Europe

Bordeaux, September 2015

I really only had one full day here in Bordeaux, with a late plane arrival last night and an early train departure tomorrow, but really enjoyed spending the day wandering the city with no particular agenda in mind nor even a map in hand. It’s a remarkable city, with so many preserved buildings, very old Cathedrals and churches, a pronounced Mediterranean feel...

Standing at the Edge of the World

I normally follow the belief that there is no scene in the world improved by my presence in it, so you will never see a photograph of me in front of the Eiffel Tower or some towering Glacier. Beard selfies aside, I generally don’t photograph myself very often, but two evenings ago, standing at what seemed like the edge of the world, it was hard to resist. After...

Why Do I Love Iceland So Much?

Given that this is my third trip to Iceland in as many years, people are always interested to know what I love so much about the country, and I’m not sure that I have ever been able to give a complete answer. As I was driving with a new friend from France today, though, I think I started to stumble towards an answer. We were talking about the difficulty of taking...

A Quiet, Cold, Rainy, Snowy Day in Isafjordur

While my friends back home are battling heat and smoke, here in Isafjordur the climate is a bit different: it has been raining and snowing (a bit) since about 4:00 p.m. yesterday. That’s led to a quiet day of visiting museums, the library, and a bakery and coffee shop that has been open since 1871. In a delightful cultural juxtaposition after seeing fishing...

Rome, December 2014

After the modern bustle of Paris, the charms of Rome were an entirely different experience. What I most loved about Rome was the feeling of simultaneously being in 44 BCE, 1500 CE, 1950 CE, and 2015 CE. In the course of one block, you could see a fragment of an ancient column, a church constructed in the Middle Ages, and the most absurd traffic I’ve experienced...

Iceland, March 2014

This was the trip of the open road, no itinerary, and free discovery. Renting a camper from Happy Camper and Iceland’s liberal laws about open camping meant I could drive where I wanted and sleep when and wherever I felt tired.  Some of the best moments of this trip were entirely unplanned, like unexpectedly arriving at the Thorofoss waterfall after deciding...