Entries tagged with 'travel'

Emptying the queue: bladesmiths and fugue states

A bunch of links I've been meaning to post for too long: FX Cuisine documents the well-funded culinary adventures of a French-speaking Swiss man. While I envy his photographic setup and his travel budget, I have to give him credit...

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The first half of this article about Corsica in the Times, and the photos showing its ridiculous natural beauty, had me pretty tempted to go there. The second half, about the nightclubs, DJs and billionaires who hang out there? Not...

Paris La Troisième

Maya and I spent a week in Paris in March. It was my third time there and Maya's first. My first time, in junior year of college, was spent mostly shuttling between museums and churches in the cold of...

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Nice headline from Bloomberg: Airlines May Start Treating Passengers `Like Freight'. They're having to get very creative in dealing with fuel costs, and many ideas are mentioned in the article, although no one actually admits to considering charging passengers by...

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Just in time for me to have just gotten back from a trip to Europe, the open-skies agreement is about to make getting there easier and cheaper. The article focuses on likely new direct flights to London from places other...

A caution for fare watchers

When I plan a trip these days, I like to watch the plane fares for a good while before buying, since the fluctuations in price can be so big and unpredictable. In the past I would just refresh a search...

Notes From Spain: Miscellany

The streets of Barcelona's Eixample (expansion) district were laid out according to a master plan by Ildefons Cerda. Their most striking feature is the chamfered octagonal blocks, creating square spaces at intersections, as seen above. These are intended to...

Notes From Spain: A Meal at Cinc Sentits

Cinc Sentits is one of the best-regarded restaurants in Barcelona. It has the atmosphere of a temple of gastronomy: hushed, with few tables. At one point a cook walked out the front door and took delivery of something in a...

Notes From Spain: A Meal at Comerc24

Comerç24 is a restaurant in the modern Spanish trend of experimentation and presentation, but the menu is mercifully light on foams and airs. These descriptions of the dishes are from my notes; I won't be able to write very detailed...

Notes From Spain: Restaurants

Without further ado, remarks on some of the places we dined in Spain. Barcelona Neyras Via Laietana, 41 We wandered into this place on our first night in town. It turned out to be a perfectly serviceable tapas restaurant,...

Notes From Spain: Food

Food was a major focus of my preparation for our trip to Spain. As usual I got a lot of my information from eGullet. I visited the sites of individual restaurants and consulted this Spanish Food Dictionary when necessary....

Notes From Spain

It's well past time to write about our trip to Spain in August. We flew to Barcelona and stayed there for six days, then took the train to Valencia for five days, then took the train back to Barcelona for...

Google Maps for all, please

Two sites that could really benefit from massive Google Maps mashups are TripAdvisor and MenuPages. Menupages is a pretty great site for finding a restaurant. You can tell a lot from the restaurant's menu (no more having to deal with...

Can 'very' mean 'not'?

Before all the recent airport troubles, I took a trip to Maine using JetBlue's new JFK -> Portland route. For the second time I accidentally brought a leatherman multitool with a knife in it in my carry-on bag and it...

Tokyo Overload, Pt. 3

Sleeping on the street was strange, but probably not as strange as it could have been. A policeman walked by, but appeared not to notice me. There was someone who jogged back and forth a few times, making a quick...

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