Category Archives: Where would you like to go?

Why you should visit a part of France you’ve never heard of

Thinking about going to France this summer? Or hiking the Appalachian trail?¬†How about both? It’s possible in a real piece of France you’ve probably never heard of. And if you live in North America, you don’t need to cross an … Continue reading

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Brussels: Is Belgian chocolate really worth the trip?

Computer problems on two continents here at Planet Lippstone. A story for another day. Meanwhile, it was the most indulgent reason I knew for going to Brussels: I was tired of mediocre chocolate. Spring had finally sprung; Easter was approaching; … Continue reading

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Ghent, Belgium: What they sell in a castle gift shop

Everything that’s positively Medieval for your Little Crusader. Castle of the Counts, Ghent, Belgium. 4.10.15 (Been a hectic week in Brussels. Doing regular news job in between all the running around, which included this day trip to Ghent, Belgium, a … Continue reading

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Eats: Memorable Easter Dinner in Brussels

Just back from a memorable Easter dinner in the Matonge (African) section of Brussels, a few blocks from where I’m staying. Place was absolutely packed. I was parked near a family with a child who insisted on putting her toy … Continue reading

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Delicious dilemma: Watching my weight with chocolate, chocolate, everywhere in Belgium

So I saw this plug for Candice Bergen’s memoir the other day. The fashion and entertainment icon (why wasn’t she really utilized¬†in the SNL 40-year reunion?) says she’s put on 30 pounds and has no problem being considered fat. Because … Continue reading

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A New Year celebration where you can’t make noise

For those of us in the western hemisphere, this March 21 is merely the big thaw into spring after hibernating all winter. In Bali, Indonesia, it’s New Year’s Day. But they don’t say Happy New Year there, exactly. They might … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas season, in Ireland

Feel like a turkey doing the same thing every Thanksgiving? Here’s some food for thought: Go elsewhere next year. For a radical change of pace, we left the country. For about twice as much as it would cost to fly … Continue reading

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