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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…)
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…
Peace for Paris

Peace for Paris

“The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay, I heard the laughter of her heart in every street café. The last time I saw Paris, her trees were dressed for spring, And lovers walked beneath those trees and birds found songs to sing.” -Oscar Hammerstein II,…
The pen is mightier than the sword

The pen is mightier than the sword

On January 7, 2015, Islamic militant gunmen killed twelve people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, presumably in response to controversial cartoons published by the magazine. Philip Gourevitch, The New Yorker: “The French cartoonist Stéphane (Charb) Charbonnier liked to say, when jihadis repeatedly threatened to silence…
Paris | Guimauves pour la Saint-Valentin

Paris | Guimauves pour la Saint-Valentin

On a quiet Sunday afternoon in Paris, I stumbled upon Meert. The windows were spilling over with delectable and beautifully packaged Valentine’s Day sweets, and I stopped momentarily to gaze through the window. That’s when I saw the marshmallows.  I love marshmallows.  These were big and fluffy and colored in…
People of the World

People of the World

This is Bob Beveridge, in his secondhand violin / collectible shop in Falkland, Scotland. He is playing the prized guitar that was given to him by Roseanne Cash, when she and her famous father traced their roots back to this small village in the Kingdom of Fife. At the risk…