Public Transport

…We know, straight, this is not ordinary taxi. He has some loud music on the stereo, like, gangster rap, and he wear very special clothes, some american cap, gold chains, some things like this… ‘Where will you like to go?’ he asks us. We tell him the place. ‘OK’ he say. Get in… I met…

Turning Forty

…As we ease ourselves into Paris, we are somehow infused with the romantic atmosphere.  It’s really true, that sexy reputation Paris has.  There is an atmosphere of repressed passion, especially after dark, when couples stroll together in leather jackets, embracing tightly and kissing long and deep… Flash back: July 2013. My wife and I are…

France: budget report

The numbers are in.  Daily expenditure touring France, including Paris, Strasbourg, Mont-St-Michel, and Normandy… US$10.85 / day Man!  I got to stop living the high life and reign in my expenses ! “How can I travel France for eleven bucks a day?” I hear you ask.  Well, click the link, and I’ll tell you! Many, many…

Pope-Ville – Avignon, France

The city of Avignon was home to the Pope for a period in the middle ages.  The Papal Palace is built on an island between two large rivers. Tip for trampers:   there are excellent opportunities for camping discreetly on the small island west of the old city, only a few minutes walk from the…

The Roof of Europe – Monte Bianco, Italy

…Italian people consider hitching old fashioned, associate it with the hippy era and rarely give rides.  Italians do not hitchhike themselves and consider hitchhikers to be dangerous… The further south we go in France the slower we move.  The cars get more expensive and the rides sparser. A guy stops for us and he is…