The Big Picture…

IMG_1514What you learn from travel..

No one cares that the Pats are 8-0 and that TB12 is the cutest quarterback ever…

Sixty degrees to a Bostonian means shorts and t shirts. In Paris and Barcelona, the natives are in scarves..

Puffy jackets are big, literally and in the fashion fad sense..

If you don’t have a puffy coat/jacket, then wear black leather. Same dif…

There is no bad wine, or beer or food for that matter in Europe…

The roar of motor scooters in Paris and Barcelona is constant and serious personal harm is a split second away…

No one wears a beret in Paris, but everyone carries a baguette…

Cheese should not be eaten cold…

Champagne should not be drunk warm…

Shopping for fresh food every day is good for you.(  I wish I had a neighborhood to shop in that was not named Stop & Shop, Price Chopper or Market Basket…)

So is walking…everywhere. And it’s not a race…

Everyone in Europe still smokes, they just can’t smoke inside anymore, so cigarette smoke is ever present on the sidewalks…

Making an effort to speak the language and greet shopkeepers and wait staff will directly result in much better service…

Go down the side street to see what’s there..

According to tour guides, Americans are never late. They are anywhere from 15 minutes early to bang on time, but not late…

Pack less clothes and do more laundry…

Take time with meals even if you are not on vacation…

Take time with your traveling companions to enjoy every moment…have an extra glass of wine in a cafe…watch the world go by…

Be French when ” your city” is attacked…and be American in your right to stand up for democracy everywhere.

Je suis Paris…


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