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Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 April 2019

The longest domestic flight in the US. Discussed in the last item, below. Good morningI’m doing things a little differently today.  I’m sending out the newsletter as usual, and then I’ll send out a separate article later on Friday morning to make it more noticeable for all.In addition to this newsletter now, there’s a feature article on how to most accurately know if your flight will be on-time or not.  If you follow the steps in that article, and use the recommended apps or websites, you’ll pro...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, England, New York, London, Youtube, Scotland, Boston, Trains, Child Services, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Earth, David


Weekly Roundup, Good Friday 19 April 2019

The evolution of the Qantas logo.  One of our favorite airlines and logos.  See article below on “changing the paint job”. Good morningI hope your Good Friday is off to a good start, and your Easter Weekend will be spent most pleasantly, including, for the Christians among our readers, some extra time pondering and being thankful for our salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus.If this was New Zealand, we’d all be on holiday today (and also Monday), but, alas, here in the US, most of us are prob...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Scotland, China, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, David, Britain, Paris, Italy


Join Our Special September Tours

We’ve two very special tours available for you this September.  Choose either, or choose both (we’ve timed them so you can do them, one after the other).They are special because they are each a new itinerary we’ve not offered before, and with some new concepts included.  Although we’ve been designing and operating tours for – gulp – close on 30 years, we’re still learning, fine-tuning, and tweaking.We really love the enhancements added to these two tours and are sure you will too. Urquhart Cast...
Tags: Travel, London, France, Scotland, David, Highlands, Loch Ness, Destination, Travel Insider Touring, Loire River, Loire Valley, Fort William, Tobermory, Urquhart Castle, Loire Valley Landcruise The Loire Valley


The upper Loire

As you know, Ken, Tasha, and I spent the first week of March near the Auvergne city of Le Puy-en-Velay. Not far from there, a little to the south, is the source of the Loire, France's longest river. The Loire is small and swift near its mountain origins, and very different from the section that flows through our region farther north. The Loire river cuts deep valleys in the Massif Central, France's central mountain range. The Loire we know is broad and calm and rolls along through gently slopi...
Tags: Travel, France, Atlantic, Auvergne, WCS, Loire Valley, Loire, Chateaux, le Puy, Goudet, Ken Tasha, Puy-en-velay, Loire France, Massif Central France


Classic Loire Valley Wedding at Chateau d’Artigny in France

Today's story of love—captured by Oliver Fly and planned by Vanessa & Caroline of Creatrices de Mariages—is the stuff fairytales are made of. A chateau with grounds so pretty you won't believe your eyes, a Bride so lovely you'll have a hard time not staring and a ceremony graced with the Loire Valley sun. Oh, did I mention these two cuties?! They are the cherry on top. I can't even with their presh little faces. There is truly SO much more that I couldn't cram into the main imagery you see below...
Tags: France, Wedding, The Blog, Loire Valley, Real Weddings, Traditional Elegance, Oliver Fly, Vanessa Caroline


Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Bet you can’t name this distinctive capital city. See item, below. Good morning“I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding that right now.  Please try again later.”That was the regular response, during the last nightmarish couple of weeks, to my regular morning request “Alexa, turn on David Bed Light”.  An intermittent problem with my new Netgear router often meant it had frozen overnight, so when it came time to turn on the light in the morning as part of a regular getting out of bed routin...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, England, Science, London, Australia, France, Scotland, Hotels, Senate, China, Air Canada, Miscellaneous, US


Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla


Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 March 2019

A section of the brightly colored houses and shops facing out to the harbor in the lovely little town of Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. We’ll spend two nights here on the Scotland’s Highland Highlights tour in September. Good morningAnother week with a disrupted review – the product I was testing abjectly failed at the thing it was primarily intended for.  To be fair, I have to give the manufacturer a chance to respond – maybe it is a bad unit, for example.However, there’s lot we do have this w...
Tags: Travel, Google, South Korea, Spacex, Elon Musk, Scotland, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, David


Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 February 2019

Enjoy the good life in the beautiful towns and villages of France’s Loire Valley this September. See details below. Good morningThere’s more craziness this week than I can remember for a long while, and much of it gleefully commented on in the last couple of items below.I prepared a review of a fun little gadget that I’d got prior to Christmas, and was going to present it to you this morning.  But I checked and could no longer find the gadget on Amazon, or on the official supplier website either...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, England, London, California, France, Scotland, Trains, Miscellaneous, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newsletter


Best places to travel in April

There’s an old cliché about April showers bringing May flowers, like that’s some kind of optimistic mantra to get you through four weeks of saying, “The weather really should be getting better by now.” But how about instead of finding clever rhymes to survive the unexpected doldrums of April you just get the heck outta town? April is the month where cherry blossoms bloom from DC to Japan, baseball gets back in season, and New Orleans isn’t yet soul-crushingly humid. And it’s Laotian New Year!...
Tags: Travel, Japan, California, Washington, Kentucky, Thailand, Washington Dc, New Orleans, San Jose, Michelin, Venice, Coachella, North America, Jason Aldean, Carnival, St Lucia


Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Exciting news! We’re offering a new Scotland tour in September (details immediately below), and this time we not only have a ride on this, the “Harry Potter” steam train, but we also, in the other direction, have a photo stop where we can photograph the train crossing the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. Good morning Lots of touring news this morning. Our new Loire Valley Land Cruise in September has proven to be popular, with three people already signed up and another four expected to be joining th...
Tags: Travel, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Obama, California, North Korea, Mexico, France, Scotland, China, Germany, Trains, Miscellaneous, US


Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 February 2019

The Loire River, the longest in France, which gives the valley its name.  Details of our September “land cruise” tour of the Loire Valley are now available, here. Good morning While there are no attachments to this morning’s nice long newsletter, that is due to a quirk in how these emails work.  I’ve actually been very busy this last week preparing the pages of information for our lovely Loire Valley “land cruise” in late September. You can see the main tour page here that sets out all the det...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, Australia, France, China, Germany, Israel, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Chicago, David, Prague


Weekly Roundup, Friday 25 January 2019

The 500 year old Chenonceau Castle in the Loire Valley – we visit it on our tour this September (see below). Good morning I hope you had a nice long weekend. I spent much of mine listening to music – through a new pair of Bluetooth equipped noise cancelling headphones.  Although I love technology and gadgets, and definitely love noise cancelling headphones, I’ve not been able to convince myself that adding Bluetooth to a regular pair of headphones is a good idea, either from a convenience or a ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, London, Obama, France, Germany, Israel, US, Newsletter, Atlanta, Eu, Chicago, David


10 amazing Vogue-caliber wedding dresses

Happy Friday friends! You may have seen this Big Sur wedding and this candy-striped beauty we’ve been ogling at over on Instagram, and what can we say? We just couldn’t stop there. We had to add this Chanel haute couture (shot by Elizabeth Messina) to the mix, the first in a slew of incredible Vogue-caliber gowns for you to spend your weekends dreaming about… Here’s Caitlin Mociun in that AMAZING Carolina Herrera gown for her Puglia wedding. (Photo by Gesi Schilling) Isn’t this full, formal M...
Tags: Utah, Instagram, Minnesota, Vogue, Wedding, Patagonia, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Mandy Moore, Big Sur, Loire Valley, Rodarte, Reem Acra, Norman Blake, Wedding Dress, Bridal Fashion


Weekly Roundup, Friday 4 January 2019

Fedex tracking information showing it will take eight days for a package to travel about 15 miles from Seattle to Redmond.  See article below. Good morning A chatty sort of newsletter rather than a “real” one today.  I’m still easing back into the usual routine after a disruptive Christmas/New Year break, but plan to be back to whatever passes for normal next week. There used to be a time when I’d bemoan the start of each new year due to the difficulty in breaking the habit learned over the pre...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Australia, Youtube, Trains, US, Newsletter, Walmart, UPS, David, Usps, Shanghai, New Zealand, Airbus


What is noble rot

When the wine grapes ripen in the vineyards of the Tokaj region in Hungary, a fungus starts to form. The fungus is fuzzy and gray — something you’re familiar with if you’ve seen moldy strawberries — and causes the grapes to shrivel. It’s also intentionally allowed to foster on the wine grapes. The fungus is the reason why the sweet white wines from Tokaj are some of the most expensive in the world. Tokaj is in northeastern Hungary near the Slovakian border, and wines from the region are calle...
Tags: Travel, France, US, Hungary, Wine, Bordeaux, All, Unesco World Heritage, Louis XIV, Loire Valley, Catherine the Great, Tisza, King Louis, White Wine, Tamas Kovacs, Oremus


Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 December, 2018

Our group (minus me as photographer) enjoying our farewell “Captain’s Dinner” on our Land Cruise in Lille, France, last week. Good morning Very few shopping days remaining until Christmas – but you already know that, I’m sure! This week’s newsletter is in slightly different form.  I arrived home at 1.30am on Thursday morning and the rest of Thursday has been a bit of a jetlagged blur, during the course of which I wrote an article which is added at the end of today’s newsletter. The article was ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, London, France, Miscellaneous, US, San Francisco, Newsletter, Tech, Sea, David, Britain, Winston Churchill, Heathrow, Gatwick


The best sparkling wines

If there’s only one rule you follow when picking out which wine to drink, it’s this one: When in doubt, reach for the bubbly. Synonymous with celebrations, seasonal parties, and weekend brunches everywhere, a bottle of sparkling guarantees a good time. And the world of sparkling doesn’t stop at Champagne. Sparkling wines are produced all over the world using an array of grape varieties, production styles, and aging techniques. You’re missing out on some of the most exciting wines out there if...
Tags: Travel, England, Australia, California, France, Germany, US, Spain, Austria, Chile, Italy, Portugal, Champagne, All, Franciacorta, Lombardy


12 Design Lessons from Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge

My favorite places to visit when traveling are biographical museums, the original homes or workplaces of architects, artists, or writers. The spaces are personal, the experience is intimate, and I leave feeling as though the subject is a close friend. Perhaps the most intimate of them all is Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, England. That’s because Kettle’s Yard is remarkably unchanged since owners Jim and Helen Ede left in 1973. “One of [England’s] most intimate and spellbinding museums, the collect...
Tags: Books, England, France, Britain, United Kingdom, Paris, Cambridge, Kettle, Cardiff, Pablo Picasso, Copenhagen, University of Cambridge, Barbara Hepworth, Modern, Helen, Windsor


Dinant, Belgium – The Essential Travel Guide

We share the top things to do in Dinant, Belgium and the surrounding area in Namur province, as well as the best restaurants in Dinant and where to stay to have a great weekend getaway in Belgium. Dinant was one of the first cities I visited in Wallonia and, as it is bisected by the River Meuse, I couldn’t help but compare it to the towns and villages along the Rhine River in Germany. With its lively waterway, hilltop castles and fortresses, beautiful churches and picturesque vistas, Dinant on...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, France, Germany, Unesco, Belgium, Luxembourg, Brussels, Tripadvisor, Castle, Aston Martin, Anthony, Alison, Don, Andrew


The Most Beautiful Places in Germany (Map Included)

Germany is a vast European country with plenty of attractions for visitors. We round up the most beautiful places in Germany from its busiest cities to picturesque German towns and villages. We also share the most beautiful castles in Germany and some stunning natural wonders to explore. Andrew and I have visited quite a few areas of Germany, but we still feel we’ve barely scratched the surface of this fantastic country. When I decided to round up the most beautiful places in Germany, of cours...
Tags: Aachen and North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-wurttemberg, Berlin, Germany, Munich and Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate, Slow Travel, Aachen, Bavaria, Rhineland, Slow Travel In Europe


Recommended Reading: Half An Hour from Paris

“Half an Hour From Paris: 10 Secret Daytrips by Train” by Annabel Simms, author of the now-classic “An Hour from Paris”, written in the days when people had more time, is a great resource for locals who need a good excuse to escape Paris for the day, or for visitors looking to expand beyond the regular tourist haunts of the capital. As I write this on a particularly gray and chilly autumn day, I want to say that this would be a great book for the warmer days of spring, or to escape the suffo...
Tags: Travel, Adventures, Paris, Train Travel, Brittany, Guide Book, New Yorkers, Loire Valley, Paris Suburbs, Chantilly, Annabel, Recommended Reading, Outside Paris, Adventure Guide, Visit France, daytrips from Paris


Recommended Reading: A Half Hour from Paris

“Half an Hour From Paris: 10 Secret Daytrips by Train” by Annabel Simms, author of the now-classic, written in the days when people had more time, “An Hour from Paris” is a great resource for locals who need a good excuse to escape Paris for the day, or for visitors looking to expand beyond the regular tourist haunts of the capital. As I write this on a particularly gray and chilly autumn day, I want to say that this would be a great book for the warmer days of spring, or to escape the suffo...
Tags: Travel, Adventures, Paris, Train Travel, Brittany, Guide Book, New Yorkers, Loire Valley, Paris Suburbs, Chantilly, Annabel, Recommended Reading, Outside Paris, Adventure Guide, Visit France, daytrips from Paris


A Wine Expert Shares The Best, Most Surprising Things To Sip This Fall

We swap our wardrobes according to seasons and the same goes with our wine: whites in spring, rosés in summer, and reds all fall through winter. Just as we don't wear shorts in snow, we also don't sip rosés with a Thanksgiving feast — right? Well, not exactly. Fall and winter's wine lineup can actually cover a spectrum of reds, whites, and even pinks. In other words: summer may be ending, but rosé season isn't over yet.We consulted certified wine educator and founder of Wine Savvy NYC, Sayle Mi...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Usa, France, Oregon, South Africa, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Lodi, Starbucks, Bordeaux, Primitivo, Willamette Valley, Southern France, Pinot Noir


La Gaucherie aux Dames Guesthouse in France’s Loire Valley

A French-American couple on turning ruins into a quaint bed and breakfast You know the Loire Valley. You’ve heard of it in reference to wines. But as it’s not the home of Bordeaux, Burgundy or Champagne, you might not be aware of the fact that the region on either side of the Loire River—Pays de la Loire—is one of exquisite agricultural beauty worth experiencing. From …
Tags: Travel, Design, France, Hotels, Loire River, Loire Valley, Loire, Bordeaux Burgundy, Guest Houses


Chateau de Beauvois and Le Prieuré in the Loire

Early in July, I was invited to visit two new chateau hotels in the Loire Valley. I have only made a few day trips to the Loire, so this was a nice opportunity to spend a few days in the region. American real estate entrepreneur Zaya S. Younan always dreamt of owning a chateau and with his newfound wealth living in the U.S. he fulfilled his dreams quadruple, purchasing four chateaus in the Poitou- Charentes and Loire valley. La Grande Maison Younan Collection consists of four redeveloped h...
Tags: Travel, Hotels, Paris, Napoleon, Vincent, Poitou Charentes, Montparnasse, Cointreau, Louis XIV, Loire Valley, Loire, Richard Nahem, Saumur, Montmartre St Germain, Beauvois, Le Prieuré


7 adorable French villages to visit

Everyone should see Paris at least once in his or her life, but as French tourism goes, it’s only the beginning. One of the cardinal sins of travel is limiting your itinerary to capital cities alone, and there’s no better place to venture out into the countryside than France, home to villages so quaint they look like they were ripped straight out of a fairytale. From medieval towns to artisan communities, these adorable French villages will have you itching to travel to France — without feeli...
Tags: Travel, France, Unesco, Santiago, Paris, Travel Tips, Cannes, Brittany, Saint Tropez, Loire Valley, Compostela, Craft House, Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, Fontenay, French villages, Saint Cirq Lapopie


A Walk on The Fortified Ramparts of The Château Des Ducs De Bretagne

One of the best “playgrounds” in Nantes is free—it’s the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, the former Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. By French castle standards, it’s fairly big and it was restored a few years ago so it’s not falling apart. There are hundreds of castles in France, especially in the Loire Valley, and there are also hundreds of stories of bankrupt French aristocrats forced to leave their ancestral homes because guess what, it takes more than a quick trip to IKEA to renovate a castle....
Tags: Travel, France, Ikea, Nantes, Mark, Dukes, Loire Valley, Snapshots of France, Château des Ducs de Bretagne, French Summer 2018, Château des Ducs de Bretagne Castle, Brittany Nantes


How Learning French Made Me Feel Like a Kid Again (or, 66-years young)

If you’re reading this, then I take it that you’re considering learning French. First off, congratulations, you’re in good company. Not only is French aversatilelanguage, it’s also consideredrelativelyeasyfornative Englishspeakerstolearn.Plus, it’s the language of romance, so even old married dudes like me can keep the spark of love alive. But you don’t want to hear about that… If you’re on the fence about whether or not to start learning French, you want facts. Is learning French challenging, ...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, France, United Nations, Carol, Loire Valley, Jonty, Optilingo, Jonty Yamisha


Rooftop Views of Paris and the Loire

In the last month, I have had three terrific opportunities to photograph the roofs and rooftops of Paris and the Loire Valley. At the beginning of July, I took a trip to the Loire Valley and toured some chateaus. I climbed up to the tower of the 15th century Chateau de Langeais and set my camera on the ancient rooftops of the town. The slanted slate roofs accented with brick chimneys and dots of treetops made for a rich, architectural mosaic. At Chateau Villandry, I captured the vi...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Loire Valley, Loire, Haussmann, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Hotel Lutetia, Chateau Villandry, Villandry Chateau de Langeais Villandry Chateau