For me, no birthday is complete without spending it in Paris. Once again, the city did not disappoint:
Le Marais at 10pm:
A modern take on the French national motto:
Exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris:
Morning in the Tuileries Gardens:
The Rodin Museum:
The facade of the French Ministry for the Outre-Mer (overseas regions):
When it’s freezing in New York, it’s time to escape to warmer climes…like Western Europe. This weekend Paris hit 66 degrees — unreal!
Evening in Le Marais:
The always over-the-top Four Seasons George V:
Robert Adams exhibit at the Jeu de Paume:
Toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin. / All good things must come to an end.
Asia is pretty great, but the journey is pretty damn spectacular, too — so long as you get to enjoy a great airline like Cathay Pacific. I was rather miffed when my 16-hour nonstop flight from Hong Kong to JFK in New York only lasted 14 1/2 hours!
A wander around the swampy Singapore…
National Museum of Singapore:
Singapore Art Museum:
Central Business District:
CBD from Fort Canning Park:
Kampong Glam / Muslim Quarter:
I’m admittedly a creature of habit when I travel, especially in a place like Paris where I have clear favorites. This Thanksgiving, though, I decided to switch things up and explore other areas, like Belleville and Ménilmontant in the northwest of the city, with its busy street life and the amazing vistas, and south into the 13th arrondissement, around Tolbiac, with its clustering of Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine (my fav).
All decked out for Christmas under the rotunda at Galeries Lafayette:
Earlier this year when I first discovered the Jack Russell brand during a birthday trip to Paris, I managed to hold myself back from buying a bag for myself. For the past six months I’ve been thinking about that bag, so this time, I couldn’t resist. I stopped into the tiny, almost-impossible-to-find, atelier tucked into Rue d’Alger near the Tuileries, where the staff was surprised to see a visitor from the USA! They were so excited to talk about the brand and hand stamp a monogrammed luggage tag (pictured) for my new bag. Expect big things from Jack Russell!
Paris City Hall:
I’ve seen a lot of crazy things in my travels but nothing was as unexpected as coming upon surfers while wandering around the landlocked city this week. It turns out surfers have been riding the waves of the narrow Eisbach River here for decades.
Fall in Bavaria is pretty spectacular. Here’s a taste of this past weekend in Munich:
Over the weekend I had a chance to visit Marrakech for a second time this year — after many years of it lingering on my must-see list — and once again it did not disappoint.
Moroccan breakfast delights (baghrir, harcha) in the Atlas Lounge at Casablanca Mohamed V Airport:
Atlas Mountains on departure from Marrakech:
Living in New York, it’s easy to forget there is a massive city called Philadelphia just an hour away. A quick day trip reminded me that although Philly has interesting architecture and beautiful parks, I just don’t fully “get” the city.
The view from atop the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society Building:
It’s quite truly the dog days of summer in Midcoast Maine:
A perfect week in Paris of spectacular weather, good friends, and good drink to celebrate getting another year older!
From atop the Centre Pompidou:
Hotel de Ville:
Along the Seine:
Jardin des plantes:
Bright as day at 9:30 p.m. in the Marais:
Daytime in Jemaa el-Fnaa, the main square of Old Marrakech:
Nighttime in Jemaa el-Fnaa:
In the Medina:
After arriving into Marrakech from Paris on Royal Air Maroc, I was greeted with this terrific weather and a fantastic terminal:
Who doesn’t love Paris in springtime? (And summer…and fall…and winter?)
The view from atop the Centre Pompidou:
Rue des Barres:
Resin sculpture “Bonbon Drapeau Qatar” in yard of the Embassy of Qatar:
Notre Dame on Easter morning:
The inner workings of the crazy facade of the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute):
Hotel de Ville (city hall):