Quick Guide to Buying Tickets for the Paris Metro (Picture Tutorial)

Unlike Tokyo’s vast network of subway lines run by multiple companies, Paris’ metro system is relatively straight forward. Even so, there are a couple pieces that I’d like to share to make things even easier. The majority of tourist sites (The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame…) are covered by purchasing […]

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Seattle Summers

Summer in Seattle begins on July 5th. It always has and always will. We often get a reminder of what the sun looks like and feels like in early May after hiding for six months and then the sun hides itself for another six weeks until its return on July 5th. It is because of this […]

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Our Paris – Part I

Our Paris might be a little different than most people’s versions of the city. That might be a good thing or a bad thing, I don’t know. I would guess that a typical trip to Paris would include several museums, a trip up the Eiffel Tower, lining up to walk through Notre Dame, shopping on […]

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Jardin du Luxembourg – My Home

Twelve years ago on our first visit to Paris I walked into Luxembourg Gardens and knew that this was a very special place.  It was the middle of winter, the trees were bare, the flower beds were empty, the iconic green chairs were sitting in the rain, empty.  Luxembourg Gardens is a bit of crossroads […]

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Weekend Trip to Hong Kong

It’s great to have a place, not too far away, that you can get away from everything.  A place in the same time zone, a place to leave your work, pets, bills, grocery shopping…leave it all behind.  For us this local get away is Hong Kong.  I would have to rank it up there with […]

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