2 03, 2013

Paris Puces

By | 2018-03-29T16:55:29+00:00 March 2nd, 2013|Markets, Paris, Shopping|

 Paris' Marchés aux Puces are fairly well known. They're somewhat of an institution and can be an entertaining way to spend an hour (or more) off the beaten tourist path. The largest, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, is located at the very northernmost part of the city. But it can be a bit overwhelming, so my favorite to visit is the Puces de Vanves. It's a great size, lots to see, doesn't take up your entire day and has a nice, neighborhood feel to it. Pick a Saturday or Sunday and make the trek. It was a cold, damp Sunday when I headed to Porte de Vanves. The rain didn't seem to dampen the spirited exchange of [...]

18 06, 2010

Toronto Underground

By | 2010-06-18T08:01:35+00:00 June 18th, 2010|Canada, Shopping, Toronto|

Toronto, Ontario (or TO as the locals call it) is a fantastic, cosmopolitan city. It’s known as a city with unique shopping, diverse ethnic neighborhoods and a theater scene to rival Broadway. What you might not know is that there is almost an entire other city below the surface...enter the PATH. PATH comprises 27 km under the streets of Toronto. Accessible by PATH are retail establishments and food markets, services such as salons and dry cleaners, restaurants both sit-down and fast-food, the subway and train system, hotels and office buildings. It truly is a maze. The underground hallways don’t mimic the sidewalks above ground, and it’s very easy to get turned around. The color of the [...]

16 01, 2010


By | 2010-01-16T17:12:43+00:00 January 16th, 2010|Shopping|

For me, it’s all about the shopping. The knit camel gloves from Mongolia.  The green loafers from Paris.  The leather handbag and chic eyeglass frames from Florence.  The pearl necklace from Beijing.  The argan oil from Morocco.  The black leather jacket from Buenos Aires.  The ceramic house numbers from Sydney.  The table runner from a small village in the Andes mountains.  The cowboy boots from Oklahoma City.  These items and more bring my exotic travels into my everyday life. These are more than just ‘things’ though.  Everyday outside my yurt in Mongolia the local women would congregate with their hand-crafted goods.  We didn’t speak the same language in words, but women selling their wares and women [...]

29 04, 2009

New Orleans April 2009

By | 2009-04-29T15:07:13+00:00 April 29th, 2009|Girlfriend Getaways, Louisiana, New Orleans, Shopping|

New Orleans  April 2009 Ah, a girl's weekend in New Orleans!  I've done a few of these over the years, and I never get tired of it.  New Orleans is a crazy place;  sometimes crazier than others, but always interesting.  I've been there with boyfriends, girlfriends, marathon runners, and had a fantastic time every time. This weekend was girl's only.  5 of us for some food and fun.  Unfortunately, I got a bit left behind and arrived a day late...not mentioning any particular airline's name, but NEVER FLY THROUGH NEWARK!!  I managed to get myself there by noon on Saturday however, and quickly made up for lost time.  After a bonus celebrity sighting, I met Lori [...]

21 04, 2009

LA in December

By | 2009-04-21T00:14:14+00:00 April 21st, 2009|Food and Drink, Girlfriend Getaways, L.A., Markets, Shopping|

It had been a while since I'd been to the Los Angeles area, so my friend Charlyn and I decided to check out the Left Coast for a little shopping and celebrity watching. We arrived Friday noonish for a long weekend.  Great 70 degree weather...a little incongruous while hearing Christmas carols and seeing Christmas trees for sale on the street corners, but better than the 30 degree weather at home.  We rented our car from Hertz (long line, but nice car) and headed to our hotel for the weekend.  The Hollywood Celebrity Hotel is in a great location;  about a block away from Mann's Chinese Theatre and at the base of the Hollywood Hills.  The hotel [...]