Pitești

There is a saying in Romania that, if you walk thirty minutes in any direction, you’ll find an impoverished Gypsy. In the back-country around Pitești, the saying sounds about right. The Romani were the first to be laid off in the industrial collapse that followed the end of […]

Julian

We first arrived in the California desert expecting to find Lawrence of Arabia–all romantic, pristine sand dunes with wisps of dust devils trailing off into the air. The reality was more of a trash heap, at least in the more accessible areas, with all manner of household and […]

Venice-Boothville

Everything has to end somewhere, and the Mississippi River, The Great River Road, and the peninsula at the very tip of the State of Louisiana all peter out near this magnificent Black Cormorant bayou in the famous Mississippi delta. The mighty river and its road arrive here after […]

Tejon Pass

For the uninitiated, The Big One refers to a magnathrust earthquake predicted by some geologists for the San Andreas Fault in Southern California, to occur sometime in the next century. What makes the event particularly threatening is the string of finger faults that feed off the main fault […]

Tucson

Early jet fighters crowd the fields of the Boneyard, as this section of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is popularly known, in Tucson, Arizona. More than 4,200 war planes of every type and description have been retired here since World War II, making for a breathtaking illustration of the […]

Roma

SPQR stands for the Latin phrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus and refers to the Senate and People of the ancient city of Rome. In the days of the Roman Republic, the acronym found its way onto everything from grand monuments and legionnaire standards to coins and pothole covers. The […]

English

In Eastern Europe all of the way to the Bosphorus, everyone speaks English–except for the tourists. Whether it’s a French girl talking to her Romanian uncle, an Austrian passenger ordering coffee from a Turkish conductor, or an Italian with a defective passport remonstrating with a Bulgarian border guard, […]