food / travel

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 ...

Colombia

Cold Economics For Colombia's Coffee Growers

The country faces dramatic debt levels among small-scale coffee farmers, as prices fall on world ...

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 ...

France

Vegan Or Gluten-Free: Hard To Swallow In France

The "exceptional" eaters are tolerated if it's part of a medical treatment. But when it's based o...

France

Baking With The French Pastry King Is No Piece Of Cake

A Le Monde journalist attempts to keep up with French baking superstar Pierre Hermé, one o...

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 ...

Argentina

Why Argentina's Famous Beef Has Gotten So Fatty

Argentine laws set a minimum weight for slaughtered cattle, forcing farmers to produce "fattened"...

United States

After Mueller, What's Next For Trump — And America?

WASHINGTON — Next, more of the same, but with more entrenched division, a bitter crossfire of allegations and then, finally, a reckoning in the form of the 2020 presidential election. The ...

United States

For Trump and Rubio, "Fixing" Venezuela Is A Recipe For Votes

The aggressive Republican stance on Venezuela reflects an attempt to seduce Latino voters in Flor...

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 ...

Syria

Watch: OneShot — Syria, When War Was Just A Game

When War Was Just A Game (© Étienne Mallard) | OneShot Etienne Mallard has spent a lifetime venturing far and wide. A retired high-school philosophy teacher, he has always considered ...

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 ...

France

Between Ljubljana And Trumplandia, A French Airport Odyssey

WASHINGTON — If you ever want to fly to America from Charles de Gaulle Airport, be sure that you are not landing in terminal 2F, as you might miss your flight, or even get arrested before ...

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 ...

United States

Russia Is Exploiting American Racism

-OpEd- WASHINGTON — Two newly released reports from the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 election have been nothing short of revelatory. Both studies ...

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo, Same Pigeons

Sarajevo's Baščaršija square is known as "Pigeon square." There are moments when the birds are everywhere. In this shot, you may have to look a bit harder to spot them. ...

France

The 2018 Dozen — Our 12 Most Popular Stories Of The Year

LE MONDE Full Translation Of French Anti-#MeToo Manifesto Signed By Catherine Deneuve Some 100 prominent French women artists and intellectuals have issued an open letter in Le Monde ...

United States

Trump Has Kept His Promise: Unprecedented Unpredictability

-Analysis- WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pledged in his campaign that he would not be predictable. He's more than lived up to that promise this week, and along the way, he has made a ...