I’m the writer, and even though I went through college as an English major, I’ve forgotten a lot of the grammatical niceties I learned way back then in favor of my own journalistic style which I must warn you is often over-long, and filled with commas, dashes and parentheticals. I hope you find it “conversational” rather than hard to follow. I must also admit to overuse of certain adjectives like “lovely” and especially “charming,” the latter being the greatest compliment I can bestow on a place since my primary reason for travel, besides to dine well, is to seek out charm in all its shapes and guises.
What’s His Name (the husband, Val) is pretty much the photographer though I take a fair amount of the plated food pictures and the markets. Where you notice that some pictures are better than others, you can pretty much assume the good ones are Val’s. I hope to convince him to share some tips for taking photos of the places we’ve been. He knows exactly when the sun is in the right position for the best shots of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and other oft-photoed sights—and where you should stand to take them.
Our son Alex is the techy who helped me set up the blog and who patiently takes my questions and fixes problems for me. He’s also the one who pushes us to consider traveling to new places like Rio and Tokyo instead of always returning to Paris and who got us hooked on winter ski vacations. I hope to convince him, his sister, Liz, my resident critic and marketer, and her husband, Chris, a fine foodie, to join in periodically with their opinions and perspectives when they accompany us on any of our trips and to provide some tips for traveling with children.
I expect initial posts will be drawn from the vast store of logs and albums we’ve accumulated over the years but once we get going, I hope to be able to post some of our adventures in real time. Finally, my hope is that you will jump in, ask questions, provide info from your own travel and dining experiences and join the fun.