blog

Indonesia

Unidentified Frying Object

When it comes to international cuisine, I must confess that I'm not that much of an aventurier. Amid the street markets of Indonesia, like elsewhere, I would much rather take pictures of ...

Spain

All Scallops Lead To Compostela

All across Europe, you may stumble, as my wife and I did many times, upon discreet scallop shell symbols: They mark the ancient "Camino de Santiago" routes that lead to the Christian shrine of the ...

South Africa

Up The Ibis Tree

The fauna and flora of South Africa rank among the most impressive I've seen anywhere in the world. Near Durban in the east of the country, I caught them both on vivid display, as a tree filled ...

Brazil

Everything And The Kitchen Sink

Fish, fruit, pottery, an endless selection of drain pipes: the massive open-air markets were a vivid memory from the northern Brazilian city of ...

Indonesia

Music Soothes The Sulawesi

This concert, courtesy of the Toraja people, provided a welcome balance to our day: My wife and I had just witnessed a traditional burial, in this village of southern Sulawesi — and it ...

Martinique

Home Is Where The Mailbox Is

Some 7,000 kilometers away from my neck of the woods in eastern France, Martinique feels like home. In this French overseas region in the Lesser Antilles, people speak French, pay in euros ... but ...

Norway

The Gateway To Norway

Svolvaer is one of the first scenic stops upon entering the famous Lofoten archipelago of northern Norway. The fishing village, with its typical wooden red houses, offers a nice warmup to the ...

Romania

Not Sure About That Romanian Style

For a moment, the streets of Sibiu turned into a fashion show — and that woman didn't seem too convinced by the man's dress sense ... Was it the traditional căciulă sheepskin hat, or something ...

Italy

Dry As A Sardinian Sculpture

These wrinkly clay busts were sitting in the backyard of a Sardinian sculptor's workshop. With the sun on their grimacing faces, this felt like the right image to share today as temperatures broke ...

Tunisia

Carthage Must (Not) Be Destroyed

Carthago delenda est. "Carthage must be destroyed." As I was wandering the ruins of the ancient capital (near modern-day Tunis) I had Cato's famous oratorical phrase stuck in my head ... ...

China

The Not-So-Zen Li River

There are things photographs capture well: the lush hills that flank the Li River, the fishermen on their frail-looking bamboo rafts, the strange rock formations you get to see along the way. But ...

Greece

Ruinous Parking

This shot dates back from the very first of my 11 trips to Greece. My wife (whom you can see in the car) and I had driven our Simca Aronde from France through Italy, then onto a ferry, and up the ...

Spain

Spanish Depth Of Field

When I recently pulled out this shot of the Spanish countryside in the 1960s, it reminded me of my childhood when I would watch farmers work in the fields of Burgundy in eastern France. In case ...

Bulgaria

Save The Last Bulgarian Dance

In the lobby of my hotel on the shores of the Black Sea, locals in full folkloric attire were dancing to traditional tunes. It felt strangely familiar, having had my own experiences preserving the ...

Turkey

One-Of-A-Kind Skyline

I found striking cityscapes all around the world, from the feng-shui buildings of Honk Kong to Rio de Janeiro's lush bay and the odd-looking houses of Indonesian villages — but to me there's ...

United States

Sunshine State By Night

Before we were able to feast on these luscious oranges and grapefruits of Florida's many roadside stands, my wife and I had gotten off to a rather bumpy start in the "Sunshine State." Landing ...

Italy

Cloudy With A Chance Of Italian Farniente

We often flocked to Italy for Spring, as weather there tends to be better than in my sometimes rainy neck of the French woods. But mornings can be a bit cloudy — nothing to worry this woman at ...

Germany

Soviets Soldiers, Past And Present

In the background, one of Treptower Park's massive monuments commemorating Soviet soldiers fallen during World War II. In the foreground, real-life Soviet soldiers still trooping around the ...

Bolivia

Flying (And Landing) High In La Paz

La Paz's airport delivers on its name: El Alto is indeed the highest international airport in the world. Luckily neither my wife Claudine (pictured here in the foreground) nor I suffered from ...

Sri Lanka

A Happier Kind Of Philosophy

I'm not a religious person. As a philosophy teacher, my go-to thinker was Spinoza, who once wrote that religion was created "to deceive the people and to constrain the minds of men" But I guess ...

Brazil

Ninja Fruit On Brazilian Roadside

Fruit vendors were a common sight when we drove through Brazil's Minas Gerais state. My wife Claudine didn't have to wait long: It took this woman no longer than three minutes to expertly slice ...

Canada

Miles And Miles Across Canada

In the westernmost point of British Columbia, we found the "Mile 0" marker of the Trans-Canada Highway. Though we covered a lot of Canadian ground, we never made it the 4,860 miles across to the ...