Author: AJ Paris

Mumbai's Gateway of India.

South Mumbai

Mumbai is the most populous city in India. With an estimated population of 20 million, it is a mega city on any scale. With an average temperature of 81 °F, or 27.2 °C, Mumbai is a warm destination any given time of the year. South Mumbai is the area of the city that stretches from…

Place du Tertre

Paris is my favorite city in the world. Montmartre will always be my favorite neighborhood. This is a neighborhood characterized by art. The buildings are beautiful. There are so many little streets. Many artists live here. Place du Tertre, a square just a few streets away from the famous Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, is…

Ipanema Beach.

Ipanema Beach

In the Tupí language, which belonged to a group of people who are believed to be the original inhabitants of the area and whose language has since gone extinct, “Ipanema” means “stinky lake.” I assure you, nothing stinks in Ipanema these days. It’s probably the most stylish bairro or neighborhood of the city, and it’s simply…

Coldplay and India

The new music video by Coldplay is facing a lot of criticism on the internet. People are literally debating whether it’s cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation. Hymn For The Weekend features superstars Beyoncé and Sonam Kapoor. In the video, Coldplay front man Chris Martin plays a fan on his way to see his idol, a…

Puerto Vallarta's La Rotonda del Mar Sculptures

La Rotonda del Mar

Any visitor to Puerto Vallarta has seen them. The La Rotonda del Mar, or the Rotunda of the Sea, eight sculptures on the seaside malecón or boardwalk, is the work of artist Alejandro Colunga.   It’s on of the most interesting public art I have ever seen.   Colunga, a self-taught painter and sculptor born…

Belgian Chocolate

Call it Belgische chocolade or Belgian chocolate – it doesn’t matter what language you use – it’s simply chocolate to me. I remember the first time I consciously tasted Belgian chocolate being just 17 at Mall of America in the United States. I remember saying to my cousin, “Wow, I love it!” You could say…

I’m Not My Stuff

Many of you who know me personally know that I’m not the kind of individual who could be described as a materialistic person. I care about people first. That is always my motto: people first. However, and I don’t like to admit it, I have more stuff than I would like. Still, compared to many…