Sunday Stories for November 29th, 2015

Walking the Highline in New York City

The Thanksgiving holiday has given me time to rest and catch up on some reading. I finished off a few books, caught up on some of my favorite blogs, and spent a good deal of time on social media catching up with friends. And I ate lots of pie. A perfect holiday weekend in my book.

Here are some stories that I enjoyed and thought you might find interesting as well.

Sleep has been fleeting since depravity descended on our Paris neighbourhood

I met Yvette, the author of this story in the Irish Times, earlier this year. I’ve known her husband for a few years, and it was great to add her to my circle of international friends. After living in Paris for seven years, they recently moved to Provence. This article is her reflection on what happened in her former city.

“Tu l’as échappé belle!” (“You had a close shave!”) a bartender in a cafe exclaimed yesterday, vocalising the unspoken understanding between me and my husband these past few days that we had dodged a bullet.

Meeting Syrian Refugees and Other Ways Istanbul Made Me Cry

There’s nothing like first hand experience to make a situation come home. I met Amanda earlier this year in Spain. Her story of visiting Turkey and meeting Syrian refugees is a powerful one.

They were bittersweet tears laced with the pain of humanity, the kindness of strangers, and heartbreak of the lost. I cried because I couldn’t do enough. I cried because I saw how cruel life can be and how the seeds of hatred manifest in the faces of men and women.

Read original article here: Meeting Syrian Refugees and Other Ways Istanbul Made Me Cry

Museum of Feelings Opens in New York City

Pop ups have become all the rage, and I’m not talking about those annoying ones online. This pop up is a museum in NYC, available for visiting through December 15th.

The museum’s façade is linked to social media sites and incorporates data extracted from local news and trends, including the weather report, fluctuations in the stock exchange, and even flight delays. All that data is in turn gets translated into feelings, those feelings into color, which is reflected onto the museum’s exterior.

Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

The Gluten Free Guide to Japan

I know several friends who a struggling with avoiding gluten while traveling. This guide from my friend Jodi should help if you’re traveling to Japan.

When people think of Japan, they often assume it will be easy for celiacs. After all, there is an abundance of rice, and sushi is generally thought of as free of gluten. Unfortunately Japanese food is also rife with soy sauce (which has wheat), barley, and wheat flour, and even basic sushi rice sometimes contains a vinegar that blends barley malt with rice vinegar, causing distress for celiacs.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay introduces a new-look wine list

I like the way this new wine menu tries to make the selection process more user friendly. Discovering new wines is fun, but I do like time to linger and compare possible choices. Do you get intimidated when trying to decide on a wine?

The change of list gives us the chance to bring attention to wines which we discover or we like to spotlight. Usually as a sommelier you do that verbally. Now guests can browse themselves. We are there but the guests have more freedom and don’t need to rely on the sommelier to find something special.

A Bacon-Jalapeño Grilled Cheese, Made of Waffles That’re Made of Tater Tots

I’m filing this in the “who cares if it’s bad for me” file. Am I the only one who thinks it looks delicious?

As a kid, my favorite after-school snack was a plate of tater tots with slices of Kraft Singles melted on top. I’d stick it in the microwave to get the cheese kind of scorched. I’m not even going to pretend that my taste has evolved beyond that, but I’ll admit it was time for a renovation.

A Pencil Shop, for Texting the Old-Fashioned Way

I love pencils, so news about this shop caught my eye. I’ll check it out on mny next visit to NYC.

Pencils are like fax machines and margarine: They do a job, sure, but other things do the same job better — pens, email and butter, respectively. You can write a letter in pencil, but it’s more adult to write in pen. You can solve a crossword in pencil, but it’s more courageous in pen.

Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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