Laura Byrne Paquet

On Harmony Night, dancers in the parade wear elaborate costumes (photo by Laura Byrne Paquet c 2011)

Reveling at Harmony Night on the Caribbean Island of St. Martin

A tropical village that holds a street party called Harmony Night every Tuesday evening, all winter long, is my kind of place. Tiny Grand Case, on the French side of the island of St. Martin, is also home to a few of the best restaurants in the Read More

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Hiking to the Hill Villages of Northern Thailand

In the mountains of northern Thailand, not far from its border with Myanmar, lie countless tiny villages as far metaphorically from frenetic Bangkok as the earth is from the moon. Many of the people who live in them -- members of the so-called "hill Read More

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Living among Wildlife in Australia’s Croajingolong National Park

"Take the next turn!" my husband Paul cried. "Why?" I asked, as we barrelled along Australia's Princes Highway between Melbourne and Sydney, hellbent on making it to the town of Eden--our randomly chosen stopping point--by nightfall. I eased off Read More

Gladstone's Library is both homey and a little bit imposing.

Living the Life of a 19th-Century Scholar at Gladstone’s Library: Hawarden, Wales

Weak spring sunshine streamed through the mullioned windows of Gladstone's Library as I settled into a wing chair with a stack of books. I opened the first, which I'd picked mainly because it was dated 1881 and so might have been owned by the Read More