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Backseat Cities: Travels Through Places People Only Live In

Backseat Cities are places you should probably visit but haven't.

Fairly or not, they "take a backseat" to large tourist destinations like New York, Los Angeles, or Miami, as well as to smaller towns such as Charleston, SC or Carmel, CA.

In other words, visiting a Backseat City is like sticking up for the middle guy.

There are dozens of Backseat Cities in America, prompting tourists around the world to ask, "Why would I go there?"

I ignored the strange looks and the questions and I went. Backseat Cities is the story of my travels.

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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Pardon the saccharine and the obvious, but travel is everything

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France deserves its own section

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

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Let me take you back

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I watch a lot more television than movies

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The only sport that matters

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As a travel writer, I have to talk about food

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You will not feel smarter after reading this

Dumpster full of garbage


Trying to live simply

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