Today was an incredibly full day. Not only did we get in line before opening time at the Musee D’Orsay, but we also splurged on a once-in-a-lifetime 3-star meal, and went to two other museums. As I mentioned in my last post, my wife and I are in France on a vacation, which has nothing to do with my trip around the world last summer, but I thought I’d update the blog with my new travels. Here are the photos (don’t forget to click on the images to enlarge):
Greetings from Paris! Although this trip has nothing to do with my journey last summer along the Silk Road, my wife, Elizabeth, and I are traveling in France for a couple of weeks, and I thought I would throw in some sporadic posts, and update this blog with some of our adventures. We’re here on vacation, spending ten days in Paris, and five days in Provence. Although the weather hasn’t been great, we haven’t gotten soaked by heavy rain yet! Here are some highlights from our first few days (Once again, click on the photos to make them larger):
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for my blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
This update is coming almost two weeks late, but as loyal readers will have already guessed (or seen), I made it back home to the states after a long, eventful journey around the world. During my first full day back, I was still in the mode of documenting everything, so I’ve got a few photos below from my return.
It’s been pretty difficult to get back into my routine, but it’s great to be home. By the last week of the trip, I felt like my return was not coming quickly enough, as was made evident by my sporadic posts. It was great to finally see my wife again (in person, as opposed to over Skype) after two long months, and after all that time on the move, it was nice to get a couple of days of rest.
Over the next several months, I’ll be trying to put together a book, and I’ll try to post details as they become more clear. A friend of mine is also starting a magazine, called Works Sited, for which I’ll be putting together a brief series of essays about my travels (something more coherent and less off-the-cuff than what I’ve written here), and I’ll also post details as I learn more.
I was able to get a little time to relax when I got back to New England, so here are the photos (as always, click to enlarge):
I know that this post is coming almost two weeks late, but, for those of you who are still checking in from time to time, here it is. The final destination of my journey was Milan, where I just spent an afternoon and night before flying out in the morning. I only had half of an afternoon for site-seeing, and not much time to do anything else. I was, however, able to meet up with an old Milanese friend for a beer in the evening.
I plan on having a couple more posts before I can really say that I’m finished, so keep checking back over the next couple of days.
It was with pain that I heard the news today of violence in Kashgar, and I’m deeply saddened for all of the people affected by it. I met some truly great, friendly, and caring people there, and getting a chance to see the old town was a dream come true. I only hope that the current events do not result in even more restrictions on the already limited freedoms of the Uighur people living there. Fear and impending cultural doom were the great unspoken presences while I was there.
One of the things that I’ve recently learned is that, after taking this trip, the remote corners of the world where terrible events take place no longer seem quite so remote.
Also, when reading or hearing reports of the violence, keep in mind that almost all accounts come filtered through Chinese officialdom, and usually serve government motives.
Here’s another round of post catch-up, and more of my visit to Verona. This chunk included one of the better meals of my life, which most likely edged into my all-time top five (So long, fresh-made tacos in Tijuana. I hope you enjoy being relegated to the top ten.), so check out the pictures below (click to enlarge):