Artful Paris

October 1, 2015

  An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. -Friedrich Nietzsche Art was the theme of my most recent visit to Paris.  I found myself experiencing the city off the beaten path of the well-trod tourist trails.  I enjoyed art exhibits, explored innovative architecture, and practiced photography, all of which enabled me to see the city through […]

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Living like a Laird at Skibo Castle

September 15, 2015

I’m going to admit I have a wee bit of an obsession… with the TV show Outlander. The series is a time-traveling fantasy set in the highlands of Scotland and featuring one very bonny and brawny Scot named Jamie.  May I just say, he wears a kilt well. So, I was thrilled to have the chance […]

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Sweet Rosy Venice

September 1, 2015

Dolce Far Niente Translation:  The sweetness of doing nothing. I’ve quoted this sentiment before.  It was my grandpa’s modis operandi, and he loved to reflect on the sweet joys of relaxation:  I do nothing and then relax, he would cheerfully exclaim with a delighted grin. I took a page from his playbook this past weekend.  It was the last time my […]

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June 30, 2015

They say that June is the kickoff of the “social season” in England. There is a rapid succession of posh events:  Royal Ascot, Queens Tennis, The Henley Regatta, and Wimbledon.  And there are more inclusive events: countless music festivals, street fairs, and outdoor theater. And guess what?  The sun actually shines on most of them! […]

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Pretty in Paris

June 27, 2015

Paris is always a good idea. It is a city that is worth returning to again and again.  Just a short train ride away, repeat visits are as easy as un, deux, trois! Though I have written about Paris several times, I am still amazed by its romantic beauty.  The architecture in London is square and squat; […]

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Memory Minefield

June 6, 2015

Be careful where you step. There are memory mines planted everywhere back in Connecticut. Initially, I am always overcome with melancholy whenever I visit.  Sometimes the force of memory is so strong that it literally takes my breath away.  It is like an emotional explosion that leaves me stunned for a moment. With every step […]

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Lucy’s New Perfume

June 2, 2015

Yup, that’s right.  Lucy has a new fragrance. The lovely House of Mutt is a welcome refuge in Wales where Lucy is pampered in style.  When she had a lame leg a year ago, she was given special privileges to boost her mood:  front seat “dibs” on the school runs each morning and plush pillows […]

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Inside Wimbledon

May 27, 2015

“Don’t walk on the grass!” That was the first thing our guide announced this morning on our tour of Wimbledon.  Here the grass is hallowed ground for the famed tennis tournament that is one month away.   This is not mere grass after all.  It is “lawn” and is protected by 24-hour security in the […]

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The Chelsea Flower Show

May 20, 2015

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an institution in London. The Chelsea event is the most famous flower show in the United Kingdon and perhaps in the world, attracting visitors from all continents.  As such, it is a beloved event that opens with much fanfare, including a visit from the Queen and her royal companions. It is the hottest […]

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Inedible Britain

May 18, 2015

To eat? Or not to eat? I’m told that 20 years ago London was a very different place.  A good meal was hard to find as the city was far less cosmopolitan and lacked international diversity.  The dismal British dining offerings were often as depressing as mushy peas. Today London is a true Foodie destination, […]

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