Travel Tips

1. Leave your ego at home, along with your judgment. Every country has different ways of doing things. Even within the U.S., going from one state to another, you will find things a little different. This is why we travel, isn’t it? 2. It is a good idea to have some copies made of your passport to put in each piece of your luggage, including your purse, or wallet, or fanny pack. I have even seen travelers make a special pouch to...

Read More

Rambles Around the State

Of course the first place one heads is up the coast. One day Micheal and I drove way up to the Rockland/Rockport/Camden area. All three towns have plenty of charm and lots of photo opportunities, but in July all three are also human zoos. Traffic, horrible. The small, picturesque harbors at Rockport and Camden, jammed with boats; shops and restaurants, jammed with people. The back streets of Camden look like something out of a 1930s...

Read More

A Picturesque City with Castles and Monsters

The most famous feature of the chateau in Blois is the very graceful, elaborately carved exterior spiral staircase that can be seen from the central courtyard. This was commissioned by Francois I, who apparently had a real thing about elaborate spiral staircases, since he had several built at nearby Chambord. After taking a couple of pictures, I visited what I excitedly – and mistakenly – took to be the oldest part of the castle, the...

Read More

Getting to Mont Saint-Michel the Hard Way

It was now time for our little side trip to Mt. St-Michel by way of Chartres and Pontorson. Thursday morning we take a good deal of Fae’s luggage and store it in a locker at Montparnasse station. Fae does not believe in traveling light; in fact, every time we had to transport all of our luggage from one place to another I was fretting that she was going to hurt herself, loaded down as she was. I told her she looked like some...

Read More