Flotsam & Jetsam

Words & Images for Creative Sailors

Michelin Boat

Lost without Michelin:

Up a French Tollroad without a GPS

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

North-South Autoroutes from Paris, France

North-South Autoroutes from Paris, France via Wikimedia Commons

As the French might say, we we were dans les choux (in the cabbages), i.e., in a fix, loston the (expensive) tollroad somewhere…

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legonzo:

Ray Bradbury in his office, 1986.

legonzo:

Ray Bradbury in his office, 1986.

Heaven’s Wake

Missed last night’s supermoon? Here are some tips on viewing the Milky Way at Dark Sky Parks and places around the world.

Encore Boat

Encore Nights:

Discovering French-American Rhythms in Paris and Dakar

Life is a lot like jazz–it’s best when you improvise.”

― George Gershwin

Speedwalking through the Bastille, Paris, France

Speedwalking through the Bastille, Paris, France

“You realize we just violated the rule of two,” I said to my husband as we walked for the second time in four days through narrow, crowded streets from the Bastille Metro stop in Paris to L’atelier Charonne …

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Boatful of Fashion

Fashion Statements:

Tradition, T-Shirts and Cultural Confusion in Dakar

If the eyes do not admire, the heart will not desire.”

- Senegalese Proverb

Mother and Child, Dakar, Senegal, by Vincenzo Fotoguru Iaconianni

Mother and Child in Dakar, Senegal by Vincenzo Fotoguru Iaconianni

Packing for our five-day foray into the mainly Muslim, West African nation of Senegal, I got some confusing advice from our daughter studying abroad in Dakar.

“It’s okay to show some…

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Boatful of Relatives

Relatives On Board:

How Family Shapes Tastes in Food and Travel 

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” ― Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

Table for One, Fishy Fishy Cafe Cafe, Kinsale, Ireland

Table for One: mussels, brown bread and a book at Fishy Fishy Cafe in Kinsale, Ireland

Childhood experiences influence many adults’ taste in travel and food. As a veteran of annual cross-country drivesof five straight 500…

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Anne’s Boat

Anne’s Boat

Imagining the Secret Annex:

What Anne Frank Means to Me

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

~ Anne Frank, born June 12, 1929, Frankfurt, Germany – died March 1945, Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Germany

Reconstructed Bookcase at Anne Frank House and Museum, Amsterdam

Reconstructed Bookcase at Anne Frank House and Museum, Amsterdam

It’s never been difficult for me to imagine Anne Frank and her family hidden…

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Tribute Beach

D-Day Tribute:

A Visit to the American Cemetery at Normandy

The battle belonged that morning to the thin wet line of khaki that dragged itself ashore on the channel coast of France.”

~ General Omar N. Bradley, U.S. First Army Commander

Bayeux Decorates for D-Day

The city of Bayeux, France, prepares to welcome veterans, families and dignitaries from around the world for D-Day.

The 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2014,…

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