Where I write now

Posted Posted in Writing & Publishing

I’m no longer blogging here, on my own website, but you can find my current writing – essays on our times and pieces on place – on Substack at Ways of Seeing. The blogs published between 2014-2020 on topics largely related to nature, spirituality and our relationship to place, remain here as an archive.

View of Lisbon and sea under sunlit clouds

Lisbon, City of Pants

Posted Posted in Place & Travel

Midwinter in Lisbon. Even with much of its tourism and nightlife stifled by the pandemic, this cosmopolitan city has a gentle buzz, and its eighteenth-century streets are flooded with the light of southern Europe and the surrounding sea. Set on an estuary flowing into the Atlantic, it feels, climatically and culturally, both warm and cool. […]

Post-pandemic pleasure: the French recover the art of living

Posted Posted in People & Politics, Place & Travel

“We are going to get back to our ‘art de vivre’ and recover our taste for liberty,” President Macron told France on June 14. A month later, I took the train-under-the-water from London and found that, indeed, the Parisians are resuming their usual pleasures. Masks are worn widely on public transport and in shops, but a sense of […]