food / travel

Indonesia

Music Soothes The Sulawesi

This concert, courtesy of the Toraja people, provided a welcome balance to our day: My wife and I had just witnessed a traditional burial, in this village of southern Sulawesi — and it ...

Martinique

Home Is Where The Mailbox Is

Some 7,000 kilometers away from my neck of the woods in eastern France, Martinique feels like home. In this French overseas region in the Lesser Antilles, people speak French, pay in euros ... but ...

Norway

The Gateway To Norway

Svolvaer is one of the first scenic stops upon entering the famous Lofoten archipelago of northern Norway. The fishing village, with its typical wooden red houses, offers a nice warmup to the ...

Romania

Not Sure About That Romanian Style

For a moment, the streets of Sibiu turned into a fashion show — and that woman didn't seem too convinced by the man's dress sense ... Was it the traditional căciulă sheepskin hat, or something ...

Italy

Dry As A Sardinian Sculpture

These wrinkly clay busts were sitting in the backyard of a Sardinian sculptor's workshop. With the sun on their grimacing faces, this felt like the right image to share today as temperatures broke ...

Tunisia

Carthage Must (Not) Be Destroyed

Carthago delenda est. "Carthage must be destroyed." As I was wandering the ruins of the ancient capital (near modern-day Tunis) I had Cato's famous oratorical phrase stuck in my head ... ...

China

The Not-So-Zen Li River

There are things photographs capture well: the lush hills that flank the Li River, the fishermen on their frail-looking bamboo rafts, the strange rock formations you get to see along the way. But ...

Greece

Ruinous Parking

This shot dates back from the very first of my 11 trips to Greece. My wife (whom you can see in the car) and I had driven our Simca Aronde from France through Italy, then onto a ferry, and up the ...

India

Past And Present Mingle In The Vibrant Markets Of Delhi

NEW DELHI — While growing up we were subjected, like most school-going children in this country, to rather boring texts in class. The texts were taught by teachers who were even less ...

France

Parisian Visitors And Natives

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." Now unlike Ernest Hemingway, ...

Venezuela

Visiting A Surprisingly Quiet And Cheerful Side Of Caracas

A recent trip to Caracas showed a city where many people continue to function for better or worse...

Chile

Mexico To China, Trump's Tariff Bullying Is Bound To Backfire

President Donald Trump's threat to raise tariffs against Mexico over immigration is political bla...

Bulgaria

Save The Last Bulgarian Dance

In the lobby of my hotel on the shores of the Black Sea, locals in full folkloric attire were dancing to traditional tunes. It felt strangely familiar, having had my own experiences preserving the ...

Colombia

Cold Economics For Colombia's Coffee Growers

The country faces dramatic debt levels among small-scale coffee farmers, as prices fall on world ...

Turkey

One-Of-A-Kind Skyline

I found striking cityscapes all around the world, from the feng-shui buildings of Honk Kong to Rio de Janeiro's lush bay and the odd-looking houses of Indonesian villages — but to me there's ...

France

Vegan Or Gluten-Free: Hard To Swallow In France

The "exceptional" eaters are tolerated if it's part of a medical treatment. But when it's based o...

France

Baking With The French Pastry King Is No Piece Of Cake

A Le Monde journalist attempts to keep up with French baking superstar Pierre Hermé, one o...

Lithuania

The Dashing Priests Of Vilnius

The many beautiful Roman Catholic churches in Lithuania's capital are a sight to be seen ... as are the glorious beards of certain priests strolling the city's ...

Argentina

Why Argentina's Famous Beef Has Gotten So Fatty

Argentine laws set a minimum weight for slaughtered cattle, forcing farmers to produce "fattened"...

United States

After Mueller, What's Next For Trump — And America?

WASHINGTON — Next, more of the same, but with more entrenched division, a bitter crossfire of allegations and then, finally, a reckoning in the form of the 2020 presidential election. The ...

United States

For Trump and Rubio, "Fixing" Venezuela Is A Recipe For Votes

The aggressive Republican stance on Venezuela reflects an attempt to seduce Latino voters in Flor...

Italy

Cloudy With A Chance Of Italian Farniente

We often flocked to Italy for Spring, as weather there tends to be better than in my sometimes rainy neck of the French woods. But mornings can be a bit cloudy — nothing to worry this woman at ...