Bon Voyage

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Assisi – Haven of Peace

Glorious Tuscany

Corsica – Island of Beauty!

Corsica – The beautiful island

London – City on the Go

London – Historic Thames River

London – City on the Go

Seoul – Vibrant Capital of South Korea

South Korea – Guin-sa Temple

Korea – Magical Anapji Pond; Tombs and Tiamo in historic Gyeongju

South Korea – Ancient Royal City of Gyeongju

Scenic Korea – East Sea and Hupo Port

Splendid, spectacular Seoul

Korea – ‘Land of the Morning Calm’

Berzeele and Gueudecourt

Bastogne and Waterloo

Lovely Nancy, Regal Reims

Paris Icon

Clouds- God’s Breath


Beaune and Dijon

Chateaux de la Loire

Saint Malo, Port de Dinan, Dinard

Dol de Bretagne and countryside

Cancale, Oyster Capital of France

Ay-Champagne, My hometown

Paris by night

Paris, Ville Lumiére Part 1

France – Mt. St. Michel, et al.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Fussen, Bavaria

As a young lad in France, I read voraciously, mostly books set in exotic locations featuring heroic, daring young men (sadly, too few young ladies) overcoming life-threatening situations, facing down danger with élan to finally bask in the sunshine of a glorious dénouement.  I dreamt of roaming the most dangerous hot spots in the world, to face the horrible Blue Men of the Sahara, to outwit overwhelming enemy forces, to gallantly save the king’s kidnapped daughter and in like manner transmute as a heroic, noble figure to one and all, me especially but more particularly the daintiest little blonde, my best friend’s upper crust first cousin.  Such glowing daydreams I harbored and not a few nightmares when the giant crocodiles of the Nile came perilously close to my capsized canoe.

Not surprisingly geography was my best subject and I regularly came in first in class.  At the end of the year it was customary to reward students who achieved exceptionally at some subject with books.  In my case I was always thrilled to come home with a fine, leather-bound, gold-leafed book that as appropriate for a geography winner featured far-off lands.  One fine year I was beside myself with joy I’d scored a splendid edition of Marco Polo’s Travels, complete with maps and coloured etchings detailing his amazing journeys to the Far East.  Immediately I devoured that book and thereafter often picked it up to engrave more details to memory.  I determined back then that my calling in life would be to travel to the four corners of the world and although my career in journalism allowed for some foreign travel most of what I did do was as a result of a determination to be true to my youthful promises.

Over the decades I managed to make my way all the way round our beautiful, Blue Planet.  The incomparable Taj Mahal, the Great Buddha of Nara, head-spinning Hong Kong, the floating market of Bangkok, awe-inspiring Vatican, mesmerizing Mt. St. Michel, ethereal Reims Cathedral, the majestic Red Woods of California, the raw beauty of the Canadian Rockies, centuries old Gothic cathedrals and grandiose castles were a thrilling spectacle but encountering other travelers, meeting the native sons and daughters, modest artisans or great artists, folks of different cultures and languages, art and historic background, not to neglect local cuisine and wine, that by far was always the most satisfying of all results.

My wanderlust hasn’t abated with the passing years, indeed, I’m always cogitating upon the next get-away to foreign lands.  Anyone for Madagascar?

4 responses to “Bon Voyage

  1. Impressive! Madagascar, really? I will look forward to seeing some photos! : )

  2. Please accept my apology for neglecting to respond – I simply forgot. However, to make up for such neglect before I leave for Madagascar I’ll let you in on the news first, before anyone else, and if per chance you should also want to join my single-man expedition we may negotiate some kind of equitable arrangement. For example you’ll carry the luggage and I’ll snap the photos, Seems like a good deal to me, how about you?

  3. Madagascar, yes please! As long as your luggage has wheels.

    • My luggage will be on greased wheels, pas de problème! I’m slowing sifting through your blog – lots of interesting tidbits, especially your commentary is fun while being lucid. I like the travel tips too as there’s always a better way to pack and plan an itinerary. I have a dear friend who hailed from that country, escaped during the Pathet Lao period, a born story teller and her tales, true and imagined were mesmerizing. Bonne chance in Vientiane. Jean-Michel le Fabulist

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