Rust Never Sleeps

Rust Never Sleeps

The Eiffel Tower, that accidental icon of Paris, is under constant threat, and the armed soldiers walking around the base are doing nothing to stop it.  Though their presence is accepted and appreciated by visitors and Parisians alike, the threat I’m talking...
Shop for clothes like Parisians do

Shop for clothes like Parisians do

Nobody is going to accuse me of being a fashionista (I’m not even sure that term can be applied to a male?).  But I know from having taken thousands of travellers through La Ville Lumière (the city of light) that a “break” from the landmarks and...
“You don’t even have a tan”

“You don’t even have a tan”

Upon return from one of my trips to Europe in 2012, a neighbour asked me, “So what do you do when you’re over there?  I mean, you don’t even have a tan.” I actually did have some colour from hiking under the warm Italian sun in the...
5 Traditional European Christmas Dishes You’ve Never Tried

5 Traditional European Christmas Dishes You’ve Never Tried

1.  Vánoční Rybí Polévka (Czech Christmas Fish Soup) – Czech RepublicHarking back to a simpler time when meat was a luxury to most Europeans, the tradition of eating carp (a freshwater fish) for a treat at Christmas has remained strong in the Czech...
“Hell cannot be so terrible”

“Hell cannot be so terrible”

Verdun.  For a past generation, this one simple word evoked all the horror of war.  Displacement, destruction, devastation, death.   Hyperbole is not even possible when describing the events of the Battle of Verdun.  Verdun is a town that found itself on the eastern...