Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Bali ruined, again

A photo I took in Ubud in 1989 shows the changes on Monkey Forest Road

The long, strange journey of checked luggage

Finally, the answer to how many chances are there along the way to steal my valuables

My family in central Turkey, 1948

A nothing moment on their travels that seems to capture a life now lost


Boat expedition possibly on Lake Titicaca, Peru, c1940s

On a lake in Peru, all the elements came together in a near perfect composition

How I got to Libya one month after the embargo was lifted

Ten years ago the US lifted its embargo on Libya. I landed a month later. It was complicated

Every flight in 24 hours

This video reveals flights, yes, but also population densities, wealth, and history


My new Hermès article is now out

I travel to French Basque country for the latest in the series I write and photograph for Hermès

My twenty years in Egypt

My first trip to Cairo was in 1992. Here are some thoughts on how it has changed

Hand-drawn ryokan map, Kyoto, Japan, 1990

How inexpertly drawn kanji led me out of Asia to the Middle East and Europe


A vial of Saharan sand from the Acacus region in Libya

The Acacus felt so remote that, now, only something as material as sand confirms I was really there

Visiting the land of ethnic cleansing

The triumph of Sarajevo: cosmopolitanism survives the nativists’ war

You are not alone

Artist Corinne Vionnet captures the banality of seemingly unique travel experiences


Visiting the oyster heaven just north of San Francisco

Oysters may be an acquired taste but Tomales Bay is definitely the best place to acquire it

Another dinosaur nears the end, this time in Yemen

Yemen is a hard place to govern but Ali Abdullah Saleh has done a poor job of it all the same

The great China infrastructure build-out is almost over

China’s building boom has been going on for 20 years; a recent visit to Fujian shows that’s ending.


The truth about travel guidebooks

They are no joy to write and they don’t change as much as you think

Blue Guide to Yugoslavia: Paris, France, 1970

A travel guide to Yugoslavia, before war tore it apart

A journey through the Khyber Pass in 1930

A journey in 1930 across the Indian frontier into Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass