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Wandering or Traveling

"I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." ~ Hilaire Belloc

I stumbled upon this quotation quite accidentally this morning. It intrigued me. Gave me pause. Provoked my disagreement...

Soul Lag

Soul Delay
Soul Delay by James Morrison, on Flickr

Did you ever get back from traveling and feel like you're not quite at the top of your game? This is especially true with long distance jet travel. You step into a glistening time capsule in Istanbul, for example, and not too long after you step back out of the time capsule into the sunlight of Newark, New Jersey. You're tired and addled. But there's something more. Soul lag.

Johannesburg Flaneur

South Africa, Johannesburg: Fashion show

Rolf Potts: A Flaneur in Fes

Four Horse Power

Four Horse Power (video credit: Meandering Margaux Media)

A Flâneur's Tour of Toronto

"A flâneur is anyone who wanders, and watches, the city. The 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire called the flâneur a “perfect idler” and a “passionate observer.” Baudelaire was a flâneur himself and, when he wasn’t writing poems and spending his trust fund on dandy outfits and opium, he drifted through the streets of Paris.

Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky

Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, Calif., 1944.
Photograph by Ansel Adams (Credit: Shelburne Museum)

The Shelburne Museum goes modern! Again. No, not more motorcycles... The museum's fist modern and contemporary photography exhibition, Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky: Constructed Landscapes, opened on June 19 and runs until October 24.

Top Landmarks in Montreal

Montreal Landmarks
Montreal, Canada (Photo credit: Michel Filion)

Kristin Kizer posted a tidy sumary of Montreal's most noteworthy landmarks. (Did you know there's also a Montreal, Missouri and a Montreal, Wisconsin? We'll check them out another day. Kizer's landmarks are in Montreal, Canada, the largest city in Quebec province.) Just over an hour north of my home in Essex, New York, Montreal is an alluring and convenient destination for my wife and me. When we want a change from the Adirondacks' Champlain Valley, we head north for world class dining, concerts, art exhibitions, accommodations and cultural outings. We feel fortunate to live close enough to Montreal that we can meet friends for dinner or a concert and still drive home to sleep. But even if you live farther afield, check out these top Montreal landmarks to discover what you've been missing.

How to Maintain a Travel Blog on the Road


It's a familiar challenge. You're traveling, hopping from adventure to adventure, and you have tons of fantastic stories to share with your audience, but finding the time, internet access, etc. can be overwhelming. And you're tempted either to skip updates until later, or you miss out becasue you're huddled in an internet cafe trying to keep your travel blog up-to-date.

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