The Grand Rising Ceremony

The Grand Rising Ceremony

This morning, I went to Versailles. It was impressive, to be sure. Louis XIV built a hunting lodge on the spot in 1624/25 because of abundant game in the area. Like any man, he really wanted the ultimate man cave. And, if you have unlimited resources, this is what you...
Slow Down to Speed Up

Slow Down to Speed Up

Unless they’re getting exercise – maybe on rollerblades – it seems like no one in Paris is in any real hurry. Even the police max out at about 25-30 mph. Perhaps it’s because everything around them has been around for such a long time. They...
Strolling in Paris

Strolling in Paris

I don’t know if you’re aware. But, here in France, they speak French. Before coming, I highly recommend doing one or more of the following (1) already know French, (2) learn it quickly, or (3) find a French-speaking friend to join you. I did none of these....
What to Pack

What to Pack

I’m getting ready to leave Greensboro. The regular announcement about only permitting one carryon and a smaller bag takes on new meaning because — in one of my proudest moments — I’ve got only two bags for this five week RTW adventure. Talk...