Our Venture 'Mediterranean Work and Play' is in the news via Skift 'Future of Work Briefing'

Our venture Mediterranean Work & Play is in the news via 'Future of Work Briefing'.

We shared with Matthew Parsons of Skift some 'preventive medicine' for burnout that 'Mediterranean Work & Play' offers with stays in Occitanie, France, from Toulouse to Perpignan...

Read more in Travel Outfits Offer Solutions to Companies for Pandemic Worker Burnout (Skift, January 14, 2022)

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Summer Vacation Flight on Your Mind, Book Directly Through Airline Not Portal In Case of Hiccups

Summer vacation flight is on your mind?

My suggestion, book directly through the airline in case of hiccups.

I had booked a round  trip flight for me and my son in November 2019 (EWR to Rome via Copenhagen) for Spring Break 2020.

Copenhagen guide 2011-12

Covid came and of course what would have been a wonderful getaway did not happen.

Flight was on Scandinavian Airlines but it was booked via Expedia.

It took me almost a year of efforts to get reimbursed.

Airlines beat Portals for Concierge Mondays #15

(* Photo of Copenhagen Guide I kept from wonderful stay late August 2011)


Get a Grande 'Polissonne' for 20 Euros at Maison des Vins du Minervois, Round and Carnal

When in France and whenever possible, I like to visit the local 'Maison des Vins' to taste and select a dozen or so bottles from the local producers always at 'wine lover' friendly prices.

My favorite so far have been the Gaillac and Angers outlets.

Next on my list I hope, when I don't know, should be Maison des Vins du Minervois ,  35 quai des tonneliers in Homps (Aude), near Canal du Midi.

Vin du minervois

I noted their selection of Magnums, including 'La Polissonne', a Grenache Gris-Roussanne white blend (2019) from Domaine JP Charpentier, round and carnal in the mouth according to tasting notes from La Maison.

(* Photo from Maison des Vins du Minervois Facebook Page)


What's Crawling Off That Vintage Vase at Musee Georges Labit, Rue du Japon, Toulouse

What's Crawling Off That Vintage Vase at Musee Georges Labit, Rue du Japon, Toulouse.

This pocket museum dedicated to Asian and Ancient Egyptian art offers many small treasures.

Vase Musee George Labit July 2019

It is located in a Moorish villa designed by architect Jules Calbayrac.

After your visit, rest your legs in Musee Georges Labit's beautiful garden.

(* Museum is currently closed due to Covid...Photo by yours truly, July 2019)


Dreaming of Travel While Standing Still, 'Wanderlust' by Sabina Trojanova, 500 Vignettes in 140 Characters or So

Dreaming of travel while standing still, #Wanderlust, The World's Most Unforgettable Travel Destinations (Harper Design/ November 2020) by Sabina Trojanova of Girl vs Globe gives you a path.

Instead of long form pieces about the world's many places one dreams of visiting, the author offers 500 vignettes in 140 characters (and change) illustrated by as many photos geared to the Instagram age.

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Jokey headlines could have used a little more variety.

Otherwise it's a good book to get your mind off Zoom.

Once you pick your Top 5 or Top 10 destinations, dig deeper elsewhere for details.

My favorite pages were #train journeys and #sand (in the desert for treats) 

Train journeys brought back to mind my own rides aboard Le Petit Train Jaune ( The Little Yellow Train, a You Tube Favorite) in the Pyrenees.

Bon voyage!


Get Green on Wheels on the Berlin Wall Trail, From Berlin to Potsdam and Back in Brandenburg

Get green on wheels on the Berlin Wall Trail...

In these Covid times, Berliners like others have had to change their leisure and vacation patterns and rediscovered what is to see in their backyard.

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To help you discover all that's to see around Berlin, the Brandenburg Tourism Office has now reissued their English version of the Brandenburg map. It shows 62 highlights around Berlin with a short explanation and website on the back. 

A taste of what to expect from the Map notes:

"The Berlin Wall divided the German capital and separated West Berlin from the territory of the GDR from 1961 to 1989. On a cycle tour along the Berlin Wall Trail, you can still see the remains of the former border installations. Stop off on your 106-kilometre long round trip in Potsdam, where many of the city´s attractions have great stories to tell. If you look closely, you can see that the Glienicke Bridge was painted in two different colors, testifying that the bridge was divided between east and west and that captured spies were exchanged in its center. The route along the border section in Brandenburg´s capital is approximately 15 kilometers long. In New Babelsberg, you cycle past villas steeped in history and the Media City, where leading DEFA films were produced during the GDR period. From there the trail leads back to Berlin."

Recommended start/finish: Glienicke Bridge, Potsdam or Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Anreise: RE1 to Potsdam, S-Bahn S7

Don't Get Lost thanks to Signposts: Grey beam against a white background with 'Berliner Mauerweg' logo and watchtower to the left.

Total length: 160 km, approx. 56 km through Brandenburg and 15 km through Postdam.

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(Screenshot of Berlin to Potsdam trail map above)

Check PDF here for the Full Map of Brandenburg Cycling Trails, besides Berlin Wall Trail.

Get Green on Wheels for Green Day # 275

Somewhat Related: Loire Valley in the Slow Lane, Cycling the Loire from the Atlantic to Sancerre (April 30, 2010)

(* Photo courtesy of the Brandenburg Tourism Office, Map copyright Terra Press GMBH)


Dye and Textile Art and a Garden, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, Fujikawaguchiko, Japan, Near Lake Kawaguchi

Textile art and a garden, find both at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum in Fujikawaguchiko (Japan) near lake Kawaguchi...

Not to forget views of Mount Fuji.

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Here's a short introduction to the work of textile artist Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003) as shared by museum website:

"This museum contains the works of the textile artist Itchiku Kubota who revived the traditional fabric dyeing technique of Tsujigahana. Tsujigahana flourished in Muromachi period and then disappeared just as suddenly.
When Itchiku Kubota was 20 years-old, he was absolutely-fascinated with the beauty of the fabric dyeing and created his own contemporary style called Itchiku Tsujigahana."

Distant travels and dye art for Tokyo Thursdays # 317

(* Image from Itchiku Kubota Art Museum from museum's website)


Get a Zoom Free Bird's Eye Perspective, Book a Tree House at Loire Valley Lodges, Near Tours

Get a bird's eye perspective, book a tree house at Loire Valley Lodges near Tours (France)

Want to take a break from Zoom world, Loire Valley Lodges offers 18 tree lodges sprinkled around a forest with no WiFi and spotty cellphone reception. They opened in July 2020.

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Each lodge opens onto the forest and the sky thanks to large windows.

Green Lap of Luxury for Green Day # 274

( Photo: November 4, Autumn Sunrise on terrace of  lodge Via Nilo, via Loire Valley Lodges Facebook Page)