Category Archives: Travel

Letter from Benelux

Fenster writes: As I wrote here, I am in Ghent for a week, with a stop first in Amsterdam and with a side trip across the border to Germany. Nothing against the homeland but when I travel I prefer the … Continue reading

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Scott’s Crosstown Pizza Walking Tour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Paleo Retiree should probably avert his eyes from this post. See, he had the inspired idea of going on a pizza walking tour and made the reservations for us, then — tragically! — the day before the glorious … Continue reading

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Spicy Chicken, Ugly Buildings, and Freddie Mercury

Eddie Pensier writes: A recent business trip to Sydney brought some fantastic culinary experiences and some regrettable architectural ones. I made a pilgrimage to the Central Park shopping centre in Chippendale to visit (among other things) Daiso, that marvelously kooky … Continue reading

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Architecture du Jour: Wilderstein

Paleo Retiree writes: My wife and I recently visited Wilderstein, a magnificent 19th century mansion on the Hudson River, not far from the lovely small town of Rhinebeck. Wilderstein is sometimes said to be the Hudson River Valley’s best Victorian house. … Continue reading

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9/11 Memorial Visit: Calatrava’s Transportation Hub & the Memorial Pools

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In part one of our 9/11 Memorial Visit, Paleo Retiree did an excellent job analyzing the disaster that is the park. In my tour I’d like to focus on the two main set pieces of the area: Santiago … Continue reading

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(Mostly) Clothed Ladies Of The Week: The Getty Museum

Eddie Pensier writes: Earlier this year I accompanied Blowhard Esq, brother of Blowhard (hereafter referred to as BOB) and occasional commenter Tex for a visit to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Despite being the sort of modernist architecture we normally … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour: Travel Narrows the Mind

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I have never managed to lose my old conviction that travel narrows the mind. At least a man must make a double effort of moral humility and imaginative energy to prevent it from narrowing his mind. Indeed there … Continue reading

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