Josette King

Member Since:
Aug 2015

Josette King is an international travel writer and photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and a regular contributor for over a decade to several travel websites including Luxury Travel Review and Simon & Baker Travel Review. She also reports her adventures on her own site An avid off-the-beaten-paths solo traveler, she has visited over 45 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Many of her destinations are in remote areas with rich cultural traditions. All too often these are also places where populations are eking out a precarious living from a fragile environment. The experience has increased her sensitivity to of the socio-economic and environmental impact of tourism. Her reporting and photographic work focuses mainly on sustainable tourism and its value as a tool for economic development based on the conservation of local ecosystems. 

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Scenes From The Stone Age – The Cave Paintings of Lascaux

Lascaux IV, the spectacular replica of France’s most celebrated cave, brings into focus the unique riches of Paleolithic art of the UNESCO World Heritage Lascaux site.

A Provencal Foodies Delight in Roque d’Antheron

In off the beaten path Provencal village of La Roque d’Anthéron, tiny Auberge du Castellas is a foodies’ lucky find.

Journey to the Edge of Africa – The Damaraland Experience

A prehistoric land of rugged gravel plains bordered by massive conical kopjies and flat-topped mountains, surreally beautiful Damaraland is one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets.

Journey to the Edge of Africa – Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast

This next stage of my 2,000-mile journey around Namibia takes me from the quaint Atlantic resort of Swakopmund to the barren shores of the Skeleton Coast.

Journey to the Edge of Africa – The Road to Solitaire

Day Three of a 2000-mile journey across Namibia takes me from the scorched Great Dune Field of the Namib to the eerie fogbound shores of Walvis Bay.

Journey to the Edge of Africa – The Great Dune Field and Sossusvlei

Day Two of my 2,000-mile journey across Namibia begins in Sossusvlei, watching the sun rise over the iconic red dunes of the Namib Desert.

Journey to the Edge of Africa – From Windhoek to the Namib Desert

From the central Khomas Highlands and Windhoek to the Namib Desert, the first stage of a 2,000-mile adventure across Namibia.

Paris – Vermeer at the Louvre

At the Louvre in Paris, a landmark exhibition “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting,” features one third of master’s complete opus and explores his creative relationship with other major […]

The Ultimate Amalfi Coast Getaway – Hotel Santa Caterina

One of the crown jewels of Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast, the family-run luxury Hotel Santa Caterina is a cliff-side Art Nouveau mansion that has been delighting guests for over a […]

Gulf of Thailand Paradise Preserved – Santhiya Koh Pha-Ngan

In the Gulf of Thailand, Santhiya Resort and Spa combines superb location on Koh Pha-Ngan with a strong commitment to the conservation of its natural and cultural heritage.

Chiang Mai at its Lanna Thai Best – Tamarind Village

In the heart of Chiang Mai’s Old City, Tamarind Village is a charming boutique hotel that translates ancient Northern Thai architecture into a contemporary version of a traditional Lanna village.

Thailand’s Lanna Heritage Shines Through in Contemporary Chiang Mai

Over the centuries, the business center of Chiang Mai, the once capital of the Lanna Kingdom in northern Thailand, has shifted eastward to an area between its moat and the […]

Thailand’s Lanna Past Comes Alive in Chiang Mai – The City within the Moat

Founded over seven centuries ago as the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Chiang Mai has preserved within its medieval center the Buddhist treasures and traditions that make it […]

In Marseille, France – New Landmarks for an Ancient City

Long shunned by tourists for its gritty reputation, Marseille, the colorful ancient threshold between France and the Mediterranean basin is undergoing a spectacular renaissance.

A Fine-Dining Surprise in Lyon

From its popular Bouchons to internationally revered local chef Paul Bocuse, Lyon takes its cuisine seriously. Nowhere is that more obvious than at little known […]

Notable Museums of Lyon

First a flourishing Gallo-Roman center, then a financial and industrial powerhouse, Lyon has long been a fertile ground for museums. […]

Not Just Another Paris Bistro – L’Accolade

There are thousands of neighborhood bistros in Paris, dishing out meals that go from banal to “can’t-wait-to-tell-my-friends.” With its generous and imaginative cuisine, newly open L’Accolade is a clear winner […]

Written in Stone-Two Thousand Years of Lyon History

Lyon is a unique metropolitan center with a 2,000-year history as a commerce, banking and industry powerhouse. From Roman ruins to Renaissance mansions to contemporary skyscrapers, each phase of its […]

Beyond the Louvre – The Other Museums of Paris

Long lines are not a prerequisite for an enjoyable museum experience in Paris. Within walking distance of the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, three of my personal line-free favorites come […]

Aix-en-Provence Baroque Landmark Reborn as Art Center

In Aix en Provence, where the historic center reveals a gem of French Baroque architecture at every turn, the recently restored Hôtel de Caumont once again stands out in all […]

An Improbable Foodie Destination – Lille

The cuisine of northern France goes far beyond the regional stereotype of mussels and fries to dish-out delectable specialties that reflect their dual French and Flemish heritage. Waterzooi anyone?

The Hallowed Beaches of Normandy

June 6th, 1944, marks the pivotal moment whenthe allied troupes from Britain, Canada and the United States set in motion the liberation of western Europe from Nazi occupation. The memory […]

One Day in Paris?

While it’s conceivable to “do” Paris in one day, it’s physically impossible to visit the city’s main sites in this short time. But you can still maximize your day in […]

The Economics of Today’s Solo Travel

Things are looking up for the solo adventure traveler. Our numbers are growing, and the tourism industry is taking notice.

Foodie Landmarks of the Massachusetts North Shore

From roadside clams-and-fries shacks to noted restaurants with impressive ocean views and menus to match, the Massachusetts North Shore is a foodies heaven where catch-of-the-day really means fresh-of-the-boat seafood.

A Pioneering City of Art – Lille

Long famous for its historic Palais des Beaux-Arts, the Lille metropolitan area can now boast of two additional museums that are fast becoming landmarks of the international art scene.

Recently Reopened Rodin Museum – Paris

After three years of extensive renovations, the exquisite eighteenth century Hôtel de Biron, Paris’ Left Bank home of the Rodin Museum recently re-opened its doors.

From Medieval Industry Center to Business and Art Powerhouse – Lille

A center of industry since the Middle Ages, Lille has transcended post World War II challenges to emerge into the twenty-first as a vibrant regional capital of business and art.

From Roman Spa to Contemporary Cultural Center – Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, a remarkable center of European history has managed to preserve the integrity of its architectural and cultural heritage while evolving into a thriving contemporary city.

The Gem of the Vermillion Coast – Collioure

From the Phoenicians to Matisse, three millennia of history and traditions have molded the Mediterranean fishing village Collioure into the gem of the Vermillion Coast.

Chinese New Year Celebrations – Paris Style

From the massive parade through the largest Chinatown in Europe to the treasure trove collection of Asian Arts of the Musée Guimet, Paris celebrates Chinese New Year with gusto.

Carnival – Cologne’s Fifth Season

Carnival in Cologne is a tradition almost as old as the history of the city itself. Today it is one of the largest and most popular in Europe.

Salzburg – Austria’s Baroque Jewell

Nestled among the spectacular foothills of the Austrian Alp along the banks of the Salzbach River, Salzburg beguiles visitors with its fairytale Baroque charm.

A Vienna Winter Week-End

One of the fabled cultural capitals of Europe for half a millennium, today’s Vienna welcomes visitors to the contemporary version of the sumptuous romantic city of its imperial days.

A Virginia Grande Dame Reborn

Welcome to Keswick Hall! A once grand Italianate mansion in Charlottesville, VA, brought back to life as a world-class property where guests enjoy the hospitality of an English country manor.

Motswari – Responsible Tourism in Action

By caring for the wildlife, the land and the local community, South Africa’s Motswari Private Game Reserve creates an exceptional safari experience.

Malawi – Beyond the Lake

Mvuu is the only property inside the Liwonde National Park, the premier game-viewing destination in Malawi, known for Its especially dense population of elephants.


With its rich Gallo-Roman museum, well preserved medieval core and futuristic modern art Pompidou Center, Metz architectural and artistic treasures span two millennia of European history.

Malawi – The Lake of Stars

Off-the-grid living at its magical best. On a remote island of Lake Malawi, Kayak Africa has created a minimalist paradise based on uncompromising sustainable principles.