Back at the beginning of the summer I wrote about planting some flower boxes outside my kitchen window.  They were full of pink geraniums, yellow snapdragons, and a mass of trailing petunias.  I never followed up with a “here’s how they turned out” post because, well, they never quite lived up to my hopes.  This […]

Rome wasn’t built in a day — so the saying goes. And it really can’t be seen in a day, either. But if a day is all you’ve got, you can still cover quite a bit of ground (even if you didn’t think to get tickets in advance to all the good museums and discover […]

Rome has more Egyptian obelisks than I’ve seen anywhere else. Seems like there’s an obelisk in front of every church — and given the number of churches here, it’s a wonder there are any left in Egypt! And I just love how the church couldn’t resist adding its own little touches. Typically it’s a spike […]

Meetings in Munich ended this afternoon and I thought, what the heck, I’m already halfway to Rome — why not spend the weekend there before going back to London? I arrive immediately post downpour and it’s as warm and humid as can be! The train station is just as scuffed I remembered from 2003 . […]

Of course the irony that of all people I would be the one to go to one of the world’s great drinking parties twice in two weeks is not lost on me. The tent was bigger this time, and the food not quite as good. But I enjoyed myself more not being the only person […]

I love how the airport pavilion looks like butterfly wings. That’s all for tonight, though. Straight to bed, then early meetings and another round of Oktoberfest tomorrow. 😜

A year ago a new production of Sondheim’s musical Company was announced, with Patti LuPone as one of the stars.  I bought a ticket.  Fortunately I also wrote it in my calendar because otherwise I would have completely forgotten that it was tonight. The production was very good, and I liked it much more than when […]