Aug 15, 2013
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Rwanda and Actress Connie Britton's Hair? Literary Weave Buoys Connecticut Travel Writer

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If you had to recommend three places everyone should travel to, what would they be?

The Grand Canyon—there’s nowhere that compares to it in the world. I haven’t been everywhere, but for me, the best is right here at home. It’s transcendent. Everybody should experience Paris for a long period of time. It is the most magical city in the world: wide open space, such beauty, history, the river flowing through it, and so many of the greatest cultural landmarks in the world. And something more exotic … Machu Picchu. That’s pretty close to a place everyone should see. It really connects you with a very different layer of humankind. There’s such ingenuity there. It’s really a testament to man’s genius.

Where are some places you’ve never been that you’d like to go?

I’m trying to go to Mozambique this fall. I’d like to spend a little time in India. I’d like to make a story for myself on chocolate production  in West Africa, the Ivory Coast. I may go back to Haiti.

How many times have you been to Haiti?

I’ve been to Haiti twice, first to do a story right after the earthquake. I was there for a week. It was devastating. Talk about the resilience of the human spirit. The utter degradation of the refugee camps, people living under scraps of fabric. I find it very hard to see those things. I don’t know that I’d go see them if I weren’t doing a story. It doesn’t seem right.

Where are some other places you’ve seen similar poverty?

A lot of places. South Africa, Senegal. Haiti was by far the worst; there’s no infrastructure even. There is hardship everywhere. And that’s very hard to see and then say, “Ok, off we go.”

That’s certainly another important part of traveling.

Yeah. Perspective.

Learn more about Marcia DeSanctis on her website, The book containing her piece, The Best Women's Travel Writing: True Stories from Around the World, is available at bookstores and online at and other outlets.

Rwanda and Actress Connie Britton's Hair? Literary Weave Buoys Connecticut Travel Writer

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