Whether it was Marfa, Texas, or a far-flung destination like the Pacific island of Nauru, Morley Safer traveled the globe in his 46 seasons on 60 Minutes, and brought back one-of-a-kind stories. In the video above, viewers can take a spin through some of our favorites.
In one of his earliest travelogues, he visited Miami's "Little Havana" neighborhood, where, he said, "dominoes is almost a body-contact sport" and "the coffee is strong, and rich, and black."
His 1980 review of Venice, California was far less positive. "There's something terribly sad and loveless about Venice," he said in the story. "The sights you see have all the meaning of a Pepsi commercial. You get the feeling that if there is a Venice dream, it is to make a made-for-television movie."
Safer was known as a wordsmith, and his travel writing was some of his best. Here's how he described the last run of the Orient Express during a 1977 trip: "In 100 years, this most romantic of all transports, this Grand Duchess of the rails, this Madonna of the sleeping cars has become an old beggar woman and she is about to die. And that's why we've come here to Paris to pay our last respects."
In 2011, Safer told Overtime editor Ann Silvio that he considered the places he traveled more than simply backdrops.
"Whether it's great characters, as in people, or great characters in topography of the land, or the sea, where the reporter can take a half-step back and make some observations," he said, "those are the stories I like."