Perth observations.

Perth observations.

Notes from the Sunset Coast… In a recent podcast interview, the renowned urban planner Alain Bertaud said: “My father always told me, ‘When you travel, you don’t look enough.’ Every time he travelled a lot, he say, ‘I have not looked enough. I’ve not looked enough.’ This was ingrained in me all the time.” This…

Photo essay: Roma invicta

Photo essay: Roma invicta

“I have traveled a great deal in my life, and I should very much have liked to go to Rome, but I felt that I was not really up to the impression the city would have made upon me.” Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections So wrote Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychotherapist and former discipline…

Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju (경주) — the ancient capital Near the end of 2017, I visited the South Korean coastal city of Gyeongju for two days, following an itinerary guide for the country I found on the Internet. Beyond knowing a few cursory details about the place (I knew it had some ruins from an ancient kingdom), I’m…

Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju, South Korea

A day in Jeonju (전주시) — Korea’s culinary heart In late December 2017, I backpacked around South Korea in the freezing dead of winter. The trip started off with four days in Seoul, where I had an absolutely amazing time. But due to a combination of endless soju shots, greasy Korean barbecue dishes, and (most…

A day trip to Versailles

A day trip to Versailles

A portal to the Ancien Régime What draws people to the Palace of Versailles like bugs to a golden light? Is it admiration for French royal history and 17th-century French art? Is it to satisfy a daydream of living in fantastical and exalted opulence? Or is there a darker, sardonic element to it? A macabre…