Sunday, March 29, 2020

Amalfi Coast: A Beautiful Tourist Trap

I hate tours. I say hate with a capital 8. Short on time, the only practical way to see the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii is on an 8 hour bus tour which goes for $85....

Champagne & Cigars at the IC Marseille

My birthday started in Paris with mild day of tourism followed by dinner at McDonald's at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. Following that classy feast, I left for Marseille for proper French cuisine. That was followed...

Pho 2000 Saigon: President Clinton’s Bad Dining Advice

The normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam occurred on July 11, 1995. Five years later, former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton went to the Land of the...

Vegas Knockout: Topless at Venetian’s Tao Beach

(10) Venetian vs (2) Wynn For a time, the Venetian was the best hotel on the Strip because of its beautiful architecture, decent priced suites, and ideal location. Tao nightclub was a super-mega club that hosted thousands...

Bouillabaisse in Marseille: TPOL’s Real Birthday Dinner

It was my birthday which is why I thought I would treat myself to dinner at Le Petit, a Michelin 3 Star restaurant that Anthony Bourdain had gone to when he was in Marseille. After...

Is Hawaii a Country?

Is Hawaii a country? How about Aruba? How about Taiwan? Puerto Rico anyone? The answer should be followed by the question, "Why do you ask?" which leads to the answer because I want to spite...

Where to Party in Marseille

Looking to party in Marseille? Right on Vieux Port is an endless row of pubs packed with people. Strangely, most of them were Irish. There's also a ferris wheel if you want to live...

Since I cannot personally go to SE Asia with Mikey and show him the...

Remember when you saw Coming to America the first time or tried princess chicken for the first time at Empress of China when you visited Flint, Michigan?  That and experiencing other firsts is why I continue to travel...

Get Ready to Takeoff: The World’s Best Champagne

The flight attendant coming by with freshly squeezed OJ and cold bubbly triggers a Pavlovian response: fasten your seat-belt and prepare for takeoff. This wasn't always the case for TPOL when I used to ride...

Pho Jersey City! Better Than New York City

From Long Island City to Jersey City, I was all over the place on this trip. A new city means a new opportunity to try pho. New York City is by far the worst...
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