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The most common question we got when people asked us where we were headed for Spring Break was: Why Austin, Texas?  Our question was: Why not? Austin is an easy direct flight (about 3 and a half hours) on Southwest Airlines from Newark Airport.  But hold it cowboy!  This isn’t quite like the Texas most people imagine.  That’s not to say you can’t buy yourself some high quality kicks at Allens Boots,… Read More

“We’ve Got Cheese Shops” In July of 2010, Paul and I spent our honeymoon in Sorrento, Italy.  Our hotel sat high upon a cliff overlooking the magnificent Bay of Naples, and everyday after relaxing at the pool, we would walk to town down a long, dusty, quiet, lemon-tree lined path.  Occasionally, a scooter would pass us by, motor off, using only the natural force of gravity to make its way down to the bustling streets… Read More

Yesterday, we began our day quietly sipping coffee at America’s Cup and ended the day with an order of pasta fagioli and a Dizzy Dame sandwich from The Speakeatery.  In between, I got my locks pampered at Hot Mess Salon while Paul took his camera out in the cold morning air to grab a photo.  Later, we enjoyed our favorite Firecracker Roll at Taka’s new and trendy Cookman location.  There we met and… Read More

“If you’re going to travel the world, make it a delicious journey.” Golden West Cafe One of the things I love the most about the American Southwest is the breakfast burrito.  I especially adore the tortillas as they are often homemade, their taste and texture superbly better than any tortilla you’ll find at your local grocery store (unless, of course, you live near a Whole Foods in Santa Fe).  Breakfast just tastes better… Read More

If you haven’t had a chance to read Our Guide to Paris-Where We Eat (Part 1), please be sure you do!  As promised, we have some additional favorites described below! Les Deux Magots  (http://www.lesdeuxmagots.fr/en/ambiances.php#/ambiances.php) 6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris, France Unfortunately, these days, Les Deux Magots gets a bad rap for being touristy and overpriced.  Being one of Hemingway’s old haunts, this beautiful cafe gets a lot of traffic.  We recommend coming… Read More

There are just too many fantastic places to eat in the city of Paris, and we’ve got more of our favorites coming your way.  Stay tuned.  Check out some of our recommendations here in Part 1 of Our Guide to Paris-Where We Eat and Our Guide to Paris-Where to Stay. © Paul and Michelle Shappirio and Bringing Down the White Picket Fence, 2007-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and… Read More

Be on the look out for Bringing Down the White Picket’s Fence’s guide to Paris!  We will feature all of our favorite things to see and do, recommend places to stay, and give you great suggestions for some amazing places to eat and drink!   © Paul and Michelle Shappirio and Bringing Down the White Picket Fence, 2007-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this… Read More