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In Musanze

In Musanze

This story was a long time in the works, but I’m delighted to have it appear courtesy of my editor, Don George. The story of Rwanda is one that deserves to be heard. Plus, the place is under my skin. I can’t wait to go back. Read Renaissance in Rwanda here, on Wanderlust at GeoEx.

Clearing the chimp trek, Nyungwe

Clearing the chimp trek, Nyungwe

From the porch at Mountain View Lodge, Virunga

From the porch at Mountain View Lodge, Virunga

Tea plantation, Nyungwe National Park

Tea plantation, Nyungwe National Park

Lakeside, Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Akagera

Lakeside, Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Akagera

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I was thrilled to interview Admiral James Stavridis about books and reading. He is the former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and is now the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, my alma mater. Read the interview here on The Millions.

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Behind the wheel in Burgundy.  Illustration by Candace Rose Rardon

Behind the wheel in Burgundy.
Illustration by Candace Rose Rardon

This is my piece in BBC Travel‘s essay column Words and Wanderlust, edited by the incomparable writer and gentleman Don George. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. There is nothing more romantic than a trip through France alone.

Teatime in Paris, solo Illustration by Candace Rose Rardon

Teatime in Paris, solo
Illustration by Candace Rose Rardon

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Very happy that my story, ‘Waiting for the Sun in Vieques’ that first ran in Gadling is in Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 10. Each year, this is always one of my most anticipated reads and editor Lavinia Spalding does an incredible job of curating and editing this anthology from Travelers’ Tales. Order the book here. I’m in incredible company, sharing the pages with some gifted female storytellers.

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My discovery of the summer: Philadelphia is my favorite American city. Gritty, authentic, with real urban flair. Kind of what New York used to be. Plus the food is incredible. I spent six weeks there, during which time I was editing 100 Places in France, and I had the feeling I was in a French city. Two rivers, street life, packed cafés, I could have been in Lyon. Happily, I had the good luck to contribute this piece for Yahoo on some of the best parts of this great city.

Macarons from Sugar Philly

Macarons from Sugar Philly

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My first trip to the Riviera was when I was eighteen, and I’ve returned countless times. The Mediterranean is different there, the light so white, the air so piercing. It’s understandable why writers and artists have found fertile ground for their ideas there. In this article for Yahoo Travel, I point out some of my favorite places on the Côte d’Azur – but I did not include the house on the race in Villefranche I dream about, where I’d love to write one day.

The rade in Villefranche

The rade in Villefranche

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I’ve wanted to write for Yahoo’s incredible Travel site since it was revamped and expanded, so I’ve been thrilled to be a regular contributor – especially as I’ve been traveling so often to France for the book. Plus, the editors are wonderful there. My first piece was about The Best Views in France. Here is one of them, from the Colline du Château in Nice.

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Marie Claire January 2014

My story on incredible people doing incredible things in Rwanda, 20 years after the genocide. Do read it here or better yet, pick up a copy!

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