I actually had more but wanted to be reasonable and not make this post too long. So here goes:
 I discovered this wonderful new blog from someone who lives in the Pays Basque region of France. It is an area I have yet to visit, but is on my list to get to soon. Funnily enough I ate at a very nice Pays Basque restaurant this week for a work lunch. The place was called Fringale and it was very tasty. A place I will definitely be visiting again and it only confirmed my desire to visit this region of France where the food is just one aspect of its lure. I digress. Back to The Compleat Anglo who wrote an amazing and intriguing post called “Hemingway in Pays Basque.” The post details the impact of Ernest Hemingway on the first waves of global tourism, it is really interesting.
 I like to give. I do so for purely selfish reasons. It makes me feel good. This week Alisa of Project Happily Ever After wrote a wonderful post on giving. In “How and Why to be a better Giver,” Alisa has a great list of 29 ways to do just that. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!
Also, if any of you use Tikbuk2 bags they are currently promoting a recycle program where you can donate your lovingly used Timbuk2 bags to be given to others. You can even get a 20% discount on a new bag, which is completely secondary, but an added perk. Timbuk2 bags make excellent travel bags, my husband and I have them in several sizes and they really take a beating well. You can check out the program here.
 I think it is nearly impossible to go a week without Julie Roads here! This past week she had several posts that I could mention, but the one that had the most profound affect on me was “Trading Up.” I say it had an affect because it reminded me of something that happened during my high school years that was horrible at the time, but actually turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me.
Short-story version is that I challenged a teacher too much, a teacher who was not used to being challenged. He kicked me out of his class and I got put into Debate (I know, funny huh?!). That debate class taught me to see that there are many sides to an issue and to be open to and respect opinions that are different from mine. Without getting kicked out, I may have never experienced that. I thank Julie’s post for reminding me of that!
 I love this post from La Mom because it is just the kind of faux pas that I would do with my French in-laws. In “French Lessons,” La Mom details a dinner with her in-laws and shares the hilarious dialogue that takes place. Oh the joys of multi-cultural families!
 New blog find, The Moveable Beast, wrote a post on Hip Paris Blog called “Bravo Americaine.” It seems to me that you can live in Paris for many years, you can emulate the French lifestyle, speak French fluently, and yet never truly be Parisian. It is like a secret club that you will never get the secret passcode to. And no matter how many days you show up to the clubhouse door, it just ain’t going to happen. Ah, but so many will try and I will too. I love this post, particularly this little paragraph,
“Basically, I’m an idiot who is, little by little, living my way through the romance and stereotypes of Parisian life because I know that… sometime very soon… Paris is going to become real to me.”
Go read the rest because it is really, really good!
 Another newly discovered blog, Almost Fearless, had a great guest post by another cool blog, Migrationology, called “7 Easy Ways to Get Plugged Into a New and Peculiar Place.” I like it because it speaks to exactly how my husband and I like to travel. There are very good tips and I encourage you to check them out.
Bonus  I like this post from Dear Sky Steward because it talks about experienced travelers giving back and helping others who do not have the same amount of mileage under their belts as others. In “Civilized Travelers are Making the ‘Jetiquette Pledge” the Sky Steward team have put forth the Jetiquette Pledge which goes like this:
“I am committed to making travel a more civilized experience for myself and others by exhibiting polite, courteous and considerate behavior to all I encounter when traveling.”
Check out the entire post for further details and examples.
That’s it for this week’s journeys through the blogosphere. Have any posts that you would like to share? Leave a comment so that I can check it out.