‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

December 31, 2018

Happy New Year, everyone !!

There are still folks out there (I just talked to one) who because they were with me on the first world cruise think that they are automatically going to follow me around the world on the second cruise. It’s not automatic!

If you haven’t already — 90 of you have, but others have not — you MUST subscribe again! Th...

November 23, 2018

‘There is one spectacle grander than the sea,

that is the sky;

there is one spectacle grander than the sky,

that is the interior of the soul.’

   

                                                        — Victor Hugo...

November 11, 2018

Decades ago I bought a set of coasters picturing old travel posters. 

I never thought I’d ever get to Luxor... 

Friends have suggested that I sell ads on my blog ‘to pay for your next trip.’ 

Others send me notices about ‘How to become a travel writer.’

Still others tell me I should publish all of this in a book.

Thank you, everyone, for your enthus...

August 5, 2018

I already have one convert: Lou just acquired her first Highsmith novel, on my recommendation the other day, in ‘European Jaunts To Die For.’

So here's a little more guidance in that department:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/63724-10-best-patricia-highsmith-books.html

Which includes this overview: ‘Her gr...

August 3, 2018

Indulge me, if you will... again.

I am way behind in my self-indulgent re-cap of 5 months aboard the Sun... I had finished the Antipodes and some of SE Asia, and I have re-arrived in China — which is a very large subject. At the moment, I am trying to cull the best Sino photos.

But I have a good excuse: I’ve been jaunting around New England visiting...

June 12, 2018

...to remember Anthony Bourdain, the  extraordinarily open-minded, open-hearted, and intrepid traveler who also happened to be a chef. I encourage you to watch the video, below.

From Time magazine:
‘You learn so much. You learn so much more about Saigon, for instance, sitting on a low plastic stool, drinking coffee or eating some spicy noodles — jus...

May 13, 2018

This isn’t Name that Cloud, and it isn’t meant to be homework. But, as I begin to scroll through all my photos looking for my favorite pix and places, it occurs to me that you might have a favorite place I went to. Maybe you’ve been there, or have always wanted to go there. Maybe you had never heard of it before (Nuku Hiva comes to my mind). Here’s...

May 13, 2018

‘… isn’t that what travel is? A chance to reckon with what you want to see versus what you really do see, a chance to rethink what you thought you knew—as long as you give the place, wherever it is, the opportunity to work its spell on you. Oman gave me both. It wasn’t what I expected. But I kept my eyes open, even in the sandstorm, and in the end,...

May 11, 2018

‘An essential part of travel is the inevitable sense that wherever you’ve gotten to isn’t quite what you hoped it would be—just as you yourself are never, not completely, the traveler you thought you would be.’

                                                               from Lev Grossman's review of Geoff Dyer’s...

May 5, 2018

​Greenwich, England, May 4 — I could have gone on a Viking excursion to the Tower of London or a jaunt out to Windsor Castle or trekked all the way to Canterbury Cathedral — not to mention the opportunity to ‘immerse [my]self in East London’s Famed Food Haven’ at the Billingsgate Fish Market.

Instead, I opted to remain in Greenwich with two of my d...

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