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Paris for Dessert

My first planned trip to Paris was in my mid-20’s and I decided to take a vacation with a handful of friends. We drove to JFK Airport and got stuck in between the shuttle bus shifts in long-term parking. By the time we got to the gate, Air France had just closed the flight and gave our seats away. They had two seats left and two of our companions went. Three of us decided to go later and one went solo. Needless to say, this is the second Air France flight in my lifetime where I have “missed” a flight to Paris, but let’s just say this one had a happier ending and I went home with a belly full of food and wine fit for the finest connoisseurs. 😋  A few weeks ago, Air France had a promotion to give away invitations to a culinary dinner experience curated and prepared by venerable French chef Daniel Boulud and his teams at Feast & Fêtes and Restaurant Daniel. Two lucky guests would win a pair of …

The Postcard Project

Do you collect postcards or send them while you are traveling? Far from being obsolete, it is a regular travel ritual for me and I always leave time in a place that I am visiting to roam the streets and search for them, even if I have been to the particular place before. An article recently published in the Washington Post ponders on the question of whether postcards are now obsolete in the age of digital connectivity, Facebook, and Instagram. At just one moment, many simultaneously can be instantly gratified by seeing or reading your posts in one push of a button. If you are one of the creatively gifted ones or have spent years refining your skills in photography, those images or posts may be even better than a postcard that you can pick up on Canal Street, at the tulip market in Amsterdam, or even next to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.    For me, I still send them on my travels. Perhaps the charm is encapsulated in a scene with the actress …

Signs of Summer

With just a few more days of spring left and the weather in New York City heating up towards summer, I thought it would be a perfect time to introduce a photography website after receiving a note and the honor from the folks at NASA Goddard on my Instagram account. My photograph “Umbrellas of Arashiyama” from a visit to Kyoto, Japan earlier this spring was selected as one of the winners of NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement Mission’s “Signs of Spring” photo contest. I had visited Kyoto for the first time 15 years ago and did not have the chance to visit Arashiyama or the Sagano Bamboo Forest at that time. Arashiyama is a UNESCO World Heritage site and many photographers have published photos of the bamboo forest. Since I’ve seen others photos, it immediately made to the top of my list of places to visit while back in Kyoto. the light filtering through the bamboo and greens of the forest compelling for anyone to want to visit there. The umbrellas providing shelter from the elements …