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Syria

Aleppo, All That Glitters Is Gone

For millennia, Aleppo was a city of riches, a significant stop on the Silk Road. Sadly, many parts of the Ancient City — including its famous souks — have now been destroyed in the ongoing Syrian ...

Brazil

Street Food Bargain In Brazil

On the waterfront of Salvador da Bahia, a fellow Frenchman was busy bargaining for a plate of Bahian acarajé. The body language of sidewalk commerce is understood all around the ...

Italy

Bari, Port Of Yore

The capital of the southeastern Italian region of Puglia boasts one of the largest ports on the Adriatic. On this scorching hot summer day, both human and cargo traffic was quiet. On the same ...

United States

Lady Liberté From Up Close

Taking pictures of Lady Liberty with my telelens wasn't even the highlight of this crisp October day in New York City: A couple of hours later, on nearby Ellis Island, I had the surprise of seeing ...

United States

Behind The Wheel With A Straight-Talking Uber Driver

The good, the bad, and the bizarre. Part-time Uber operator Andrej Mrevlje offers an honest, inti...

Thailand

Nailing The Thai Dance

In the Thai capital, I remember being treated to a lavish meal involving a variety of authentic Thai dishes, all the while watching a traditional dance performance. Here, the famous — not to ...

Iceland

The Quiet Capital

Reykjavik isn't only the world's northernmost capital, it's also one of the quietest. Overlooking Iceland's beautiful Faxa Bay, the unassuming city of then 110,000 souls looked very peaceful all ...

United Kingdom

A Pirate's Feast

The United Kingdom isn't exactly renowned for its gastronomy, but I (lifelong French bon vivant ) have a special fondness for English pub food. Here in Cornwall, southwestern England, you could ...

Spain

Early To The Aqueduct's Birthday

When my wife and I toured northwestern Spain in the early 1970s, we made sure to visit the Roman aqueduct of Segovia. Two years later would mark its 2,000th birthday. ...

Indonesia

A Balinese Basket Riddle

Can you guess what is traditionally kept under these woven bamboo baskets, on the Indonesian island of Bali? I'll give you a hint: In French, they go ...

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. ...

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 ...

Albania

Albanian Abandon

After six decades of good old film photography, I decided a couple of years ago that it was time to switch to a digital camera. One of the first series with my new gear was in Albania — this ...

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 ...

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 ...

Italy

Sicilian Smiles

Our trip to Sicily came just as legendary Italian magistrate Giovanni Falcone was launching the widest-ranging anti-Mafia probe ever. This light-hearted moment in Palermo reminds me of the famous ...

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 ...

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 ...

United States

Safari On 5th Avenue

I guess for some, it's a jungle out there in Manhattan. ...