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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 ...

France

Parisian Visitors And Natives

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." Now unlike Ernest Hemingway, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Lithuania

The Dashing Priests Of Vilnius

The many beautiful Roman Catholic churches in Lithuania's capital are a sight to be seen ... as are the glorious beards of certain priests strolling the city's ...

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 ...

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 ...

France

The French Venice

Port Grimaud, near Saint-Tropez in southern France, has it all. Canals, bridges, islets ... It's just missing a couple of ...

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 ...

Indonesia

What Lies Beyond The Indonesian Gate

Cross this gate and you'll step into the land of the Toraja, in Indonesia's South Sulawesi region. Keep your eyes peeled: from traditional Batak houses to spooky funeral rites and even a buffalo ...

Italy

Italy, Pasta Così

The Italian border is just a four-hour drive from my hometown. Over the years, I ended up going to Italy with my family dozens of times, to enjoy the seaside, the beautiful architecture, the warm ...

Brazil

Something Fishy On The Brazilian Market

Belém's Ver-o-Peso market, in the background of this photograph, is one of the largest open-air markets in Latin America. But when I came across this 26-year-old slide, it was the smell not the ...

Turkey

Swimming Only Under Child Supervision

Our travels didn't exactly involve many days at the beach. But as we drove in the Turkish heat, we paused here and there so our 13 year-old little mermaid Cécile could splash around. Times like ...

South Africa

My South African Spider Safari

Our trip to South Africa took us to Kruger National Park, where we got great views of zebras, crocodiles, giraffes — you name it. But we got closest of all to this little guy in a Durban hotel ...

Brazil

Life On The Amazon

You can travel the world for more than 60 years without being an aventurier, per se. Still, we got pretty close from the relative comfort of our Amazon cruise where we saw this passing moment of ...

China

Snapping Turtle Photos In China

Since turtle shells are used in traditional Chinese medicine and their meat is considered a delicacy there, this bit of Guangzhou's street market is definitely not a pet sale. ...

Turkey

The Plastic Ruins Of Turkey

One of my two granddaughters used to live in Özdere, a quiet village on the Turkish coast near Izmir. I went there a couple of times, taking the opportunity to visit the nearby ruins of the ...

Bolivia

Bolivia's Mysterious Monolithic Monk

Like their Easter Island counterparts, the giant statues of Tiwanaku, in western Bolivia, are shrouded in mystery. For example, the stone used for this "Monk" monolith comes from a quarry nearly ...

Egypt

Tora Prison Diary: Conjuring Harry Potter Magic In The Darkness

Abdelrahman al-Gendy, a standout student and Harry Potter aficionado, was just 17 when he was arr...