Paris in the Spring: Art, History, Walking Tours and Memories

Last spring, my son Colin and I went to Paris– he for the first time; me for the first time in over 25 years. (How did that happen, Life?) We spent five days there, exploring some Parisian classics and some new neighborhoods. I was doing some research for a novel I’ve written set in Paris (Publication date, TBD. But it’s coming out, people, I promise). Colin was finishing up a semester abroad in Greece & Italy and was a willing companion on my book research as long as it didn’t involve getting up too early. Has Paris changed in the last … Read more…

The Rome List: What I’m Packing, Watching, Reading & Planning for my Trip

I’m off to Rome! (And Paris, but let’s tackle Rome first…) I haven’t been to Rome in almost 30 years, when I was post-college and pre-real job. I had a few things going for me at the time– a pretty good handle on conversational Italian, a previous visit a few years earlier, a degree in Classics and a Blue Guide and fantastic cardio conditioning after a year of skiing and waitressing. But pretty much no money, no game plan and a suitcase full of all the wrong clothes.  This time, I’ll be traveling with my 20 year-old son Colin who … Read more…