24 hours in paris

november was hectic but i made the most of my 24 hours in paris (there is no direct flight to brussels)


1. boutique hotel: b montmartre (view from window above)

2. shopping: noyoco (wanted batignolles sweatshirt but did not find the right color)

grand carriere

3. cemetery: saint vincent


4. church: sacré cœur (always visit despite the now zoo like atmosphere)

5. baguette: boulangerie alexine

saint georges

6. non parisien dinner: buvette in pigalle (“the Paris outpost of chef Jody Williams’s successful West Village gastrothèque”) (glass of pouilly fuisse)

quartier de l’europe

7. stroll: parc monceau

champs élysées

8. art museum: gran palais

saint germain l’auxerrois

9. carousel: tuileries


next time


a. beer: a la bière comme a la bière

la villette

b. running: canal de l’ourcq

chaussee d’antin

e. architecture: soc gen

to travel or not to travel

Traveling can definitely create a dependency

Achingly beautiful landscape enthralls and as my flight takes off from New Chitose airport, a train of thoughts move towards the next time. For my fifth trip to Japan, should I go to Kitakyushu? Or Sensuijima? Or revisit Wakayama

But before the first train can explode with possibilities, another train of thoughts interjects. Is this real? Or another thing I do so that I can pretend to understand reality without really understanding anything

I think the magic of Japan is the immersion in the here now, eating local, drinking local, buying local. But what is local for someone like me who has lived in different places my entire life?

This final train brings me back to

greenwood (the location of my first school in canada): roast @ pilot

coxwell (the location of our first rental in canada): brew @ godspeed

main street (home sweet home): bbq @ beach hill smokehouse



Whereas for kyoto I had a very specific list, sapporo was more of a random walk

Obviously sushi and soft serve. Obviously the covered shopping street and moerenuma park

But I didn’t intend to go to the sapporo museum and only jumped on the sapporo smile bus because it was the first bus to pass by moerenuma park. At sapporo museum, indulged in melon beer and grilled mutton


What I found most appealing might be the underground walk way. Great art + design taking people to great places

p.s. still got 13 folders of unsorted pictures

bolzano: 99
cotopaxi: 99
gros morne: 71
hamilton ontario: 33

koyasan: 31
kumano: 48
kyoto: 72 (just uploaded above)
london: 59

quilatoa: 35
quito: 85
shiretoko: 67
twillingate: 99
venice: 35