Celebration: Montreal New York Times, September 29, 2002
A Mississippi Sojourn: Two Weeks on River Time New York Times, May 14, 1995
Patricia Hampl has written much literary journalism and has a substantial publication record as a travel writer. She’s had numerous pieces in the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler, the Los Angeles Times, the Minneapolis StarTribune Travel section as well as anthologies of travel writing on Italy, the Czech Republic, and America.
The excerpt below is taken from “Two Weeks on Mississippi River Time,” The New York Times Magazine: The Sophisticated Traveler,” May 14, 1995
“We were not in the pioneer farmscape of the 19th century but farther back, in the terrain of the French and Indian hunters and voyageurs of the 17th Century. And to experience this sensation, we discovered, you had to be on the river. We had taken the same trip many times by car, on the Minnesota side and on the Wisconsin side, but had never felt this wayand had never seen these views, the theatrical palisades obscuring with a tease, and then revealing a panorama of interlocked channels and inlets, even grander bluffs plunging into the river as the boat rounded an island curve.
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