Travel is an optimistic form of living because you assume if you’re traveling that good things are going to happen to you. No one thinks, “I’m going to go to a place and terrible things are going to happen.” Travel is sort of optimism in action and you think there’s something good down the road. […]

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solo traveler book recommendation: Into the Wild

When trying to come up with a solo traveler book recommendation, a number of excellent works immediately spring to mind. Jon Krakauer’s 1997 non-fiction work Into the Wild tops the list, though, because of its ability to simultaneously inspire and haunt readers. I consider it a must-read for all of those who wander in search of something […]

Information for New York City

The following tourist information for New York City should prove useful as you explore America’s largest and most iconic city. If there is any additional information you think we should add, let us know via the COMMENT form at the bottom of the page. Weather Click for weather forecast Emergency Services Dial 911 if you […]

Nice Airport Information

As someone who lived in Nice and frequently traveled into and out of the airport, I thought it would be helpful to provide Nice airport information that is current, accurate, and useful for arriving visitors. The details that appear below are correct as of June 30, 2019. Overview This blog post covers the following: Bureaucratic […]

wifi cafes in nice

If you’re looking for wifi cafes in Nice, you’ll have a lot of options to choose from. This is a technologically advanced country with reliable, fast internet available almost everywhere. It’s also a country where the act of grabbing a cup of coffee is practically an art form. So it’s not just a matter of […]

Rue Obscure, Villefranche-sur-mer, France

Rue Obscure, Villefranche-sur-mer. This 425-foot (130 meter) passageway runs parallel to the shore in Villefranche, about 5 miles from downtown Nice, France. Dating from 1260, it was originally an open-air section of the original defensive ramparts of the town. Over the centuries, the town grew up around and above it, transforming it into a covered […]

Boating on the Estanque Grande (Great Pond), Retiro Park, Madrid

Boaters enjoying a warm summer afternoon on the Estanque Grande (Great Pond) in Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain. Dating from 1636, the pond covers an area of 9 acres (37,000 sq meters). It was originally a reliable source of water for the royal palace and gardens that stood nearby. When the City of Madrid took ownership […]

Patrick Blanc's vertical garden at CaixaForum Square, Madrid

Vertical garden at CaixaForum square, Paseo del Prado, Madrid. Created by Patrick Blanc, this 78-foot (24-meter) tall living wall contains 250 species of plants that survive on sunlight and water and no soil. Since its creation, the wall has changed dramatically. The original simple latticework interspersed with struggle seedlings is now a lush, green landscape […]

Church of Santa María de los Remedios, Estepona, Andalucia, Spain

Iglesia Santa María de los Remedios (Church of Saint Mary of the Remedies), Estepona, Spain. This beautiful old Catholic church dates back to 1772 and sits on the crest of one of the highest hills in town. Los Remedios replaced an even earlier church, built in 1473. Due to the striking pattern on its steeple, […]

US Army tank taking part in the annual memorial service honoring the August 28, 1944 uprising in Nice against the Nazis.

U.S. Army tank parked in front of the Monument aux Morts (Monument to the Dead) in Nice. The tank was part of the 74th anniversary ceremony honoring the bravery and sacrifices of the French Resistance. On August 28, 1944, they rose up against the Nazis who were occupying Nice. By the end of the day, the […]