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France Day 11

Moving day II: The 12:23 to Orléans    By the time we realized that splitting our two weeks in France between two different small cities was probably a good idea, we were down to our last three days. Still, Carol’s wish to be done with Marrakesh, coupled with an itch to see something new, pointed us […]

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France Day 1

   Our itinerary had us flying first to Atlanta before boarding a 10:00 pm overnight to Paris. Then a bus into the city from the airport, a taxi to the train station for the little more than one hour high speed train to the city of Tours, our home for the next two weeks. We […]

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The Importance of Vacations

Vacations give a better outlook on life and motivate one to achieve goals. Here are some factors to emphasize the importance of vacations:

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How Not To Mess Up A Road Trip

A road trip is an excellent way to travel, explore and see the world around you. Here are a few tips you should stick to when planning a road trip

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Travel Tips You Do Not Need to Know

While there are some tips regarding travel that can actually help you out, here are some travel tips you DO NOT need to know.

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Travel From Home With Reid Champagne

The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 has caused lock-downs worldwide, making it impossible to travel for holidays. Here’s how you can travel from home with Reid Champagne.

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A New Beginning

Loco-Motion

   The certain someone was sitting across from me at the spindly cafe overlooking a softly gray rolling Pacific Ocean. “So what do you do when you travel alone?” she asked.

   “I wander,” I answered, a trifle timidly, aware she was wandering herself into territory I had only sketchily examined myself.

   “You wander. So what are you looking for?”

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GETTING STARTED

Beginning back at home, this trip unfolded more or less methodically and according to plan and expectations. Claude was packed and ready to go the night before. I even thought I’d noticed a yawn and a languorous stretch from him on the couch, surprised perhaps I was zipping him up with room to spare in his confines, as if he had not overeaten his dinner and there remained appetite for dessert. I figure I can stretch it maybe to ten days at best before I’ll either have to do a laundry or face potential recriminations from my fellow train passengers like, “since when are Gypsies riding in first class?”

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Train Travel Tips: Seattle to Portland

I woke up Friday with a hankering for a train ride. It would also be a good opportunity to shake-down my Christmas plan of taking the bus to Amtrak’s King St. Station, and then buying a ticket to wherever the next departure was headed. I hadn’t ridden Amtrak in more than thirty years, and I knew my comparisons to the sleek French railway system I’d ridden this past September would be both unfavorable and unfair. So I set my outlook on positive, threw a change of clothes into my daypack (“Mini-me”?) and took off into my next unknown.

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The Story of Us

Chemin de Fer

I love train timetables. I also love maps, especially road maps, but I get easily confused. Something to do with spatial orientation. But a well-printed (preferably in a tight, cozy agate font) train timetable is a thing of linear beauty, a minimalist’s rendering of the day ahead with a precision down to the minute hand on your watch.

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