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FAVE FIVE | SAINT-MALO [the best is free]

FAVE FIVE | SAINT-MALO [the best is free]

I’ve often been asked, “What is your favorite place in the world?” and in all my years of travel, I never had an answer. Until now. My favorite place in the world is Saint-Malo, a town in Brittany, on the northwest coast of France. (more…)
TANGIER | FAVE FIVE

TANGIER | FAVE FIVE

Tangier. My fave five. (You can get the mother lode of things to do in any guidebook—these are my personal favorites.) 1. LE SALON BLEU Rue de la Kasbah (entrance at 71 rue Amrah) From the rooftop terrace of Le Salon Bleu (photo at top) is the stunning view over…
TANGIER: Dar Nour Guesthouse

TANGIER: Dar Nour Guesthouse

After rockin’ the Kasbah to find it, I opened the door into the charming Dar Nour Guesthouse. The “House of Light” is actually five houses connected by passageways and flights of stairs leading to its seven guest rooms and the rooftop terraces that overlook the Bay of Tangier on one…
BOOK | Paris Views | Gail Albert Halaban

BOOK | Paris Views | Gail Albert Halaban

One of my guilty pleasures in my travels around the world is peering into the windows of homes.  Not in a creepy way, mind you.  I’m just fascinated to see the way that people live. (Think Hitchcock’s film, “Rear Window.”) New York photographer, Gail Albert Hallaban, has used this theme…
LISBON | FADO AT TASCO DO JAIME DA GRAÇA

LISBON | FADO AT TASCO DO JAIME DA GRAÇA

In Lisbon there are scores of fado music shows, pretty much everywhere you look — but if you know anything about me, you’ll understand that the last thing I wanted to see was a show for tourists. So I found Tasco do Jaime da Graça. It’s now one of my…
LISBON | IGREJA DE SÃO DOMINGOS

LISBON | IGREJA DE SÃO DOMINGOS

When I walked into Igreja de Sāo Domingos, my intent was to gaze at the dazzling period details, examine the venerable statuary and artwork, take some pictures, light a candle, and be on my way. I certainly did not expect to be moved to tears. The cavernous sanctuary was ravaged—pillars…