May 2011

THERE ARE MARKETS, THEN THERE IS BOROUGH MARKET

[London) — A perfect cloudy afternoon thing to do in London is to go walk among the stalls of Borough Market.  Tucked under a viaduct and carved out of various nooks and crannies, the Borough is just a great place to while away a morning, then head out to see other sites around central London. Go early and beat most of the crowds.  And make sure you check out Monmouth Coffee, some of the best coffee I’ve had.  The lines are long (for a reason) but their system moves you fast.  Grab a cup, have a walk ’round.    

SIMPLICITY DONE RIGHT

(London) — When you’re out and about in SoHo in London, look for these simple places. Fernandez & Wells. Nothing fancy, just a beautiful little shoebox of restaurants, with simple sandwiches and espresso. Dramatic simplicity at it’s best.

A CANYON LIKE A PALM READER FOR THE EARTH

(Salta, Argentina) — On a northern spur of highway, just north of Salta city lies the stratified painter’s palette of the Humahuaca Gorge, one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the jaw dropping valleys and deserts of Salta province.   The gorge starts on the northern edge of Salta province and continues into Jujuy province (which is a hoot to just say: “hoohooee”) Who knew there were so many shades of green in rock?  With my trusty guide Augustin, we just just dipped into the gorge up Ruta 9, just north of Purmamarca before we diverted over the mountain pass to see the stunning Salinas Grande.  Riding along a curvy riverbed (that was absolutely gorging with water from recent rainfalls when I was there

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