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A Slice of Heaven on the Côte d’Azur

Two decades ago I enjoyed one of the most memorable meals of my life on a sun-swept terrace in the village of St-Paul de Vence, in southern France. Today, on a similarly sun-swept day in northern California, I’ve been perusing my journal from that long-ago...

A Funny Thing Happened at the Grocery Store

Ah, international travel! New people to meet. New places to see. New opportunities to make a complete ass of myself. © Anna Bizoń While overseas, I feel it’s my patriotic duty to behave in a way that will reflect well on...

Five Fascinations with the Vermillion Coast

Oops. I fell in love. Maybe it was the wine, maybe the locals, or maybe it was the cerulean sea…but after spending ten days on the grey and golden-shaled Vermilion Coast, which runs between Argelès-sur-Mer to the border village of Cerbère, I decided to call...

The Romance of Possibility

I am walking down a cobbled alley in Venice. The stones are irregular under my feet, and the buildings on either side are so close that I can touch both of them with my outstretched hands. The street is dark and dank; at an opening...

Frances Mayes: Devil in a Blue Apron

Lonely Planet’s new anthology, “A Fork in the Road,” presents 34 stories that explore the intersection of travel, food, and cultural epiphany. Each of the pieces in the book, writes editor James Oseland in his introduction, “says something ineffable about how we process and remember...