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About L’appel Du Vide
There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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Monthly Archives: February 2012
Hope everyone had a wonderful and cupid filled February! Even with that extra day it flew by, and here we are, once again at the monthly round up. I realized the (sad) fact that February also marked the first time since September that I’ve left Virginia/DC. That’s four whole long months without any kind of travel! That’s okay – there is a very good reason why I am limiting travel right now…. Travel News This month I announced my trip to San Francisco. I got back last night and I’ll be posting some updates from the trip in the next couple … Read More
Tulip Bulbs for sale in Amsterdam Did you know that in the 1600′s Amsterdam was at the height of Tulip Mania? Apparently the tulip bulb of 1637 was the beanie baby of 1995, with Tulip prices climbing to astronomical heights before suddenly dropping. I’m not making this up. Apparently some tulips could fetch a price up to ten times the annual salary of a tradesman. In fact, check out this tulip price index from the 1600s. That after Christmas slump is worse than Tickle Me Elmo. If you can get past the drug fueled backpackers, Amsterdam has got to be one of … Read More
This post is part of a new L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Hannah from Further Bound shares with us her stories of troubles in India. Tell me a little about yourself and your current/ next trip: I am a 32 year old graphic designer from England, in the midst of selling everything I own in preparation for a round the world adventure with my boyfriend Lee. I took on extra work to enable me to pay off my debt and save enough … Read More
This is guest post by Tom Madrecki based on his experience interning at Noma and Le Chateaubriand. I was asked to write a post about the four months I spent last year cooking across Europe, in two of the world’s top 10 restaurants – Noma in Copenhagen and Le Chateaubriand in Paris. This isn’t (exactly) that post. For one, tragic as it is, the result of cooking in Europe isn’t what you might think. It is hardly a ticket to extensive travel and sightseeing, or to day-tripping across the French and Danish landscape in pursuit of long forgotten castles and … Read More
This post is part of a new L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Monday. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Audrey from ”That Backpacker” shares with us the story of some bad rickshaw luck on the streets of India. Tell me a little about yourself and your current/ next trip: I am a Canadian girl who was raised in South America and has an insatiable desire to explore the world. Even though I consider myself to be a city girl, I love exploring Latin America’s rural side, driving down … Read More
When I visited Carmel by the Sea for a friends wedding in May of 2011, I knew that a drive down Route 1 along the California Coast was going to be on my must do list. Since we flew into San Fran, we had to rent a car anyway for the wedding. We took advantage of this by driving down Route 1 to Big Sur before returning to Carmel. The trip was easy and did not take anywhere near as long as I had feared. It’s eas to stop along the way to take pictures of the rocky cliffs and crashing waves that make up the majority of the … Read More
Drum… roll please….okay, I’m guessing this announcement has lost some if not all of it’s drama unless you don’t recognize the giant red bridge from the photo above. Yes, that’s right my next trip will be to San Francisco. West Coast Baby. I’ve actually been to San Francisco a few times since I graduated college. On my first two visits, I was able to hit most of the sites and on my third visit I drove down the coast along Route 1 to visit Big Sur and Monterey. So why am I going back? San Francisco is … Read More
I am very excited to announce a new blog feature that I will be rolling out starting next week: Misadventure Mondays. In this segment I will invite some of my favorite travel bloggers to share their stories of trips gone bad. Getting robbed on the streets of foreign cities, suffering a bout of food poisoning in a hostel bathroom, loosing their passport on an overnight bus. Real people. Real trips. Real stories. You’ll find out what they learned so hopefully you won’t have to. I’ve got a lot of great bloggers lined up that I will be featuring in the coming weeks. So … Read More
Our hostel owner in Sarajevo was a survivor of the Bosnian war in the 90s and he offered a daily tour of the sites that helped tell the story of his experience. We had arrived at the hostel at around noon after an overnight flight from the states so our group was exhausted. On a whim we asked him if he could recommend anything for us to do that afternoon and he offered to take us – it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of the trip. (PS. If you are wondering, the name of the hostel is … Read More