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More from the Sologne

I'm not sure where this photo was taken, but it might be in the small town of Mennetou-sur-Cher. I know we were there with our California friends back in 2006 and spent a little time wandering around in the old center. A pretty street scene, possibly in Mennetou-sur-Cher, May 2006. Ken and I really enjoyed our lunch of moules et frites (mussels and fries) yesterday. It was so good that I'm thinking of going over to a neighboring town's market on Friday for some more. That market has at least t...
Tags: Travel, California, Ken, WCS, La Sologne, Mennetou


friends and family reunion road trip: day nine: friends, dogs, and views, plus some thoughts about future travels

When we went to the BART station to pick up our friend D yesterday, there was an unexpected surprise: a market! It was the Berkeley International Flea Market. A vendor told me it's been going on every weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, for 47 years. I was immediately drawn to the first table I saw. There were two necklaces that jumped out at me; they appeared to be " ". I have a necklace and a bracelet made of these fun beads, which I purchased at an AIDS fair when we lived in Port Credit. Turns...
Tags: Travel, California, Oregon, Turkey, Personal, Prague, Canada, Egypt, Ronald Reagan, Alaska, Hawaii, Peru, Meyer, Berkeley, East Bay, Caribbean


Somewhere in the Sologne

The Sologne is a historical province in central France a little south and west of Orléans, south of the Loire River. Where we live is on its southwestern edge. In fact, Saint-Aignan is at the intersection of three historical provinces: la Sologne, le Berry, and la Touraine. This is a photo taken somewhere in that region from back in 2006 when we were exploring with some friends from California. This week's image of the week (in the sidebar), the Château de la Ferté-Imbault, was also taken then. ...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Renault, Berry, Ken, Orleans, WCS, Saint Aignan, La Sologne, Loire River Where, Ferté Imbault


friends and family reunion road trip: day eight: long-distance friends meet up in san francisco

Yesterday, after we dropped the pups at daycare, Allan and I took the BART into the city, but got off at separate stops. Allan was meeting a blog-friend (someone we have met before, and went to a game with the last time we were here, in 2010), and then had an appointment at Kayo Books, a mecca for collectors of pulp paperbacks. Allan always hunts down used book stores when we travel, but this was a special find, something he's wanted to do for years. (As usual, I had no idea of this until we pla...
Tags: Travel, Art, New York, California, Iraq, US, San Francisco, Noah, Personal, David, Mission District, Korea, Mission, Montreal, Berkeley, Travels


family and friends reunion road trip: day five: hanging out in ashland and talent

On Monday, we started the day at the Ashland Dog Park. Kai and Cookie had a great time. It was their second time there, and they were more comfortable and up for socializing. There were lots of beautiful dogs of all sizes, and people were friendly but not intrusive. Just lovely. It's also so wonderful to see our dogs are completely relaxed around other dogs -- no fear, no aggression whatsoever.We went into Ashland and met my mother, my sister, and two nieces for lunch. Unfortunately this meant l...
Tags: Travel, California, Oregon, San Francisco, Personal, New Jersey, Travels, Bay Area, Ashland, Laura K, Ashland Dog Park Kai


Imperfection Perfection

  A year ago today I was leaving California after being there for over five months. I went to  California because my brother was seriously ill. Meanwhile, Covid was creating a new passage for everyone. My time at home was an extended gift, not perfect but perfect. A year since I have seen my family it feels so odd yet familiar. So much more happened this year than I ever dared imagine.   This shattered pitcher I bought the other day at the brocante. It is from the 1700s and many many moons ago ...
Tags: Travel, California, Foley, French la Vie, COVID


My Cousin Julie

  Ah, my cousin Christine, Julie’s sister sent me this photo today. When Yann and I were newlyweds living in Paris, Julie came to visit. She would come visit us many many times as the years came and went.   Julie and I were 30 years old.    In this trip visiting us we went through Paris’ famous underground illegally, climbing on telephone wires with rubber boats we bought in Bon Marche for 150 Francs. It was probably the most daring, outrageous, thrilling experience I had ever had. An eye open...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Paris, Julie, Bon Marche, Yann, French la Vie, Christine Julie, Paris Julie, Poubelle Gendarmes Pamplemousse


These are the top-ranked Airbnb rentals in every state, with 100% 5-star ratings for cleanliness, communication, and easy check-in

Airbnb Airbnb says these 50 listings have the most hospitable hosts for their respective states. Hosts who made the cut have unblemished 5-star records in cleanliness, check-in, and communication. North Carolina and California have the highest number of hosts who meet this standard, with 35 each. See more stories on Insider's business page. When you're looking for an Airbnb, the location's features, location, and price are probably some of the first factors you'll take in...
Tags: Travel, California, US, Trends, Features, House, Airbnb, Park City, North Carolina, Oliver, Town, Pensacola, Mendocino, Cheyenne, Airbnb Airbnb, Tech Insider


Crestline Selected To Manage Four Points By Sheraton San Jose Airport, California

Crestline Hotels & Resorts, LLC (“Crestline”) announced today that it has been selected to manage the Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Airport in California. The hotel is ideally situated one mile from the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) and provides complimentary airport shuttle service 5AM to 11PM. It also has easy access to Santana Row, the San Jose McEnery Convention Center and Silicon Valley. The five-story hotel includes 195 guestrooms including 10 suites. Ther...
Tags: Travel, California, Santana, Crestline, Sheraton San Jose Airport, Crestline Hotels Resorts LLC, Sheraton San Jose Airport California, Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport SJC


family and friends reunion road trip: day three: an amazing day in southern oregon

We've run out of adjectives to describe the day. Amazing, incredible, awesome. A celebration. A love-fest. It would have been special and meaningful any time, but coming after the pandemic, it was profound.After a quick breakfast in the cottage, we headed straight to my mother's place. She lives in a retirement / assisted living community in Ashland, about 15 minutes from where we're staying -- and more importantly, 15 minutes from the rest of the Oregon family (all transplants from the eastern ...
Tags: Travel, California, Oregon, US, Personal, Island, Mom, Travels, Allan, Clyde, Cookie, Alert Bay, Ashland, Vancouver Island, Kai, Laura K


12 of the most incredible hotel suites in Las Vegas for every budget

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Aria Sky Suites Las Vegas has some of the most lavish hotel suites and they're cheaper than you might think. We found incredible Las Vegas suites with stunning views and separate living and sleeping areas. Visit during off-season and pay between only $126 to $984 per night for a splashy suite Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky With about 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas and more than 30 resort pro...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, California, Trends, House, Las Vegas, Tripadvisor, Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas Strip, Bellagio, Art Deco, New York New York, Waldorf Astoria, Planet Hollywood, Strip


From stunning Malibu to iconic Santa Monica, here's where to find LA's best beach hotels

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Tripadvisor Los Angeles has some of the world's most beautiful coastline. Many hotels also front LA's stunning beachfront, from Malibu to Santa Monica and the South Bay. The best LA beach hotels start from $198 to $675 per night and come with pools and ocean views. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Sure, the Hollywood sign is one of Los Angeles' most famous landmarks, but there's perh...
Tags: Hollywood, California, Cdc, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Beverly Hills, Manhattan, Tripadvisor, Santa, Pacific, Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Ocean, Cape Cod, Malibu, Skydeck


New Hotel Openings In California Are Up, But Hotel Construction Is Down

California’s hotel development trends are showing the effects of both recovering demand as well as lasting pandemic challenges.
Tags: Travel, California


I went inside one of the US' largest aircraft storage facilities and saw how it isn't emptying out despite the rise in air travel

Pinal Airpark in Marana, Arizona. Thomas Pallini/Insider Pinal Airpark is home to hundreds of aircraft that have been stored by their airlines to ride out the pandemic. Most US carriers have reactivated their planes but foreign airlines are still filling Pinal's corridors due to lagging demand. Cargo carriers like Amazon are also looking to Pinal for inexpensive planes to fly packages. See more stories on Insider's business page. Air travel in the US is roaring back to pre-p...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, News, California, Air Canada, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Canada, Arizona, Qantas, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines


My Cousin Julie

  Ah, my cousin Christine, Julie’s sister sent me this photo today. When Yann and I were newlyweds living in Paris, Julie came to visit. She would come visit us many many times as the years came and went.   Julie and I were 30 years old.    In this trip visiting us we went through Paris’ famous underground illegally, climbing on telephone wires with rubber boats we bought in Bon Marche for 150 Francs. It was probably the most daring, outrageous, thrilling experience I had ever had. An eye open...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Paris, Julie, Bon Marche, Yann, French la Vie, Christine Julie, Paris Julie, Poubelle Gendarmes Pamplemousse


18 of the best beach hotels in the U.S. for families whether you're traveling with a baby, teen, grandparents, or pets

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Tripadvisor Travel is back just in time for summer and there's nothing quite like a beach vacation. We found the best beach hotels for families in the U.S. for travel with little ones or a reunion. The best beach hotels for families have great amenities, affordable prices, and beautiful locales. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky After a long pandemic, and with vaccinations widely available, many ...
Tags: Florida, New York, Hollywood, Instagram, California, Cdc, Oregon, Massachusetts, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Georgia, Tai Chi, Atlantic, Maine, Ocean


Dassault's new $75 million private jet with the largest cabin of its class is primed to blow Gulfstream and Bombardier's flagship jets out of the water

Dassault Aviation's new Falcon 10X private jet. © Dassault Aviation - Droits Réservés Dassault Aviation's Falcon 10X is the latest ultra-long-range private jet, going up against Gulfstream and Bombardier. While late to the scene and comparable in range to the Bombardier Global 7500 and Gulfstream G700, the Falcon 10X offers unbeatable cabin enhancements. Smaller airports will also be easier to access and with more capability than other aircraft. See more stories on Insider's ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, London, News, California, Planes, Trends, Switzerland, Aviation, Boeing, Private Jets, Falcon, London City Airport, Bombardier, Gulfstream, Dassault Falcon


16 of the best Marriott hotels in the US, from budget all-suite stays to luxury mountain retreats

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. In addition to live music, the hotel's "Backyard" offers a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, fire pits, yard games, and cabanas with swing-style daybeds. Marriott The world's largest hotel chain, Marriott has more than 5,000 properties just in the US. Travelers can use Marriott Bonvoy points at more than 30 hotel brands, ranging from budget to luxe. We rounded up some of the best Marriott hotels in...
Tags: Florida, Hbo, Texas, Mississippi, California, Washington, Disney, US, Trends, Atlanta, Catalonia, Star, Chicago, Bliss, Rebecca, Netflix


Imperfection Perfection

  A year ago today I was leaving California after being there for over five months. I went to  California because my brother was seriously ill. Meanwhile, Covid was creating a new passage for everyone. My time at home was an extended gift, not perfect but perfect. A year since I have seen my family it feels so odd yet familiar. So much more happened this year than I ever dared imagine.   This shattered pitcher I bought the other day at the brocante. It is from the 1700s and many many moons ago ...
Tags: Travel, California, Foley, French la Vie, COVID


Horseback Riding in Banff: Trail Riders Experience

Horseback riding is not really my thing. I’ve been petrified of horses since my horse-crazy mother put me on a pony when I was five. And it’s not for lack of trying. I have been on trail rides all over Canada – from PEI to Ontario and Alberta. I even gamely hopped on a horse in Costa Rica and splashed through rivers and held on for dear life as we climbed up and down muddy mountains for literally hours. But despite all my time on a horse, I remain unskilled and know any horse I ride smells my fe...
Tags: Travel, California, America, Canada, Maine, Nice, Costa Rica, Alberta, Banff, Banff National Park, Ontario, Josh, Pei, Fairmont Banff Springs, Leigh, Sundance Lodge


Lots Of Travelers Expected This Fourth Of July

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Tags: Travel, News, California, White House, Boston, Massachusetts, America, Joe Biden, West, Nashville, Newark, West Coast, Biden, AAA, South Carolina, Transportation Security Administration


Some Gas Stations Are Running Out Of Gas Ahead Of The Holiday Weekend

(CNN) — When tens of millions of Americans hit the road this holiday weekend, they’re going to find the highest prices for gasoline in nearly seven years. But many will also find stations that don’t have any gas at all. The national average price for a gallon of regular stands at $3.10, the highest since October 2014. The average is up just 2% since Memorial Day, but 42% from a year ago, when pandemic restrictions brought demand to a near halt and sent oil and gas prices plunging. But stations r...
Tags: Travel, Business, California, US, Indianapolis, Iowa, East Coast, Gas Prices, COLUMBUS Ohio, GasBuddy, Tom Kloza, US Energy Information Administration, National Association of Convenience Stores, Patrick DeHaan, DeHaan, Brian Milne


Top Stories this AM: The NFL's first openly gay player; Yang's mental health gaffe; to catch a pistachio thief

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: The NFL's first openly gay player just came out of the closet. Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay on his Instagram account because "representation and visibility are so important." Nassib commemorated his coming out by making a $100K donation to an LGBTQ+ charity. Yang's messy...
Tags: News, California, New York City, NFL, Newsletter, Trends, Unesco, Ralph Lauren, Esports, League Of Legends, Yang, Larsson, Carl Nassib, Nassib, Las Vegas Raiders, Andrew Yang


Top Stories this AM: The NFL's first openly gay player; Yang's mental heath gaffe; to catch a pistachio thief

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: The NFL's first openly gay player just came out of the closet. Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nas sib came out as gay on his Instagram account because "representation and visibility are so important." Nassib commemorated his coming out by making a $100K donation to an LGBTQ+ charity. Yang's mess...
Tags: News, California, New York City, NFL, Newsletter, Trends, Unesco, Ralph Lauren, Esports, League Of Legends, Yang, Larsson, Nassib, Las Vegas Raiders, Andrew Yang, Top Stories This Am


Meredith Mullins: A Paris Retrospective (Part I)

I am taking a blogging break this week and have asked friends to write guest posts for Eye Prefer Paris during my absence. Today and this coming Thursday, Meredith Mullins is writing about a very special show of her photos.  How do you choose the most powerful images from the past eight years of your visual life? How do you tell a story so that people can see and feel what seized your senses and made you stop to capture that moment in time?   It is not an easy task.   I have been g...
Tags: Travel, California, Paris, Richard, Meredith, Pacific Grove California, Richard Nahem, Meredith Mullins, Eye Prefer Paris, Pacific Grove Art Center


French-ness

  Sadly, the end of summer draws near, the warm weather is saying goodbye to Provence, it is the time of year where I grab a sweater in the morning and then again in the evening. Our maison du village (house in the village) has stone walls that are over three feet thick. Our maison's wall butts up against the neighbor's maison's wall creating a six-foot-thick stone wall. Insulation at its finest: Cool interior in the summer, holds heat in during the winter. Our home is a mere four hundred yea...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Chelsea, living in France, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Francis, Levi Strauss, Florence, Provence, Mona Lisa, Mary, Corey, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci


10 of the best hotels in Santa Barbara whether you're on a budget or want to splurge on a celebrity favorite

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Booking.com Santa Barbara offers some of the world's poshest stretches of coastline and wine country. The region is also home to high-end hotels, many of which are notoriously expensive. We found the best Santa Barbara hotels for all, including affordable picks and a few splurges. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky As a travel journalist based in Southern California, when it comes to Santa Barbara,...
Tags: California, Cdc, Trends, Morocco, Marriott, Keurig, Starbucks, Tripadvisor, Santa, Pacific, Oprah, Pacific Ocean, Mediterranean, Santa Barbara, Joe, Southern California


I flew on Set Jet, where flights on private jets cost the same as typical airlines' first class, and saw why it's one of aviation's best kept secrets

Flying on private jet firm Set Jet. Thomas Pallini/Insider Set Jet is a membership-based private jet firm offering seats on private aircraft on set routes across the American West. Flights cost less than $500 but still offer most of the trappings of a traditional private jet flight. I flew on a Set Jet flight and was impressed by the luxury of the service for the low price point. See more stories on Insider's business page. Flying on a private jet is the very pinnacle of air trave...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, California, Planes, Trends, Features, Flying, Arizona, San Diego, Aviation, Las Vegas, Airlines, Costa Rica, Private Jets


Marin Management, Inc. Adds Independence 47 Hotel In Arizona To Hotel Management Portfolio

Marin Management, Inc., a California-based hotel management company, announced today the addition of the boutique Independence 47 Hotel in Scottsdale to its growing portfolio of properties in Arizona.
Tags: Travel, California, Arizona, Scottsdale, Marin Management Inc


Gov. Newsom Announces ‘California Dream Vacations’ COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative

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Tags: Travel, News, California, Local, Syndicated Local, Sacramento, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, Coronavirus, Covid-19 vaccines, California Dream Vacations



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