Travel Diaries Archive

Europe: Paris, Day 6

On my final day in Paris, I headed to Montmartre, home of many famous artists such as Dali, Monet, and Picasso, as well as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. I’m not sure if it was because it was off-season or if I just wandered through the wrong areas, but I was pretty unimpressed with the neighborhood. Sure, […]

Europe: Paris, Day 5

Progress! Although I didn’t get out and about until around 11, I at least set an alarm for 9. My first stop was the 5e arrondissement – Panthéon, home of the decaying corpses of such French greats as Voltaire, Hugo, Rousseau, Dumas, Braille and the Curies. The sign in Braille under Braille’s name was a […]

Europe: Paris, Day 4

Despite not getting up until around noon, my first full day in Paris ended up being my most ambitious of the trip so far. I ended up walking some 13 miles around the city, starting from Place Monge . I started by heading to the Jardin des Plantes, which was half a block away. Since it […]

Europe: London to Paris, Day 3

It was supposed to be easy. I left myself plenty of time to walk to Limehouse station, get on the DLR, switch to the Northern Line at Bank, and take it to St. Pancras International to meet my train to Paris. In practice, it was much less so. I walked to the station and scanned […]

Europe: London, Day 2

London, Day 2 After a surprisingly jet-lag-free sleep thanks to Brewdog, I was up at a reasonable hour. I decided to follow the Thames from Limehouse to the city. Theoretically, one can follow the London Thames Walk, but between closed gates and a wandering path, it’s better to just follow the road closest to the shore […]

Europe: London, Day 1

Following my shuttle adventure, my flights to Manchester were pretty uneventful. Nobody tried to sing to me, and nobody tried to kill me. I used miles to fly on U.S. Airways in first class and Envoy the whole way. Between it being off-season and having the US Airways credit card, the ticket was only 55,000 […]

Europe 2013: And so the trip began

6:21 am, day one. The airport shuttle was already waiting for me when I got to the front door. I apologized for being late and said the drivers normally call when they are a couple of minutes away. The driver said, “Oh, you’re right on time!” He was already far too excited for that time […]

The Creators Project 2012 visits San Francisco

This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend The Creators Project, a conglomeration of art, music, design and technology presentations sponsored by Intel and Vice. Similar to sort of a mini, two-day SXSW, The Creators Project has been in existence for 3 years, but 2012 saw its first visit to San Francisco. Tickets were available […]