Category: Travel

Photographer AJ Paris shares travel stories from around the world.

The Bund in Shanghai

This popular area along the western bank of the Huangpu River, in the eastern part of Huangpu District, faces the modern skyscrapers of Pudong District. [Photo: The Bund, by AJ Paris]. In the First Opium War, which took place between 1839 and 1842, the British defeated the Qing army. That event led to the establishment…

Sierra de Cádiz

I love mountains. Mountains make me feel small and they remind me my place in the world, in the universe. I also love mountains because of the freedom you feel when at nature and the fresh that seem so far away from the pollution of the world at large. Last year I met and traveled…

Men and Plastic Surgery

Brazil is truly a country in which people are conscious of their beauty. Beauty is a big business for Brazil. With nearly 50 billion in beauty revenues Brazil is the third largest after the United States and Japan. However, according to the global market research company Euromonitor, Brazil will overtake Japan in the coming years…

Black Forest Cake

Many people assume that the Black Forest cake, known locally as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, gets its name from the Black Forest, the mountainous region in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. In reality, however, the cake gets its name from the Schwarzwälder Kirsch, clear liquor made from tart cherries produced in the region. This is…

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…