From climbing Kilimanjaro and contemplating the magic of Uluru to exploring the jungles of Cambodia and the backcountry temples of Shikoku, legendary travel writer and editor Don George has seen the better part of our planet.

Here’s a look at the world and all that’s in it through his unique lens:

Leslie Trew Magraw: Where do you call home? Why, out of every place in the world, do you choose to make your home there?

Don George: My physical home is in Piedmont, California, a suburb of San Francisco that feels to me like a New England village plopped down in northern California.

I love it because it combines my roots—I grew up in a town of 10,000 in Connecticut—with the region where I feel most intellectually and spiritually at home, which is the beautiful, bountiful Bay Area.

But in a deeper sense, I feel that I carry the people and the places, the creations and the connections, that matter the most to me inside of myself. And that is home, wherever I may be.

Is there a place, country, or region that draws you back again and again?

Ah, there are many!

Connecticut, where I lived for the first 21 years of my life, and the rest of New England, because the landscapes and the characters there are such a deep part of me.

Japan, of course, because it’s such an intimately interwoven part of my life at this point: My wife is Japanese, and we raised our two children bilingually and biculturally. Japan threads through me like silk threads in a kimono now.

And France, because that’s the place that changed my life, and because the preoccupations I find there—a sensual celebration of life combined with an intellectual appreciation of art and ideas—so (Read more...)

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