The Johnny Book travel site consists of two parts. These being:
Part 1. Moment Designs.
These are blind dates between you and the cities that I love. I spent the years of my youth trying to convince friends not to do the Louvre or to climb up the Eiffel Tower because Paris, the real Paris, was waiting. The cool kids, I would say, are in this neighborhood, or on that street. But I only have so many breaths in life. Wasted they were on any who were going to Europe for their first three times, because they were going to hit the Louvre and they were going to hit the Eiffel Tower, and so it morphed into this. It morphed into my making little mornings or afternoons not trying to avoid the sites people were going to see but embracing them, combining them, molding them into real Paris in an easy to follow path. If it’s a museum that overwhelms the soul to exhaustion, then next is a five minute stroll through Paris to a park for sitting and not contemplating anything at all except how you’re going to keep your ice cream from dripping and staining the grass. In one morning or in one afternoon I hope you might experience all of the seasons of a moment and just like with any good first date it feels complete and full and it lasts. I’ll never write about a place I did not personally experience and my photographer will never post a photo she did not take. Neither stock photos nor stock paragraphs are welcome on the Johnny Book travel site.
Part 2. The Journal.
This is as intimate as it comes, this bond you and I share, because it’s not a bond forged of silly things like common interests but of time and place and that both have meaning. That’s why I’ve worked so hard to record my time here, so that you have no doubt what these times and these places have meant to me. It’s true what they say that this journal is the untold stories of Europe, but also it’s the told stories, just with different endings. I suppose the endings I’ve recorded here are the endings I’ve always thought these stories deserved. The longer stories I’ll serialize, just like my friend and colleague F. Scott Fitzgerald used to do in publications similar to the Johnny Book travel site, such as Cosmopolitan magazine.
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