Homes, sweet homes

November 11, 2020 3:06 pm

A few years ago, for reasons I can’t recall, I acquired a donkey hut in the Molise


Prussian blues

November 1, 2020 8:37 pm

It took me 30 years of traveling to learn that my Heimat is Prussia


Killing time in Thailand

October 22, 2020 4:19 pm

By Day 11, I understand why my windows are sealed shut and why I am not allowed knives

piraeus salamis

Salamis tactics

October 10, 2020 1:32 pm

Piraeus was the point of entry for the notorious plague that afflicted Athens in 480 BC


My debt to Royaumont

October 6, 2020 1:14 pm

A Spanish flag flew on the palace to protect it from the occupying Germans


The most locked-down couple in Eastern Europe

September 30, 2020 12:18 pm

My wife had broken her heel and I was stricken with sciatica

pita shack

Pita Shack flashback

September 6, 2020 11:56 am

The bloody horrors that have waylaid Iraq since the 2003 invasion obliterate thoughts of its glorious past


Happy hours

August 9, 2020 12:05 pm

Tuscany or Provence? It’s the former for me every time

statue of liberty

It’s all relative with the Statue of Liberty

August 3, 2020 12:50 pm

The many mysteries of Emma Lazarus


A ticket to Rye

July 29, 2020 3:48 pm

Rye encapsulates a quintessential sort of Englishness: creative yet conservative, cultural yet parochial


Trekking towards the future

July 26, 2020 12:28 pm

In an economy that favors black economic empowerment, Afrikaners now struggle to find their footing

uzbekistan Dance to the music of time: Celebrations at the ancient Khorezm Mamum Academy, Khiva, 2006

Flavors of the past

July 8, 2020 11:12 am

Visiting Uzbekistan is a huge adventure

Lisbon distinctive trams

Custard and coffee

July 7, 2020 12:20 pm

Lisbon is the perfect weekend destination to do very little

Hong Kong skyline

Farewell, dear Hong Kong

July 5, 2020 11:05 pm

China's new security law delivered a death blow to Hong Kong as we know it


No smokes without buyer

June 27, 2020 12:33 pm

Hunting cigarettes up I-95


Horrors of the plantation

June 10, 2020 4:01 pm

Former slaves who worked for wages still had to buy food from the plantation shop: they were trapped

tbilisi georgia

Czar quality

May 26, 2020 1:48 pm

Under the czars and the communists, Georgia was where Russians went to party

Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas?

May 22, 2020 3:35 pm

The future of Sin City is the future of every American city


Texas or Hell

May 11, 2020 6:24 pm

‘You can go to Hell, but I am going to Texas,’ said Davy Crockett. I think he had a point


Ghost riders in the sky

May 6, 2020 3:25 pm

In Lavenham, American history is unlocked by a pint of fine English ale


Lure of the jungle

April 3, 2020 4:09 pm

The monkeys have become experts not only at stealing fruit from rooms but also at plundering minibars


My polar journey puts coronavirus isolation into perspective

April 2, 2020 12:18 am

My fingers on the kite bar screamed for mercy early in the day. I wore four sets of gloves, but it still felt as if someone ran a blowtorch across them


Epicenes and epicures

March 21, 2020 2:05 pm

While his fellow Germans were rounding up résistants, Jünger was visiting Braque and Picasso


Do cry for her, Argentina

March 13, 2020 5:04 pm

‘Poor people don’t want someone to protect them who is old and dowdy,’ Eva once explained

addis ababa ethiopia

Addicted to Addis

March 9, 2020 5:43 pm

We downed jugs of turbo, a popular Ethiopian concoction of white wine, beer and Sprite