Kayaking and Culture in Le Marche, Italy By Ann Banks Just because I love to kayak does not mean I love remote, untrammeled Nature. For the backdrop of my paddling trip, I wanted a domesticated terrain where humans had intervened – planting vineyards and olive groves, building castles and monasteries. The answer, of course, lay […]
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Mustafapasa: Off the Beaten Track in Cappadocia By Ann Banks In the pop-psych divide between maximizers and sufficers, I am a maximizer, someone who will go to great lengths to secure the best possible outcome. That goes double when I’m planning a trip. I’ll comb through GoNomad and other travel sites until I feel like […]
By Ann Banks Wander around a Moroccan city or village for a while and chances are you’ll be invited into somebody’s home. For us, the moment came just after our arrival in Chefchaouen, an impossibly picturesque town in Morocco’s north. By coincidence, we ran into Ahmed, who was to be our driver starting the next […]
The Conversation flows as freely as the wine every Sunday at Jim Haynes’ legendary Paris salon Ivan, meet Odile, Dick, this is Camilla, Roland, Diego, Giuseppe, Petre, Wolfgang (He’s a chess grandmaster, by the way), Annette, Pablo, Vladimir, Peter, Ljuba, Hassan… Mary, you’re not talking to anyone, come over here! — Jim Haynes, as quoted […]
New Orleans According to “Treme” The new HBO Series is a perfect way to get to know the Post-Katrina Crescent City By Ann Banks It’s 7 o’clock on Tuesday night, the official start time for jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins’ regular gig at Bullet’s Sports Bar. Bullet’s is an unassuming hangout on a street of bungalows […]
You’ve done a walking tour of the French Quarter, feasted on beignets at the Café du Monde, listened to the jazz band at Preservation Hall. Now the real fun can begin.
Morocco’s Ait Bougmez Valley, High in the Atlas Mountains By Ann Banks True or False: The harder it is to get to a place, the more worthwhile it’s likely to be once you arrive. I tend to be convinced of this proposition when I’m in the planning stages of a trip – but less so […]