Ask Chris: Things to Do in Paris

by Chris on March 7, 2012

Ask Chris: A reader asks for recommendations on things to do in Paris.

This is part of my ongoing  “Ask a travel expert” series. What to do in Paris?  Question: I am writing because I recently won two tickets on Air France to Paris and was wondering if you have any recommendations for what to do with a week in Paris! Eat, see, tour, where to stay on […]


Photo Friday: Love in Paris

by Chris on February 17, 2012

Love in Paris marks this week’s “Special Moments” Photo Friday.
Love in Paris

This week’s #FriFoto topic is “Special Moments.” It seemed a little too Hallmark to put up a shot of Don and I on vacation, so I chose this candid photo I took in Paris in 2010. It was an unusually warm March day, and people apparently felt no shame taking it to the streets. City […]

The best meal of my 2010 travels? The tasting menu at Guy Savoy, the chef’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris.
travels, Guy Savoy, Michelin restaurant, black truffle artichoke soup with truffle butter brioche

As far as gastronomy goes, I’m not sure I’ll ever top the sumptuous multi-course tasting meal I experienced in March at Guy Savoy, the celebrated chef’s three-star Michelin restaurant in Paris. Sponsored by the journey planner ViaMichelin, the dinner brought together several well-known travel writers, including Peter Greenberg, travel editor of CBS News, and NPR […]


Report from my extravagant dinner at Guy Savoy Paris
Guy Savoy

I’ve been lucky to enjoy some sumptuous meals in my day. And last week, I added to the list of once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic experiences with a tasting meal at Guy Savoy in Paris. I must admit, I’ve been stalking Guy Savoy a bit from afar for years. I almost booked a meal at his restaurant in Las Vegas last […]


Website upgrade:

by Chris on March 19, 2010

Review of, the upgraded website that puts good amounts of Michelin’s Green Guide and famed red guide content online.

My quick trip to Paris this week centered around Michelin’s announcement that good amounts of their printed material – from information in the tourist-oriented Green Guides to the listings in the famed Red restaurant and hotel guides – are now online. allows users to access all of the Michelin information they need to plan their trip and tie […]


My Michelin-star menu at Le Meurice, Yannick Alleno’s restaurant in Paris

  I’m the type of traveler who doesn’t “need” a Michelin star restaurant to be happy, although I do like to splurge for at least one meal. But if a once-in-a-lifetime foodie experience is available? I’m there. My Michelin trip to Paris this week included several stops at restaurants that can easily provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences. First on our “eating […]


Scarves of Paris

by Chris on March 15, 2010

No question, it’s the scarf that provides the flair in French fashion. Some street photos from Paris.

Paris Style I’m in Paris for the next few days as a guest of Michelin, the producers of the Green Guides and other guidebooks. I love Paris; this is my fifth visit to the city (although my first since 2005). After lunching with a friend who goes to graduate school here, I walked up and […]


Paris, c’est bon!

by Chris on September 24, 2009

Paris, c’est bon!

My “where you would return?” post yesterday sparked some good answers, not only here, but on Twitter. Paris scored big among the responses – everyone, it seems, wants to lose themselves in the City of Lights. (And I do too….Paris would have definitely made a Top 10). Back here in the US, Vermont also scores […]