Antoine de St. Exupery display at a bookstore in Lille, France

Happy Birthday, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, would have been 114 today. Some are taken from us much too soon. Nearly two million copies of Le Petit Prince are sold annually, with sales topping 140 million worldwide, making it one of the top best-selling books in history. It’s also …


Maya Angelou, RIP

I posted a link to these phenomenal 114 seconds on Facebook and G+ in early April on the occasion of her 86th birthday, but they’re certainly appropriate again today with the news of Maya Angelou’s passing. Please enjoy. On 20 January 1993 Angelou delivered ‘On the Pulse of Morning’, the …


‘Like chasing the horizon.’

From Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing via Brainpickings: Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving. That’s No. 6 but I don’t think he ordered them in importance.

Sarajevo Cycle

Two Poems and a Ljubljana-Sarajevo Connection

More than three years have passed since I visited Sarajevo; rare is the day that goes by without a memory or sensation taking me back, even if just fleetingly, to that four-day visit. That’s why I was delighted to agree when an editor of Text Box, the online anthology of …

Still Life with Swiss chocolate, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, Zurich, 28-Aug-2012

Still Life with Swiss chocolate, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith

‘Sweets’ is this week’s twitter travel theme for #FriFotos; this was the only image to immediately come to mind. All things considered, nothing was as sweet this year as the few days I spent with Patti Smith‘s memoir, Just Kids. (But yes, the chocolate was pretty good, too.) Indeed, if …

Nanning, China, 14-Oct-2010

On Capturing the ‘Spirit of Place’

Last night I began reading “The New New Journalism: Conversations with America’s Best Nonfiction Writers“, by Robert S. Boynton – the subject matter is self-explanatory from the title. I’m hooked. I’ve only gotten past the intro, preface and first chapter and have already lost count of all the notes scribbled …

Piran, facing west

The Devil’s Sonata – A Piran Portrait in 19 Pics, Part I

Oddly enough, in the five-plus years that Piran Café has been plugging along, I don’t think I’ve published more than a handful of photos here from the city whose name the blog bears and honors. I’ll make up for that absence today. And then some. I hope choking you with …


Eastern Europe Envy

I just came across this interesting piece –Six Enviable Traits From Eastern Europe– in Big Think by Francis Tapon who spent the past three years traveling in 25 Eastern European countries. Just six?


Coming in May: Launch of Piran Café Newsletter, plus Monthly Giveaways!

I’ll be rolling out quite a few major changes on Piran Café over the next several months, all of which I’m really excited about. I can’t divulge too much at the moment, but they’re pretty big. And I hope you’ll come along for the ride. One of the first will …


G is for Good ‘ole Fashioned Live Blogging (or, last minute research into France’s Cotentin Peninsula)

I’ll be spending about four days on the Contentin Peninsula in Normandy next week. Besides booking a room in Cherbourg, I’ve done no research into the area whatsoever. So tonight I’m going back to the roots of why I decided to take on the A-Z blogging challenge this month with …