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France, Paris – Galignani Bookstore


I visited the Galignani Bookstore (Librairie Galignani) last year and though it to be an interesting find in Paris – an English language bookstore. I had come across Shakespeare’s Books earlier, but finding a second English language book store surprised me.


Galignani is located at 248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France. Galignani is the oldest English language bookstore on the European continent. The first Galignani bookstore was opened in 1801 and there has been a store by that name in business run by the Galignani family ever since then. The extensive book inventory exceeds 50,000 titles. Among its many famous customers have been Ernest Hemingway, André Malraux, Orson Welles and Marlene Dietrich.


This is another bookstore that I would recommend a visit to if you are in Paris.

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France, Paris – WHSmith Bookstore


I was able to visit the WHSmith Bookstore last year while on a visit to Paris. The bookstore is located at 248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France. The store claims to be the largest English bookstore in Paris, and from what I saw that claim has merit. It is also one of the older English bookstores dating back to 1903.


I found the shelves filled with a variety of English language books. The store claims more that 70,000 book references. The store had spacious aisles and invited you to spend some time searching through the shelves. It is certainly one of the places I would return to if in Paris again and looking for a title in English.

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Product Review of the “ANKER Multi-Angle Stand”


Product Review – I bought the ANKER Multi-Angle Stand just a few days ago for use with my iPad. There are times when I want to use it as my primary writing device and having a stand that will prop the screen up at a comfortable angle makes a big difference.

I have been using it and I am very happy with it. Event though it is not very large, it easily props up my iPad on a table of lap desk. The fact that it is only $8.99 on Amazon is a real plus in my mind.

It has six preset positions from nearly vertical to nearly flat. A button on the top left allows you to change the angle of the stand and each position is locked in place with a clear ‘snap’ of the stand. It has pads on the bottom edges to reduce the chance of sliding. There are also similar pads to both hold and protect your electronic device. Though the unit is very light, it is of strong construction. I have no fear of it being bent or broken in the bottom of my computer bag.

This little accessory will be in my electronics travel kit from now on.


  • Will work with almost any phone or tablet
  • Six different angles for devices
  • Low cost ($9)
  • Light weight (less than 4 oz)
  • Small size (3.15 x 4.72 x 1.06 inches)
  • Will hold devices weighing up to 11 lbs.



  • Stand only has fixed positions
  • Non-slide pads on the bottom could have more ‘grip’

Web Tool – GasBuddy

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WebTools – We all (well almost all) of us need fuel for our autos. The web site GasBuddy lets you check out the latest fuel prices. Prices are kept up-to-date by users making adjustments when they go to fill up their tanks.

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As the result of hurricane Harvey, fuel is somewhat hard to find in Texas right now. GasBuddy is helping consumers with a separate Gasoline Availability Tracker map that shows which stations have fuel for sale. As you can see from the screen shot above, most stations in the Austin area are currently out of fuel.

Whether you are in desperate need of fuel this weekend somewhere in Texas, or just looking for where you can fill your tank for the lowest cost, GasBuddy may be your answer.

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USA, New York, New York City – New York Public Library (Schwarzman Building)


If you have seen other posts of mine you will know that I like book stores and libraries. While in New York we took time to visit the New York Public Library. Specifically we visited Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
New York, NY) shown above. Included in that shot is one of the two famous marble lions at the front of the building.

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its historical collections as well as its commitment to providing free and equal access to its resources and facilities. It houses some 15 million items, among them priceless medieval manuscripts, ancient Japanese scrolls, contemporary novels and poetry, as well as baseball cards, dime novels, and comic books.

The ways in which the resources of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building have been used are as diverse as the collections themselves:

– During World War II, Allied military intelligence used the Map Division for research on the coastlines of countries in the theater of combat.

– Television and print journalists first consulted the Slavic and Baltic Division when covering the changing political structure of the former Soviet Union.

– Authors of countless literary and nonfiction books cite the Library as a major resource in their work.

– Countless individuals have reconstructed family histories and located long-lost relatives through records in the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy.


This is the largest and grandest library that my wife and I have visited so far. We were able to take a short time to sit in the reading room shown above an just read. We could easily have spent hours there.

If you like books and are in New York, I recommend that you take some time and visit the Schwarzman Library building.


  1. About the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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New York City Trip 2017 – Day 2

NYC2017 – On the second day of our visit to New York, we went again for a late but enjoyable lunch at Cafe Lalo. Afterwards we made our way over to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum complex. We spent a couple of hours wondering through the submarine and aircraft carrier on display.

When we left the Intrepid, we headed over to a near by bike shop so that my wife could pick up a New York bike jersey. The Toga Bike Shop was quite nice and she found a jersey to remember our trip.

We walked a lot this day. I racked up 18,126 steps according to my Apple Watch. Needless to say after all the walking and climbing on the ships, we were really tired by the end of the day.

USA, New York, New York – Toga Bike Shop


My wife likes to pick up a bike jersey from the various places we visit. While in New York, we dropped by a few bike shops but only Toga Bike Shop (http://togabikes.com) had a selection of jerseys. Not only did they have jerseys, but they also had a nice selection of very good bikes and equipment.

Toga Bikes is located at 110 West End Ave, New York, NY. Per their website Toga is “New York’s oldest and largest bike shop. Toga Bikes has a wide selection of mountain, road, triathlon, and hybrid bicycles at all price levels, a tremendous assortment of the latest, high-tech accessories and the largest bicycle clothing department in New York City & Rockland County. TOGA is THE BIKE SHOP in New York City. TOGA also has a large triathlon-specific department, with accessories, wetsuits, and much more.

If you are in New York and are interested in Bikes, this would be one place I recommend that you visit.

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New York City Trip 2017 – Day 1

NYC 2017 – I am in New York City this week with my wife. We are here doing a little site seeing while a grand daughter in involved in dance classes she won a scholarship to at Steps on Broadway.

While she is in class we have spend some time exploring the city. This first day we stopped at Cafe Lalo for a late breakfast, and were very pleased. From there we set out to visit a few bookstores, as we commonly do when on vacation. We were able to visit the Strand, Rizzoli Bookstore, McNally Jackson Bookstore and the Union Square Barnes and Noble.

We rode the subway a lot in our excursion but I still managed to complete 17,259 steps according to my Apple Watch. Certainly New York is a city of walking and subway riding. We passed a few parking lots and the daily rates was up to $50 and the monthly rates were over $500. If I lived here it would be an easy decision to do without my own car.

USA, New York, New York – Rizzoli Bookstore

My wife and I visited the Rizzoli Bookstore (https://www.rizzolibookstore.com) recently. It is located at 1133 Broadway in New York, New York. As they claim in their website, this is an elegant book store. Per their website:

For over fifty years—twenty-nine in its previous 57th Street location—Rizzoli Bookstore has been widely considered one of the foremost independent booksellers in America specializing in illustrated books on architecture, interior design, fashion, photography, cookery, and the fine and applied arts, as well as literature, and foreign language books. Rizzoli Bookstore has been, and will continue to be a literary landmark in New York City, and a celebrated destination for important authors and book lovers from all over the world.

Established in New York in 1964 Rizzoli moved in 1985 to its 57th Street location—a six story townhouse exhibiting on its façade a sober classicism that belies the elegant interior within, where cast iron chandeliers, ornately decorated vaulting, and a luminous Diocletian window create a serene setting for book lovers amidst the rush of Midtown Manhattan.


While this is a very nice book store, it does not have many titles that are part of our interest set. However if your interests lie in the list of topics above, this is certainly a bookstore you should visit while in New York.

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