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My series of travel book reviews

A mix of authors, destinations, publication dates, and languages

Backseat Cities

Announcing Backseat Cities: Travels Through Places People Only Live In

Backseat Cities are places which, fairly or not, "take a backseat" to big tourist destinations like New York and small towns such as Carmel.

Backseat Cities is the story of my travels to fun and exciting mid-sized cities, overlooked by travelers and the travel industry:

  • Lafayette, LA: The Heart of Cajun Country
  • Cleveland, OH: Columbus's Hot Sister
  • Rochester, NY: The Jewel in Western New York's I-90 Crown
  • Boise, ID: The Land of Lincoln and Happy People
  • Tulsa, OK: A Perfect Four-Day City
  • Des Moines, IA: Skateboards and Amazing Food

Recent Posts

The Art of Travel  12/31/2021

Postcard: Los Angeles  11/5/2021

Afropean  8/6/2021

Roadrunner  7/22/2021

Red Dust  6/30/2021

Eat Pray Love  6/10/2021

Voyage au Brésil  5/16/2021

Postcard: Lake Tahoe  4/30/2021

Baedeker's United States  4/5/2021

To Shake the Sleeping Self  3/7/2021

The Piraget novels

The first of the Piraget novels is The Sacred Lily, set in Paris, 1814, where we meet Lucien de Piraget, Frédéric Lafargue de Rochefort, and Olivier Bertrand as they try to restore Louis XVIII to the French throne.

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A smiling Francis and me, sitting outside in front of some shrubs

Some basics

A brief biographical sketch

Me on top of a sunny Mt Pilatus in Switzerland, with mountains in the background


Pardon the saccharine and the obvious, but travel is everything

A couple standing in front of a large Gothic church, on a bridge over the Seine


France deserves its own section

Francis, as a two year-old in a car seat, in sunglasses reading a French picture book


The bullshit of daily life? I'd rather read.

Stage with musicians going at it—they're Gogol Bordello, and they're crazy


Let me take you back

Little boy sitting on a big white bed, looking at a tablet


I watch a lot more television than movies

Live action from a soccer game at Crew Stadium—yellow versus blue


The only sport that matters

Ugly photo of a pig knuckle after it's been eaten—really, it looks horrible


As a travel writer, I have to talk about food

Me in an outdoor restaurant drinking from a green coconut with a long straw

Dumb stuff

You will not feel smarter after reading this

Dumpster full of garbage


Trying to live simply

Me getting out of a red Ferrari F430 with a guy clapping for me

Other Interests

I've only driven a Ferrari once

Dude wearing orange pants and orange and green shoes walking on wet grass

Get off my lawn

A few brief rants

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