Roger Ebert on Travel, Writing, and Being Lonely

In the wake of the passing of film critic Roger Ebert, I am, like many of Ebert's admirers, revisiting some of his writings. I was particularly struck by this essay, All By Ourselves Alone, in which he discusses his travel rituals in cities like Venice and London. He opens the piece at a familiar Venetian cafe:

The Best American Travel Writing 2012

The Best American Travel Writing 2012 is out. I started writing about travel just a few years shy of the debut, 12 years ago, of this annual series of the best travel stories from American publications. For most of the last dozen years, I have treated myself to the BATW, usually at Christmas time. It's a professional

Ortakoy Mosque - Bosphorus Bridge

#FriFotos – Below the Bosphorus Bridge

Every so often, I like to contribute to the Twitter discussion #FriFotos. This week's topic is "bridge," and I can think of only a few bridges I like as well as the Bosphorus Bridge. A feat of engineering more than a thing of beauty, Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge connects Europe with Asia. When driving over the

Marshall Point Light in Maine

Remember the Maine (Vacation)

A little more than two weeks have passed since I was on vacation in Maine with my family. It was a first time any of us had been in the state and it made a lasting impression. Now I am in the process of going through notes and photographs so that I can attempt to