Tag Archives: travel

Biggin’ It Up on Bourbon Street

In New Orleans on a Friday, Galatoire’s is THE place to go for lunch. The restaurant doesn’t take bookings and so those in the know hire a dissolute to stand in line for them from 6am. Only this way can … Continue reading

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Round Trip to Ravello: Travel Terror, Italian style

“They are close enough to kiss” said the Cackler in wonder. The two bus drivers were enjoying a chat through open windows as they manoeuvred their buses past each other on the road to Positano. Inside our bus, those of … Continue reading

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With Audrey, on Capri

It beats me how Audrey Hepburn ever squeezed her calves into a pair of Capri pants. If the actress spent any time on the island of Capri she must have been very beefy twixt knee and ankle because the inclines … Continue reading

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No Legover and Mounting Frustration

“Were you raised around here?” I asked, gesturing widely.  It is bad enough to know the beads you are buying were mined in Michael’s without learning that your roadside reservation jeweler is an art student from Park Slope. “My mom … Continue reading

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Desert Diversions–the road to Tuscon

In Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968 my sister and I learned to sing the Lead Belly song “Pick a Bale of Cotton”. We did not know who Lead Belly was, we barely knew what cotton was (we were a Brentford … Continue reading

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You can take a Philistine to Paris…

I heard British artist Damien Hirst recently on BBC Radio 4′ s Desert Island Discs (listen here). I truly enjoyed the program and felt it helped me begin to understand the artist’s work. Emboldened by a new and vague sense … Continue reading

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The Importance of Ritual

I caught the bouquet at the wedding of Spud to the third Mrs Hughes. Positioning myself just inches from the bride, I  used a mixture of bulk and brass neck to elbow other, younger and more nimble hopefuls out of the way. … Continue reading

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Treat America like Ireland

When the musical of my life is written and performed there will be a massive, sour-faced chorus all singing “why don’t you have your phone?, oh, where is your phone? oh why why can’t you keep your phone?”. The chorus … Continue reading

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Men I met along the way

First  there was Carl, the  twenty-something tour guide at the Johnson Space Center in Houston TX. He was straight from central casting with his lank, dark hair and pale white skin. His shirt was short-sleeved and short on natural fibers. Carl … Continue reading

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Breakfasts to rival the Ulster Fry

I am about to eat my favorite breakfast of all time: Eggs Florentine. In DC, it is usually hard to find as everyone else seems to prefer Eggs Benedict. I think the Canadians can keep their pseudo bacon, I like … Continue reading

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