The Long Day Closes

  Tuesday, August 17, 2011: Cannon Beach to Manzanita, Nehalem, Rockaway Beach, Tillamook, Hebo, Neskowin, Lincoln City, Depoe, Otter Rock, Newport, Seal Rock, Waldport, Yachats, Florence, Gardiner, Reedsport, Winchester Bay, Lakeside, North Bend, Coos Bay, Bandon, Langlois, Sixes, Port Orford, Gold Beach.  Also, Smith Lake, North Bay Rd, Glenn Ave, Lois Lane and, my favourite, Read More

Dog Day Afternoon

  Monday, August 15, 2011: On an endless, trans-continental, ultimately fruitless quest, for the ideal Americano, SS served me a delicious freshly roasted cup from the roaster across the street; I sat up in bed and said thanks but half an hour more sleep would also have worked instead.  So, again, early start.  Off to Read More

And Now for Something Completely Different

  Sunday, August 14, 2011 No reason for an early start but we had an early start nonetheless.  Tempurpedic bed.  I’m of mixed opinions—but if you sleep on it like the body in the logo it is perhaps wonderful.  SS got coffees and we read (“read”) the Oregonian.  Still printing Tiger in the colour comics; Read More

Goin’ Down the Road

August 13, 2011 Dog trip.  Sooner or later it had to happen, no swooning like Harlow in Monte Carlo.  Very early start and zipped through the border, brief stops in Bellingham (Starbucks) and Seattle (Pete’s—91 point Piper Heidseck Brut NV at $31—less than half the price in Canada.  Less than half the price! Don’t get Read More

Here Hare Here is on Hiatus

On hiatus; thanks for the traffic. Speaking of which, here’s a post-mortem for the die hards… Up early, out to Charles de Gaulle.  Light rain and dark.  The trek to CDG never ceases to amaze me, traffic at all time of the day/night/week, the route a confusing, cryptic maze of on and off ramps, merging, Read More

Leaving on a jet plane

The entrance to the Musee D’Orsay, a “retired” train station Today a sunny start then clouding over but mild, about ten degrees warmer at this end of the week than when we arrived.  A relaxed morning down to the Musee D’Orsay.  I’ve never been (it’s all impressionism and post-impressionism not my strong suit, which wouldn’t Read More

Spring, Chef Daniel Rose’s Restaurant Spring

1979-2010, politically incorrect but much loved Gee our old LaSalle ran great: First, a moment of silence for the passing of the Walkman.  Sony has announced the Walkman will go the way of the Edsel.  I owned the very first model, sleek aluminum and bright orange ear muffs with a mute button that hung on Read More

Baby Number One

SS said it was a housewares shop.  Wrong.  Chocolatier.   …and nougat and caramel   Women’s shoe shop (apparently)   Oh oh ladies, look out: Stockings are back   Bear made of bears in a bag shop window   70 Euro ($100 CAD) pair of galoshes   Very expensive “magazine” wallpaper   Very, very expensive Read More

Spoiler alert: Tosca dies at the end

Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes here At eight it was bright and sunny and October cool.  I got SS a hot croissant (he favours one boulangerie over the other as we have two on our doorstep to choose from), an IHT (which reported that the Chilean miners were at one point visited by some Read More

Time flies by when you’re the driver of a train

The TGV train station at Avignon; very cool Blue sky, sun shining, and the famous Provence wind, the mistral, pounding.  You could feel it in the car and when we dropped it off at the TGV it was almost impossible to get inside.  Our hair looked like the Bride of Frankenstein, the heavy steel doors Read More

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