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Travel Story Teller

I have been a professional travel writer for more than 15 years – but I don’t do much of the “standard” travel writing. I don’t get into the “perfect day in …” stuff or the “10 best…” things, unless somebody’s paying well, of course! My travel writing is more along the lines of “So I was in this place one time, and this funny/interesting/sweet thing happened.” I try to take the reader along with me on the road. Here you’ll find links to my various travel stories that are published online. Enjoy. And see you out on the road.

Christmas in London: An Evening Walk in the West End

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 23, 2015
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Christmas in London is pretty darn magical, especially on the lit-up and crowded shopping and entertainment streets of the West End — and the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Here’s a gallery from a walk I took one evening in December, 2015. To go through them all, click on the first one, then just keep…

English Soccer Trip: How I Met a Sober Millwall Fan

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 18, 2015
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Among the great traditions of my English soccer trips is meeting friends of friends on arrival in London. My first night in London, mostly to stay awake, but also to meet some locals and maintain my sanity a bit, I went to a 12-Step meeting in Tottenham. There, I had the usual conversation — what…

English Soccer Trip: Talking Footy at UK Customs

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 18, 2015
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I’m starting to really look forward to hitting customs in the UK. Other than the excitement of arriving in my tied-for-favorite country, the U.K. Border Force is also my first chance to talk footy with English blokes. (Sometimes it’s a lady, and that’s even better of, course.) They always ask what I’ll be doing in…

My MLS Cup 2015 Diary: Or, The Timbers’ Big Night in Columbus

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 9, 2015
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What is it like when your team wins the championship? Beyond description, really — but that didn’t deter me from writing this here diary of the experience of watching my Portland Timbers win the 2015 MLS Cup in Columbus, Ohio. Saturday 5 p.m. I finish a 12-hour shift driving a taxi, hand off the car…

A Dinner in Lucca: Ristorante Il Mecenate

  • Paul Gerald
  • September 11, 2015
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Lucca Tuscany

As I get ready to leave for my annual hiking and touring adventure in Tuscany, final details are coming into focus. And those, in turn, are bringing up memories of a wonderful dinner in Lucca last year. Lucca may be my favorite town in Tuscany, with its hilly surroundings, intact walls, friendly people, and relative lack of…

My Ultimate Italian Meal, Part II: Pasta and Meats

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 31, 2014
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Every year, I lead hiking and touring trips to Italy, and since this is Italy we’re talking about, one of the highlights is the food. I think Italians have the best cuisine in the world. The thing about Italian cooking, the way we eat it on our trip, is that it’s rarely fancy. It’s not…