Founded over seven centuries ago in the foothills of the Himalayas as the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Chiang Mai has preserved within its medieval center the Buddhist treasures and traditions that make it today’s cultural capital of Thailand.
This most memorable Thanksgiving Day happened over seven decades ago to people who had never heard of Thanksgiving, but on that particular year had much to give thanks for. I feel it’s especially timely this year, to recall this other time in recent history when “the eyes of the world were upon us,” and we, as a nation united, rose to the challenge.
Long shunned by tourists for its gritty reputation, Marseille, the colorful ancient threshold between France and the Mediterranean basin is undergoing a spectacular renaissance. At its core is the new waterfront Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations.
From its popular Bouchons to internationally revered local chef Paul Bocuse, Lyon is a city that takes its cuisine seriously. Nowhere is that more obvious than at the little known teaching restaurant Vatel.
First a flourishing Gallo-Roman center, then a financial and industrial powerhouse, Lyon has long been a fertile ground for museums. From fine arts to the history of silk, and from Gallo-Roman civilization to the invention of the cinema, there are over 20 museums in Lyon to satisfy the most diverse interests.
There are thousands of neighborhood bistros in Paris, dishing out meals that go from banal to “can’t-wait-to-tell-my-friends.” With its generous and imaginative cuisine, newly open L’Accolade is a clear winner in the “tell” category.
Over the past three decades, talented local artists have narrated the history of Lyon, France, by turning entire buildings into giant trompe l’oeil frescoes.
The Musée Cernuschi is an exquisite gift from its namesake, nineteenth century economist, financier and passionate Asian art collector Henri Cernuschi to the City of Paris.
I was barely in my teens when travel became a driving force in my life. Now as a travel writer and photographer, I have visited over 45 countries in some of the most photogenic corners of the planet, taking tens of thousands of pictures along the way. With my work, I thrive to capture the natural… and cultural uniqueness of each area I visit. Get to know me better…