Women’s Travel Writers together. Marcia DeSanctis, Lavinia Spalding, Colleen Kinder at The Mount Photo: Restless Books I’ve gotten to know Edith Wharton quite a bit over the course of writing 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go. It was therefore a privilege to discuss her with two formidable women in their own right, Lavinia Spalding and Colleen Kinder […]
It’s the middle of October and the throngs have gone home. Where that is it’s hard to know, but there is a clear breeze wafting through, as if the roads themselves can breathe now that they are relieved of the traffic and congestion that gums up the corniches all during the high season. […]
The town of Villefranche-sur-Mer seems to be rather mum on the subject of its most famous residents, the Rolling Stones. They lived there during the summer of 1971 in the Villa Nellcote, a mansion overlooking the Mediterranean, and recorded much of Exile on Main Streetwithin the seclusion of its iron grates. This was chronicled […]
When I get ready for a trip, I put different parts my life inside of a container. Toothpaste, a bathing suit, a raincoat, trousers for day and night, too many shoes. Never enough tank tops (which I wear under the sweaters I usually forget). What ends up in my suitcase is always an accident and […]
I have a new and exciting project – a book called, “100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go,” to be published by Travelers Tales in Palo Alto, CA in 2014. This is not a guidebook per se, but more of a bucket list with a women’s perspective for people who love France, or might yet […]
I’m here on the Côte d’Azur to gather background material for some magazine articles, in the place where luxury came to nestle over a century ago in custom-built mansions among wild jasmine and palm trees. The odors of rose and citrus seem to be brewed in the coves that carve giant scallops into the coastline. It’s the […]
My head was pleasantly heavy upon arrival in Cannes. Air France – may it ever be so – still serves complimentary champagne even in economy class, and who am I to refuse it? We no longer wear white gloves when we board an airplane, but the French know that the voyage means nothing unless it is punctuated […]
I will be reading with my colleagues, the very talented Colleen Kinderand Katherine Jamiesonon Wednesday October 9 at the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, CT. The event is “Meet an Author at 5.” Please join us!
I will be reading from Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9 at the Restless Legs Reading Series, brainchild of the brilliant David Farley, at 7 pm Monday September 9 at Solas, 232 East 9th St, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. As always, I urge you to buy the book from independent booksellers.
I don’t know who created this lovely drawing of Book Passage in Marin County. But I’d love to give him/her credit. It’s an honor to be reading from Best Travel Writing Volume 9 at the great Book Passagein Corte Madera, California on August 7. With Larry Habegger, Erin Byrne, and Tim Cahill no less.
Recently, I attended an interview with the Welsh writer, Jan Morris. It was conducted on the stage at the Times Center in New York by author and editor Don George, who has his own stellar travel writing resume. The event, hosted by Geoex, was a benefit for the American Himalayan Foundation, its hook being the 60th anniversary of […]
When I’m home alone, I’m lonely. When I travel alone, I’m free.My husband and I once had a friend we referred to as Obvious Man. We knew him when we lived in Europe and he liked to practice his English with declarations that sometimes were, well, obvious. Things like: “You like hamburgers because they are […]
I wrote this essay for a series called ‘My Happy Age’ in the British magazine Easy Living, and since there’s no link, I wanted to post it. On an evening last May, my friend and I sat in one of the plushest bars in Manhattan sipping white orchid Martinis, a prohibitively expensive drink […]