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I took a little trip to Portugal with my dear friends John and Claire, who had an unexpected opportunity to come to Europe. I arrived in…

Last week I paid a visit to a city I have long been interested in seeing. Thanks to friends of my sister, Caroline & Olivier,…

There’s a blessedly empty field outside the village of St Cannat, where one has a view of the Platanes-lined road to Salon. I am fortunate…

My niece and her family live outside of London, amid a bucolic setting crisscrossed by footpaths. I visited in June and my eyes, used to…

I never really noticed these trees, which look related to aspens and birches, but have a coarser bark. There are a bunch along the stream…

This is a typical view of the coastal range that runs perpendicular to the Point Reyes peninsula. After a long day’s hike at Point Reyes, the…

It’s not unusual to have Christmas lunch outside on the terrace at my sister’s house in St Cannat. Here, my great-niece Léa ran ahead of…

For my honeymoon back in the ’90s we visited the north rim of the Grand Canyon in late September. It was the blazing aspens, delicate yet…

Used to live in Berkeley, which like all the towns surrounding the San Francisco Bay, was subject to blinding blankets of fog coming through the…

Limantour, one of the big beaches of Point Reyes, changes every time there is a storm. Each time I return, I find new sand formations—dunes and…

Depending on the light, fog sometimes looks fluffy and light, and sometimes looks oppresive. But almost always, it lifts, and we can see the promising…

Just back from a short visit with a friend to Italy’s capital. The city is much smaller and greener than I remembered, and looks like…

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