En Route: The Poignant, Angry Poems of “Ellis Island West”

The poems embedded in the walls by former detainees at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay are covered by paint and often tricky to spot for first-time visitors. But once you've seen the verses etched into the redwood in classic Chinese characters, and find out what they mean, they leave an indelible,…Read more En Route: The Poignant, Angry Poems of “Ellis Island West”

En Route: Lascaux 4 — a high-tech trip back in time

MONTIGNAC, France -- Pixar, eat your heart out. Cro-Magnon artists 20,000 years ago painted a picture of a snorting horse whose head seems to move upwards on the wall of the Lascaux cave in southwest France. That, at least, is the illusion visitors have when they see the meticulous reproductions of the famous Lascaux cave…Read more En Route: Lascaux 4 — a high-tech trip back in time

En Route: ‘Faux Americana’ sweeps France

ROCAMADOUR, France - So these are the slogans emblazoned on the T-shirts, jackets and sweatshirts that people -- many of them French  -- are wearing in the heavily touristed Perigord region of France this summer: -- "America's Highway Route 66 the Mother Road" -- "University of California Berkeley Deluxe Classics" -- "Authentic 77 Stage Shape…Read more En Route: ‘Faux Americana’ sweeps France

En Route: The sweet life in Perigord

GROLEJAC, France - It looked for the longest time like Agnes Lacoste, a woman with a striking silvery mane, would have no customers for her "Barbe a Papa" (cotton candy) stall at a nighttime "marche gourmand" in the Perigord village of Grolejac. The paella, grilled duck breast and bottles of rose wine were going down…Read more En Route: The sweet life in Perigord