European Train Travel Tip

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  People love Eurail  passes for their convenience.  But they are often not the best deal. You can book tickets directly from European railway websites and print tickets before leaving home. Austria (ÖBB): www.oebb.at Czech Republic (CD): www.cd.cz Dutch Railways: www.ns.nl Finland (VR): www.vr.fi France (SNCF) www.voyages-sncf.com Germany (Die Bahn): www.bahn.de Great Britain (all rail operators): www.nationalrail.co.uk Hungary (MAV): www.mav.hu …

A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise

Alex Sheshunoff was having a quarter-century crisis.  Seems computers and the internet aren’t necessarily making life easier as technology had promised and burnout is taking half the time it used to.  Five years after founding his company, E-The People, Alex decided to go in search of an island paradise.  It was time to make that screensaver a reality. He was …

Airplane food tastes different. Why?

This article on the BBC website by Katia Moskvitch explains why airplane food and drink seems different in the air than on the ground. I’m in Las Vegas and quite disappointed in the meals I’ve ordered the last week or so. Now I understand how and why the desert has affected my tastebuds.  The first sign of the extreme dryness …

Have you been to Mother’s Restaurant in New Orleans?

Mother’s Restaurant in the Central Business District is a New Orleans landmark since 1938.  Located at the corner of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas Streets, you will often find a line up around the block. What are these people waiting for? They are going to line up again once inside to order their meal. A server hands you a menu as you …

Running of the Santas in New Orleans

Whoooaaa!  They are multiplying like wire coat hangers in my closet.  Santas.  Santas. Santas.  Hundreds of them outside my hotel in the historic Warehouse District.  And here comes Rudolph and elves too. Today is the ‘Running of the Santas”.   This charity event started in Philadelphia when a group of friends decided to dress up in their Christmas ‘finery’ and go …

Cooking School in New Orleans

Entertaining and educational classes are held daily at the New Orleans School of Cooking located in the heart of the French Quarter. Located in a renovated molasses warehouse, the General Store is there for purchasing Cajun and Creole cookbooks, spices, kitchen supplies, etc. Well known chefs run the classes in either demonstration or hands-on styles.  No one fails this class.  …

Cafe du Monde ~ a must for every visitor to New Orleans

Open 24/7 since 1862, Cafe Du Monde now has eight locations in New Orleans with the most frequented being the original in the French Quarter.  It closes only for Christmas Day and whenever a hurricane is imminent. Menu choices are dark roasted coffee and chicory served black or au lait,  milk, freshly squeezed orange juice and, of course, their signature …