Oct 31, 2011

Puerto Rico Bound

I’m flying to San Juan, Puerto Rico today for a short three-day trip. A cheap flight, the need to reach elite status on the Oneworld alliance and the destination of course prompted me to go.

Pictured above are sugar candy skulls photographed during Day of the Dead in Mexico. I always seem to fly on Halloween, leaving in the wee hours of the morning forgetting what day it is and wondering why I see out of the corner of my eye a random zombie or superhero wandering the airport.

In my absence I leave you with links to posts of Halloween’s past featuring Day of Dead celebrations in Mexico.

Cemetery Vigils
Day of the Dead Oaxaca
Day of the Dead Altar Mexico City


Oct 28, 2011

Shopping Like a Chef on the Cote D’Azur

France is the epicenter of Western cuisine and if you want to shop like a chef on the Cote D’Azur take a break from the region’s glitz and visit its local markets. The culinary artisans to whom food is a labor of love sell produce, meats, cheeses and regional specialties.

Most travelers to the region spend time in Nice. In the heart of the Old Town is Cours Saleya, pictured above. Past the flower market are stalls manned by local farmers selling herbs, spices and produce from Provence every day except Monday.

Best known for its glitz, glamour and film festival Cannes’ market is Marche Forville, located on the doorstep of La Suquet, the city’s old town.

West of Cannes you’ll find Antibes’s market, Cours Massena, in the old part of the city.

To truly shop like a chef it best to get to these markets in the early morning hours. Most open at 6 a.m. and by noon are closing down for the day. Taking a morning stroll through one of the region’s markets makes an excellent way to start a day of exploring.

Oct 9, 2011

France Bound

I’m flying to France via London later today, where I’ll be spending the next 9 days on the Cote d'Azur.

It’s been about 10 years since I’ve traveled to France, somewhere I used to travel often when I lived in London (as well as before and after) while I was editing Europe-focused publications from New York.

Most of my travel to the French Riviera was on business and I’m looking forward to taking time on my own dime to explore more thoroughly the stunning towns along the coast and inland with camera in hand of course.

Naturally I’ll have plenty to report when I return.

What places have you not visited for a long time that you miss?