Parc de Buttes Chaumont

Paris has many beautiful parks and gardens. A couple of years ago, we took a week in May to visit Paris and London.  No trip would be complete without outdoor time — which often includes a park, arboretum or garden.  On this trip, we took a Metro ride to the 19th arondissement, to the Parc […]


  Okay, just in case you think this is all about putting a bunch of stuff in the ground and seeing what happens, it’s not.  It’s not about digging in the dirt, buying a carload of annuals from the garden center (inspired by those ads that promise “lots of color!”), or adding everything you see […]

San Francisco

I’m traveling on business to San Francisco this week, quite fortuitously avoiding the East Coast blizzard of 2015. It’s been several years since I’d last been here, so I took a walk to clear my head and get a little bit of fresh air.  It’s struck me how a city can look so different each […]