Came across this place on my way back from the (newish) Muji store. A bit expensive for street grub (12 bucks for a tiny briscuit sandwich and potato salad?), but hey, in the middle of one of the world’s most expensive real estate zones: a German biergarten ambience, clean restrooms (a plus!), and escape fromContinue reading “Changing Gears: StrEat Food!”
I was fortunate enough to have a Saturday free in Japan after a work trip. I headed north on the shinkansen to the temple city of Nikko (having duly changed trains at Utsunomiya). Got there just as the leaves were changing. Beautiful!
The Russian River in Sonoma County, California, has entertained everyone from Russian trappers to California ranchers to gay summer refugees from foggy San Francisco. The site of the southernmost Russian settlement in the Americas, Fort Ross, is just to the north, giving the Russian River its name.
Scene from Christmas a year or so back on the Capitoline Hill in Rome. Apparently the name had something to do with people’s heads being chopped off (think capital punishment), such are the vagaries of semantic history. I actually stayed across the river. Easily one of the world’s oldest suburbs, the Trastevere district in RomeContinue reading “The Original Capitol Hill”
One of my favorite islands in the world is on the other side of the continent: Puerto Rico. What’s not to like? Centuries of history and dubious territorial status combine for a trip of a lifetime. I can’t even begin to start describe all the great places to go, so maybe I’ll come back toContinue reading “La Isla Bonita”