Moulin de Raslay

Getting here from Paris was about as easy as anything could be. When I get to Gare Montparnasse, a mere five minutes walk from my apartment, I have to meander around a congregate of unresponsive travelers who stand evenly spaced--more or less-- facing the same direction. I make my way to the departure board to …

Versailles

  Imagine: It is Paris. The stakes are high. This is your last chance to make contact with the one person who can lead you to the fabled Cour d’Honneur. He is moments from abandoning the meeting place, but your map and instructions are missing vital details. Not only that, it is riddled with misdirection. …

Traveling

I guess I need not tell you what claustrophobia is. Everyone knows that fear of being locked up in closed off spaces or they know of someone who has that fear.  Most people who know me are aware of my claustrophobia. It is not just closed off spaces but tight crowds and sometimes even traffic …

New Orleans

Is there any place so mysterious or provocative as New Orleans?  A place where les bon temps roll right alongside the menace of dark spirits both dead and alive. A place so steeped in history and so culturally faceted that when I feel inclined to wander, I find myself headed east towards it. No wonder …

Paris

The opening scene of The First Daughter takes place in Paris in a fictional hotel called the Colombe d'Or. However, other locations mentioned are not made up. I found some spots in Paris that were too provocative not to write about. For example, near the market at Rue Cler is a small side street called Rue Amelie, where you can …