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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first piece I ever wrote for Vogue is finally online today.
This is an essay I wrote about a trip to Northern Sweden in February. It is available on Overnight Buses for the iPad, published in Wisconsin and one of the most revolutionary and gorgeous travel publications, period. It is also a free download on the app store – please have a look.
- For BBC Travel: Solo in France
- An Essay in Tin House
- On chocolate, Rivieras shoes, and Merci bracelets
- Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 10
- 100 Places in France
- France’s Enchanted Islands for Yahoo Travel
- France’s Atlantic Coast for Yahoo Travel
- Philadelphia for Yahoo Travel
- The Côte d’Azur for Yahoo Travel
- France for Yahoo Travel