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My children are upset. With a travel alert in effect and episode after episode of terrorist induced violence unfolding in Paris, they feel that my upcoming trip to France is reckless. I get it. I have taught them the motto “safety first”, invited police officers to our home to discuss how to safely navigate public transportation in Chicago. We have an alarm in the apartment to keep the bad guys out. So, why do I...

Yes, there have been multiple terror attacks in France. And strikes. And financial malaise. Which, of course, does not make such an appetizing tourist scenario. And, can almost make you forget the abundant charms of France: the cheese, the wine, the pastry, the way golden light bathes the architecture at sunset, the joie de vivre derived from meandering through Paris, Provence and so many other villages that exude a unique sense of place. Terror is, unfortunately the...

(Tough, but someone’s got to do it!)   You’re headed to Paris, gastronomic capital of Europe. You loved Hemingway’s A Movable Feast, belong to your local wine society, and routinely julienne vegetables with visions of Julia Child flitting through your head. And yet, you become anxious. How can you capture the culinary essence of Paris in a few short days? Bon chance! A cross-section of excellent walking tours focused on the city’s gastronomic delights offer hungry travelers the...

I really miss spending time alone with my girlfriends. But, between work and family commitments, there is scant time for that leisurely hang out of yore. I had fantasized about an actual girls getaway with my best friend from college. It was challenging to organize. But, after a few years of planning, we made it happen this past January. Here, in Travel + Leisure, I report on all that we stuffed into 96 hours in London.  ...

Then Recover with Delicious Tarts and Pommes Frites My story from FoodAndWine.com It’s the thrill of the hunt. For decades, treasure seekers have scoured the allées of Paris’s famed flea market Marché aux Puces for vintage trinkets and eclectic furniture. To inveterate hunters and gatherers, the aha! moment of plucking bric-a-brac vintage serving pieces, an art deco sconce, textiles and quirky French hotel signage from the back of a dusty stall offers an incomparable high. But the Puces has gotten a bad...

My Story from TravelAndLeisure.com I have schlepped my kids everywhere: Provence, London, Northern Italy, Southern Spain, Budapest, Iceland, and, most recently, Marrakech. Sure I love expanding their horizons. But, the pressure to accommodate their decidedly non pint-sized needs can become tiresome. I guiltily longed for the old days; specifically pre-parenting romps in Paris as an unencumbered culture vulture. Wait, why not dump the kids with the in-laws and jet off with my husband for 96 hours...