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France

Petite Fleur

What would be a good soundtrack to this picture of my then four-year-old daughter Cécile, posing in a flower market in southern France? Though I'm more partial to classical music, Sidney Bechet's ...

United States

Sunless In Seattle

We were in Seattle just about a month before a certain movie hit the screens. I slept through it all. ...

India

Musical Family Portrait

This family was looking at musicians playing outside the beautiful Jain temple of Ranakpur, in western India. Only after pressing the shutter did I realize the kid had noticed me, and was smiling ...

Spain

Don Quixote's Nightmare

Two peaceful windmills in the Spanish countryside? For Miguel de Cervantes' colorful character Don Quixote (a favorite of mine), these would be ferocious giants — and he would promptly proceed to ...

Canada

Multi-Layered Selfie

Fellow travelers were posing next to Queen Elizabeth Park's famous “Photo Session” statues, with the city of Vancouver as a backdrop. I added a layer to this already self-referential work of art: ...

Turkey

Welcome To My Turkish Cave

The only thing more impressive than beholding the ancient troglodyte structures of Turkey's Cappadocia region, was realizing that yes, some people still actually lived in ...

Canada

En Français, Please

The language situation in Canada's predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec can lead to baffling bilingual signs like this one at the Montreal airport. ...

Romania

Religious Romania

Romania is one of the richest countries I've set foot in when it comes to religious heritage. The central European state has history-packed cathedrals, exuberantly colorful churches — and in this ...

Nepal

Light My Pyre

My trip to Nepal was definitely one of the most dépaysants, as we say here in France. This open-air cremation in front of Kathmandu's famous Pashupatinath Temple was certainly not a sight a ...

South Africa

Looking For Mandela's Gold

These "birds of paradise" flowers are native to South Africa. And indeed, they thrive near the Drakensberg mountain range. Alas, these one are not of the Mandela's Gold variety — the rare yellow ...

Turkey

Many Minarets Make Magnificent Mausoleums

The Mevlana mausoleum in Konya, central Turkey, is considered a staple of Islamic architecture — and rightly so: I don't think I've ever seen so many ...

Peru

Raft Of The Seals

There's something almost Géricault-esque in the pyramidal structure of this shot, and the way these seals meld with the rocks of Ballestas Islands, off the coast of ...

Algeria

Peeking At The Pearl

From afar, the northern Sahara town of Ghardaïa, Algeria looks very quiet — and very dry. But once you get to the shade of its main square, you can relax, sit back and watch the camels grunt ...

France

Foie Gras Farm

I once visited a foie gras farm in southwestern France, years before goose liver became one of the world's most controversial delicacies. Désolé, but foie gras still is a péché mignon of ...

Spain

Appetizing Art Deco

Wandering the narrow streets of Peniscola, a village in eastern Spain, I stumbled upon this quaint — if kitsch — house. Not only did it get me wondering how long it took to plaster all the shells ...

Morocco

Memories Of Mechanics Past

This photograph of a mechanic working in the rain in the coastal Moroccan city of El Jadida was shot from the hip. Discovering this image also takes me back to a trip 20 years earlier in Tunisia, ...

Indonesia

Indonesian Shade

These are the Indonesian guards of His Majesty's Kraton Guard Regiment, keeping an eye on the Royal Palace of Yogyakarta. But unlike some of their counterparts I chanced upon across the globe, ...

France

In Case Of War, Remove Glass

Some of the stunning stained glass panels from France's Cathedral de Chartres date back to the 12th century. And if I was able to see — and photograph — them, I've got to thank the people who had ...

Cyprus

Where Beauty Was Born

According to legend, the rocks of Petra tou Romiou in southwestern Cyprus, is where the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, was born. I'll spare you the full (and quite graphic) myth of ...

Italy

The Coral Temptation

My wife Claudine wasn't immune to the charms of the stunning red coral jewelry made by artisans in the northwest part of the Italian island of Sardinia. If memory serves, she bought a bracelet at ...

China

Surfing Salesman

Marvel all you want at Californian surfers, but this one-man Li River retailer on his bamboo raft is the real ...

Guatemala

Guatemalan Open Carry

Just a friendly walk by the pier? Perhaps. The machetes, or "coupe-coupe" as we French call them, are a multi-purpose tool, and were ubiquitous through much of our Central American travels. But ...