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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