Postcards from a solo adventure traveler…
There is no surer way to keep the impending winter at bay than a leisurely late fall escapade around the sun-drenched islands of the Caribbean. And in these dark days of Coronavirus confinement, the glorious days aboard the Silver Whisper make for especially precious memories – and a reminder that my traveling days will return.
Created over a span of 40 years by French artist Jacques Majorelle, then saved from oblivion by couturier Yves Saint-Laurent for whom it became a major source of inspiration, the Majorelle Garden remains an exotic botanical haven in the heart of Marrakech.
Among the wealth of historical and cultural sites concealed within the massive sandstone walls of the Medina of Marrakech, none are more remarkable than the opulent palaces built over the centuries to house the city’s rulers in death as well as in life.
From the pulsating energy of the souks and the grandeur of the ancient palaces to the heady fragrance of African spices and the majestic sunsets over the copper-colored ramparts, the Medina of Marrakech fascinates with its exotic allure.
The first art Museum in France to be open to the public (in 1750), the Musée du Luxembourg is now one of Paris’ premier temporary exhibit galleries. Through a series of masterpieces on loan from the Tate Britain Museum, its current exhibit pays an exceptional tribute to the 18th century masters who shaped the Golden Age of English painting.
Home to the Alhambra, the most emblematic tribute to seven centuries of Islamic legacy to the Iberian Peninsula, the Andalusian city of Granada retains a Moorish atmosphere to this day.
Although Cordoba had been an important settlement since Roman times, it was the Moors’ conquest in the eighth century a.d. that gave it the Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture in the world.
Throughout Andalusia, displays of Catholic might compete with the memories of Moorish rule. Especially in Seville, where the largest Gothic cathedral in the world sits on the site of the great 12th century Aljiama mosque, just a few steps away from the magnificent Alcàzar palace, built by Christian kings in the post-Islamic Mudéjar style.
The Spanish province of Andalusia is a land of striking contrasts. From ancient white villages and cities dominated by Moorish palaces to artisan vineyards nested in the rugged valleys of the Sierra Nevada mountains, it is a fascinating road trip destination.
Since the start of the new millennium, France is seeing an explosion of contemporary architectural brilliance from some of the world’s greatest structural and landscape artists. They have conceived a new crop of outstanding museums that go beyond their historic role as custodian of the cultural and artistic heritage of the country to become works of arts onto themselves.
The National Center for Stage Costume is the first institution in France to be entirely dedicated to the preservation, study and display of a unique collection of stage costume and scenography spanning the past two centuries.
From Phoenician shipping settlement to Roman trading center to Medieval Cathar stronghold, the Beziers-Adge area of the Mediterranean coastal plain of the Languedoc is bursting with remains of its rich and varied history.
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…