Category Architecture

The rest of Paris (at least for now)

One of my mottos in traveling is that it’s okay not to see everything all at once.  It frees me from the tyranny of the guidebook and allows me to see and do what seems right at the time.  And if I don’t see “everything there is to see”, well, then that means I’ll have […]

Vaux le Vicomte

The weather in Paris this weekend could not have been better.  Warm, sunny, glorious.  Perfect for visiting one of the more notable French chateaux:  Vaux le Vicomte. If you’re a garden/architecture/art nerd like myself, then you’ll know that Vaux le Vicomte was built in the mid-1600s by a guy named Fouquet who was the finance […]

Castles and churches and ice cream in Kilkenny

After a slow Sunday morning in Dublin, I caught a train to Kilkenny, a beautiful little medieval village to the southwest of the capitol.  The journey took me (as I presume all journeys in Ireland do) through brilliant green countryside drenched in sunshine, dotted with sheep, and crisscrossed with hedgerows and low stone walls. I […]

Exploring Dublin

The weather could not have been more perfect for exploring Dublin today.  Sunny, warm, a light breeze.  Completely unlike the chilly rain so typical for this part of the world. Trinity College is just around the corner from my hotel, so I started there.  I joined a student-led tour and learned, among other things, that […]

Friday night with a populist Julius Caesar

Nicholas Hytner’s production of Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre has gotten strong reviews — and it’s one I still needed to cross off my list for my goal of seeing all of Shakespeare’s plays before I turn 40 — so Friday night after work I went down to the south bank of the Thames […]

Exploring Cairo

Last day in Egypt!  The day got off to a bumpy start when our original tour guide  canceled for health reasons and we got one of the office administrators instead (he was a sweet guy but his English wasn’t as good and he was both awkward at playing host and painfully apologetic for everything).  Eventually […]

Philae at night

Our guide said that if you wanted to see all of Egyptian history in one spot, the temple at Philae would be the place.  It was begun by the ancient pharaohs, expanded into a temple for Isis by the Greeks, further expanded by the Romans, defaced and converted into a church by the Christians, mentioned […]