Archive for the 'Eleventh Annual Solas Awards Winners' Category

Love Story Bronze Winner: Under the Cedars of Parc Perdrix

Monday, June 4th, 2018

By Becky Band Jain It was at the end of the year I spent in the South of France, fully in the grips of my Francophilia, when a friend invited me to a barbecue. A week after Bastille Day, the summer heat was at its peak. The rosy tan stucco on the houses matched the […]

Culture and Ideas Gold Winner: Some Vague Stars to the South

Monday, December 25th, 2017

By Dave Zoby Syria, and the ancient lessons of friendship. Dust-covered aluminum satellite dishes rimmed the rooftops. During the heat of the day, electrical circuits popped audibly, faltering all afternoon. Mid-day, the bakers came out in their floured aprons to read the state paper in the shade of their doorways. There was the sweet-shop, the […]

Bad Trip Bronze Winner: Like Dust in a Storm

Monday, July 31st, 2017

By Sivani Babu A tragic close call in rural Colorado. Useless. I wiped at my sunglasses with my dirty hands, trying to clear the droplets that settled on the lenses. The water smeared and streaked across, creeping into dust filled crevices and turning to mud. It became even harder to see and I gave up, […]

Destination Story Bronze Winner: Last Stop in Oklahoma

Monday, July 24th, 2017

By Robert Reid An Okie expat and his 76-year-old uncle aim to summit the Black Mesa in the USA’s most unlucky and unwanted rectangle. The road’s empty and rising slightly. I lean forward in the driver’s seat and look through the windshield to the biggest skies I’ve ever seen. An immense block of sea-blue smeared […]

Family Travel Bronze Winner: Warp Thread

Monday, July 17th, 2017

By Leslie Oh A weaving workshop on the Navajo Reservation bonds a mother and daughter and offers a lesson about how to live a balanced life. Mom and I breathed deeply four times in the cool shadow of Table Mesa. In the distance, a worn road led southward through the Navajo Reservation and northward to […]

Funny Travel Gold Winner: Monks and Monkey Poop on the Mountain

Monday, July 10th, 2017

By James Michael Dorsey A pilgrimage gone wrong. At first sight, the temple on the mountain seemed a folk tale come to life. On my journey through Burma, the gleaming temple on the rock that guards Mount Popa had become my challenge, my grail, my pilgrimage, and there it towered above me like a finger […]

Travel and Healing Gold Winner: Into Celtic Twilight

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

By Erin Byrne The air is the region of the invisible. —John O’Donohue, Anam Ċara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom It is morning on the west coast of Ireland on a swath of pebbly beach with an emerald hillside and plateau off to the right. Cloudish sky, pewter water. Beyond the lapping of the waves […]

Women’s Travel Gold Winner: In Search of a Shining Moment

Monday, June 26th, 2017

By Anne Sigmon We all call barbarous anything that is contrary to our own habits. ―Michel de Montaigne, The Compete Essays We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. ― Martin Luther King Jr., speech in St. Louis, March 22, 1964 The front page pictured a lifeless Syrian child, dusty […]

Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Life Sentence

Monday, June 19th, 2017

By Steven Law Faced with a difficult life decision, he seeks solace in the wilderness. The air was cold and still, a skin-tightening astringent kiss from mother nature welcoming me back. And nothing moved. The precedent stillness before the storm. Like God pausing to wrap a pull cord around a tornado. It gave me a […]

Travel and Food Gold Winner: The Swankiest Rodent in Cartagena

Monday, June 12th, 2017

By Darrin DuFord For one well-traveled Colombian chef, the culinary intersection of country and city is served with a side of 80s arena rock and a phantom mouthful of water hyacinth. The structure I’d just entered loosely counted as a building—part indoor, part outdoor, depending on how much light pierced the gaps in the zinc […]

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