There are many travel guides available, i.e., Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, etc., and there’s no question a great deal of work goes into producing them.  Combined with our current social / media universe, the stream of information available to travelers, both the accomplished and the curious, can be overwhelming and exhausting.  My goal here is to share my travels, cut through the proverbial clutter, pass on some invaluable tips and memorable moments, and in doing so, convince you to visit these places, too.  The goal is not just to travel, but to travel well.  Sometimes that one experience, whether it’s visiting a local cafe or driving on the open road, can be so singularly profound, it shapes one’s entire perception of a new place.  To wit…a buddy and I ended up in Lille, France en route to Belgium a couple of years ago.  It was the happiest of accidents.  In driving around the picturesque city, we ended up at a local restaurant because of the aroma of freshly baked bread pouring out from its open windows (the smell of warm bread never fails to seduce.)  The owner was charming and asked if he could indulge us and serve us a meal completely off-menu.  We agreed and he brought us a baguette, locally made cheese, salad greens with dressing made of herbs his family grew, warm potato salad, and foie gras.  Although composed of simple ingredients, the meal was one of the best we had ever eaten.  It was also completely responsible for our new-found affection for Lille, so much so in fact, we decided to return in the coming months.  Just to dine there.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ― St. Augustine


  • David: Thanks for your kind words. Detroit is such a mess and their is enough blame to go around. I love your blog, and will be following it regularly. I also suffer from wanderlust but has not traveled as much as I would like to. Would you consider either writing for us or share some of your posts with us. We have a developing international following. We are actively recruiting writers from other countries. Our readership is also growing steadily. Most of all I think you have things to share and say which our readers at planyourcity would like to hear. Thanks.


    • Syed, You are most welcome. It’s heartbreaking, and infuriating, to see what was once a great city fall so hard. I was there a few years ago on business and could not believe the blocks of empty, dilapidated buildings–and in downtown.

      As far as my blog, my work is all copyrighted so I have no issue with people quoting it, or even using it as a reference, as long as proper credit is provided. I’m not sure what contributions you think I can make to PlanYourCity but I’m flattered. Just let me know how I can contribute.

    • THANK YOU. I’m glad the efforts show. Stay tuned as I roll out more information on London, Paris, Quebec City and Wales in the coming months. BTW, I checked out your blog, too, and its impressive and informative.

  • Hi David, I had just shared your article about Hallgrímskirkja on my travel site, I hope you don’t mind. This is a website that let bloggers or travelers to share some great articles or photos about travel, and indexed by attractions.

    I know you love travel and write a lots of blog post about interesting places in the world, so I would like to invite you to be a member of our community and share your blog post, photos or review.

    You can check the link below to find your articles on my site, if you don’t want me to share your articles, please tell me, I will remove it as soon as possible.


    Hope you all the best =)


    • Sam, I have no problem with people re-posting information I have provided along with my pictures as long as proper credit is given. All my work is copy-righted and I appreciate you taking the time to seek my permission. Very grateful !

      • Thank you very much David =) Maybe I will re-post more of your articles in the future.

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