Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

My 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

In a year of travel taking me from Austria to Australia, Boston to Bangkok, Malta to Macedonia, Kyoto to Koh Lanta, the good times have been so good. To commemorate the year, I decided to do a round-up of my best travel moments of 2013. Rest assured, as good as the times rolled, it certainly wasn’t [...]

Storm Arrives in Paris

The best photos have everything to do with timing.  Maybe it’s waiting for the precise moment for your subject to be in the perfect position; maybe it’s a case of waiting for the best lighting of the day. In this case, it was when a storm arrived. After four days of searing heat and bright [...]

The Joys and Challenges of Traveling with a Project

Traveling on the SOTM tour has been an incredible experience so far.  I’ve never done a trip like this before — doing a project and taking it around the world. Sure, you could consider this site a project, but doing Someone Once Told Me has been so different.  Everywhere Mario and I go, we ask [...]

The Lost Generation is Alive and Well in Paris

When I first read The Sun Also Rises, I was captivated by the Lost Generation — the American and British expats who lived on the Left Bank of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, creative types, who spent their days writing in cafes, their nights dancing in bars. Employment was nebulous at best, a necessity [...]

Père Lachaise Cemetery: Eternal Rest for Brilliant Minds

It took six trips to Paris, but I finally made it to the world’s most visited cemetery: Père Lachaise. What took me so long?  Years ago, I remember hearing that it wasn’t located in the best neighborhood. And like we so often do, I carried that unverified nugget of knowledge in the back of my [...]

Living the Parisian Life in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

When I first landed in Paris at age 16, my favorite neighborhood was Montmartre.  The artists, the views, the hills — it just captivated me. But as I grew up, I found myself falling for an entirely new neighborhood.  Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the sixth arrondissement. Saint-Germain is located on the Left Bank of the Seine, just southwest [...]

A Dazzling Night at the Moulin Rouge

When I was 17, I saw the movie that would become my obsession for the next year — a tale of romance and deception, a light-hearted comedy slowly descending into tragedy, filled with zany music and wild and colorful costumes, bearing one message: The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved [...]

Christmas in Paris

Each time I’ve been to Paris, it’s been during a different time of year.  I’ve experienced rainy April days, the tourist swam and local flight of August, chilly October nights, near-perfection in June, and the freezing temperatures and soldes of January. On this trip, my sixth, I visited in December — and got to experience [...]

The “I Could Totally Live Here” List

Throughout the world, I’ve found places that I’ve fallen in love with — perfect beaches, isolated islands, wild and interesting cities of all sizes.  New places are constantly being added to my list of favorite places in the world. But could I live there?  That requires a whole different set of criteria.  In an ideal [...]

Ile Saint-Louis: The Other Island in the Seine

In Paris, two islands fill the Seine: Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint-Louis.  The former gets all the fame: it’s the geographical center of Paris, and today is home to Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chappelle.  No matter how you get to Paris, flying via Flybe, train, or by car, you WILL end up on Ile de [...]