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The “Itchy & Scratchy Show” And the Hotel From Hell

Family Portrait

I’ve seen bed bugs before, mostly in dirty hostels in Australia—I remember being eaten alive a couple of times in Melbourne. But I kind of expected it. I mean, hostels are… well, hostels. When the twelve guys in your sixteen-bed dorms haven’t showered or done laundry in days and when they store food on their beds… you know it’s a bed bug hostel. But I certainly wasn’t expecting a place like a Travellodge Hotel (not fancy but decent) to have bed bugs. Read More »

The Price of Fame

Graffiti at Chapters, Ottawa, August 2013

This blog is a great way to meet people, to fuel my passion for writing and photography, to show what I do to prospective clients, to network, etc. And it’s always rewarding to see the readership grow. But it has downsides as well. Earlier this month, I received an email from Site5, my hosting company, claiming that my resource usage was too high to stay on a shared server plan. Read More »

The Not-So-Great Topbox

TopBox Package

A good year after the trend picked (apparently I am not an early adopter!) I decided to try one of the many “subscription box” services. Why not? I love receiving mail and if the envelope can contain samples rather than another letter from my bank pressing me to apply for a credit card, I’m all for it. Read More »

A River Runs Through It: Why the Seine is the Beating Heart of Paris

The Seine, Paris, 2008

What makes a city some­thing spe­cial is open to indi­vid­ual tastes. But, for me at least, an excep­tional city is one which has a clear focal point – some­where you can always find your way to and from if you get lost. Now this could be a man-made mon­u­ment like a cen­tral square or per­haps a hill with a sweep­ing panorama. But, of course, there could be sev­eral of either of these within one city. What I like to find is a wide thor­ough­fare going straight through the mid­dle – one that links the dif­fer­ent dis­tricts, and their ways of life, one ... Read More »

The Gems of New England: Three Postcard-Worthy Vermont Inns

Lud­low, Ver­mont, is a New Eng­land trea­sure. Packed with idyl­lic cov­ered bridges, hid­den water­falls and moun­tain­ous ter­rain, this small town and its sur­round­ing regions offer a per­fect lit­tle peek at the state’s scenic won­ders. Look­ing for the best place to hang your hat while you enjoy the coun­try­side? We’ve got a few ideas. Okemo Moun­tain Resort The Details: Golf retreats, ski adven­tures, leaf-peeping tours: If you can imag­ine it, you can do it at Okemo. This expan­sive loca­tion offers slope-side lodg­ing, two cham­pi­onship golf courses and a vari­ety of spa and fit­ness ser­vices. The win­ter ameni­ties are espe­cially thrilling — ski­ing, ... Read More »