Tagged: The Voyageur

Triangle de Choisy, Paris

Triangle de Choisy, Paris

A Parisian visits the heart of her city’s quartier chinoise looking for a quick exotic escape only to realize that it is pure Paris.

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Galerie de Minéralogie

Galerie de Minéralogie

The Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie of the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris has reopened last December with a show called “Trésors de la Terre” (Earth’s Treasures) and chances are this is the kind of exhibition you won’t read about when looking at the arts section. This might sound like an outing for your 8-years-old nephew (and I […]

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Travel: Sakurajima Dinosaur Park

Travel: Sakurajima Dinosaur Park

You have to appreciate the boldness of the good people of Kagoshima, Japan’s southernmost big city. They built a town on a scenic bay that faces a volcano, and a very active one at that. Surely, living with that view every day might help put one’s tiny life in perspective—the perpetual white cloud coming from the top of […]

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Neighborhood: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Neighborhood: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

It had been a long time since I had seen a city with so much graffiti. Still, in Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood it’s not so much the amount but the variety that is striking. Perched on a hill above Rio’s Centro, this old quarter feels worlds away from the modern glitz and gloss you’ll find closer to […]

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An Apartment in Milan

An Apartment in Milan

It took me quite some time to decide in which part of Milan I’d like to rent an apartment. All my preliminary researche made it quite clear that the hypercenter wasn’t the best best and that you had to look at neighborhoods slightly outside of the historic center. I didn’t want to make too extreme […]

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Marble Museum, Estremoz, Portugal

Marble Museum, Estremoz, Portugal

Ever heard of Portuguese marble? I hadn’t either before traveling to the rural region of Alentejo last summer. It seems that the Portuguese are good at a lot of things, but not so good at making them known. Wikipedia tells me Portugal is actually the world’s second exporter of marble, behind Italy, with over 370,000 tons a […]

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Churches of Palermo

Churches of Palermo

If you need to reconcile yourself with the word baroque, Sicily, and specifically Palermo, is the place to go. Forget all the awful things the adjective has been associated with, and meet the true masters of barocco. They might be heavy on the decor, but they’re also surprisingly harmonious. They somehow manage to make floor-to-ceiling patterned […]

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The Desert Landscapes of Egypt

The Desert Landscapes of Egypt

It is entirely possible to fall in love with sand and rocks—just take a trip to to Western Egypt. Deep inside the country’s heartland, where the sea is but a memory from a distant past, lie landscapes that shift all negative connotations of “arid.” The variety of what’s to be seen between the three deserts—Western, Black, White—is like […]

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Chandeliers of Sicily

Chandeliers of Sicily

The creativity and the craftsmanship on display in churches across Sicily was beyond everything I had imagined. They quite often leave literally leave no spot unadorned, which makes it thoroughly rewarding to take time for exploring dark corners and to strain your neck looking above your head. One of the things that particularly caught my eye were the […]

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French Cheesescapes

French Cheesescapes

I’m not sure about the myth of French children tasting wine at an early age, but I was certainly fed cheese and taught about it as a child. It was a vast subject and proper knowledge was de rigueur in order to inform the personal taste which would ultimately shape your personality: do you like your Camembert coulant? […]

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