New Zealand beckons: Milford Sound

New Zealand beckons: Milford Sound

      According to Maori legend, Lake Wakatipu was formed when the body of a sleeping giant was burnt by a Maori warrior, who wanted to ensure that the giant could never kidnap his beautiful daughter again. The fire caused the ice and snow on the surrounding mountains...
Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus Buildings

Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus Buildings

I walk on Tel Aviv’s first boulevard—Rothschild Boulevard, which is an avenue lined with ficus and sycamore trees and dotted with benches and outdoor coffee kiosks. Both sides of the boulevard are lined with magnificent homes. I see building after building with prow...
Coconut and Mangrove Dreams

Coconut and Mangrove Dreams

I am standing on a stunning cliff-top, situated between two deserted strips of honey colored beaches, looking across a jade colored infinity pool fringed by palm trees. Away from the bustle of Kovalam, near Trivandrum, Kerala is Niraamaya Surya Samudra (part of Relais...
Hand It To Antwerp

Hand It To Antwerp

Where do I begin? The train station that looks like a Cathedral? The Diamond District? Or the cutting edge fashion scene? Maybe I should start with a story. Antwerp—A city terrorized by a giant called Druon Antigoon who made all the passing ships pay a toll; a brave...
The Pleasures of Arcachon

The Pleasures of Arcachon

Faust, Toledo, Mona Lisa, Amadeus … I am in Arcachon, just an hour’s drive from the wine city of Bordeaux. Many of the streets and homes here take their name from famous characters of operas, men and plays. It’s hard to believe that long ago this was just an...