Travel Journalism

Vince Mendoza’s ensemble fetes Miles Davis at Berlin Jazz Festival, 2008

Vince Mendoza’s ensemble fetes Miles Davis at Berlin Jazz Festival, 2008

I feel perfectly at home abroad, a free citizen of the world, as happy birding the cloud forest in the Western Andes as strolling Rome’s Piazza Navona. My travel pieces often comment on music, wine, food, art, and nature. Articles are grouped by subject below. (Do read my recently added 1970s travel journals through the Eastern Mediterranean to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.)

In August 2013, Fodor Travel Guides visited this website and hired me to rewrite/update sections on Boston’s Nightlife, TravelSmart, The Boston Experience, and create a Back Bay Architecture Tour. (2015 updates appear in the 2016 edition.) That meant phoning club-owners and booking agents, contacting hotel publicists, checking webs, and canvassing bars, talking to bartenders and patrons, from Downtown, Back Bay and the South End into Cambridge and Somerville. Best part: taking Boston’s pulse and seeing through fresh eyes the Hub I call home.

Here’s an alphabetical list of travel topics:

Arts: Monet’s Normandy (Boston Phoenix); Rome’s Christmas Presepi [cradles], Restoration of S. Francesco in Assisi, Orvieto’s Cathedral (Boston Herald).

Bicycling: Nantucket, MA; Route 100, VT; Kennebunkport, ME (Boston Herald).

Birdwatching: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Nantucket (Yankee Magazine); Nantucket, Monomoy Island [MA] (Boston Herald); Whale & Seabird Watching (Boston Business Journal); Plymouth Whale & Birdwatching (Patriot Ledger). Dozens of columns in Brookline TAB and Our Town Brookline Magazine. Videoscripts for American Birding Association [Birders’ Exchange] and Migration Productions [Looking Skyward, Epic Journeys].

Canada: Newfoundland (Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times), Montreal; Via Rail, The Trans-Canada Train; Vancouver (Boston Herald).

Massachusetts: Nantucket (Boston Phoenix), see also: birdwatching, bicycling, Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Nature: Monterey [CA] Aquarium and Birdwatching Boats (Patriot Ledger); report from Costa Rica on birdwatching and San Juan museums (The Peregrine, Quetzal Tour newsletter).

Jazz Festival Reports: San Juan, Puerto Rico (Jazz Times); Paris clubs (Jazz Times); Havana Jazz Festival, Cuba (Jazz Times); Jamaica Ocho Rios (Downbeat Magazine); Aruba (Jazz Times); Vancouver [BC, Canada] (Boston Herald); Monterey, CA (Downbeat); Newport, RI; UmbriaJazz [Italy] (summer & winter) (Downbeat, 1990-1995-2000); Wellington [NZ] / Wangaratta [Victoria, Australia] (Downbeat, 1999); Cork, Ireland (Downbeat, 2000); Euromeet (Veneto, Italy) (Downbeat, 2001); Berlin, Germany (Downbeat, 2008, New York City Jazz Record, 2010); Baranquilla, Colombia (Musica Pro, Denver, 2009); Saalfelden, Austria (Downbeat, 2011); Jazz a Vienne Festival, Rhone, France (Downbeat, 2013); TimeInJazz Festival, Berchidda, Sardinia (Downbeat, 2014).

Travel Diaries 1970:
Germany > Greece Diary
East Turkey > Iran Diary
Isfahan > Qom
Caspian > Mashhad
Afghanistan: Herat > Mazar
India: Ferozepore > Delhi
India: Mathura > Vasanari
India/Nepal: Benares > Kathmandu

Nepal: Kathmandu (Christmas) > Mokameh

Travel & Leisure Magazine: Travel pieces, puzzles, advice, Great Weekends (Newburyport, The Berkshires), cameos for a Boston Special Issue.

Wine & Spirits: Victoria’s Wine Region (Boston Herald); Piedmont’s Wines, Roman Restaurants (Middlesex News); Mediterranean Wine Tour (The Tab); see also: Wine Writing.