That would be about a hundred years ago now, but Turkey in general, and Istanbul in particular, still evokes very strong memories. Food markets, jumping on the tramway, dining in the flower passage. Toward the end of our stay, already…

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Barcelona

For me, at least, it took a couple days to warm to Barcelona. We entered Barcelona with high anticipation while knowing that our trip would be over soon. Toledo was a fun place to set our feet first. Madrid featured amazing museums and an introduction to the tapas culture. Then there was Zaragoza with its…

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Zaragoza

As a middle stage to our trip, Zaragoza was an excellent place to visit. It has a compact city center, amazing (and I do mean AMAZING!) tapas bars and an interesting religious festival called the Festa de la Pilar that goes of for days. We really enjoyed Zaragoza. Do try to go during the Festa…

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Madrid

After two days enjoying the small city charm of Toledo, we hopped a bus for the hour-long trip back up to Madrid for a few days of amazing museums, great neighborhood walking, tapas, copas de blanco and late-night dining.

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Toledo

We’ve been back from Spain for two weeks and are finally uploading a few photos from the trip. We’ll eventually post the rest in the order of  our visit: Toledo, Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona. Hope this gives you a sense of some of what we loved! You can either select thumbnails below to enlarge or…

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