Category Architecture

A palace and a play

King Henry VIII was quite the king.  All those wives and the drama with the Catholic Church and the fantastic Holbein portraits.  Yesterday I went to see where he used to live. Hampton Court Palace is about 15 miles up the Thames from London and claims to be the largest medieval palace in Europe (certainly […]

Exploring Edinburgh

What a lovely, charming city!  We lucked out with clear, sunny weather during the few hours of daylight (sunrise at 8:45am, sunset at 3:45pm) to explore this northern capital of Scotland.  Given how limited our time would be, we stayed mainly in the Old Town and soaked up the ancient atmosphere. The castle dominates the […]


Fifteen years since I first came to Venice. I’m no longer a college student (too poor to do more than read Great Expectations on the piazza while other people ate dinner), but the city is still just as magical. 

Towers, churches, and polenta dolce in Bergamo’s Citta Alta

I’m in Italy this weekend with my twin sister, Heather, and her husband and in-laws. The in-laws are living in Milan as mission presidents, but they took a break from presidential duties to show us around. We started out this morning with a stop in Bergamo, where we spent an hour or so exploring the […]

Work and waffles in Brussels

I’m in Brussels for a quick work trip. Took the Eurostar over this afternoon and of course the first thing I did upon arriving was get a gauffre in the gare. Because that’s what you do.  Then work work work till late, and then (drumroll) a walk down into centre ville for a pita . […]

Who needs a place to stay in Seattle?

It’s official:  Seattle’s hottest AirBnB property has just gone live and is open for business.  I mean, if I’m not going to stay there, why shouldn’t you?  You just have to promise you’ll let me back in when I move back from London. Here’s the listing.  It’s perfect for weekend get-aways, longer-term corporate arrangements, and […]

The Tempest at the Barbican

There are posters all over town advertising the Royal Shakespeare Company’s current production of The Tempest.  I would see them in the subway or on the sides of buses and think, “Oh, I should see that” only to forget all about it when I was back at my computer and able to do something about […]