According to the Vereniging Officiele Coffeeshops Maastricht (VOCM), there were 31 coffee shops in Maastricht in 1993, a population that dropped to 16 in 2006.  A law that went into effect this past spring in three southern border provinces — including Limburg where Maastricht is located — has essentially closed all of the coffee houses […]

After wolfing down an extremely early breakfast, my camera and I had 30 minutes to walk through the French Quarter at dawn at a cafe au lait-fueled speed before the flight home.  Even at that early hour, the second I left the air-conditioned lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, I felt as if I’d stepped straight into […]