Category Architecture

I am literally sleeping in a castle

This morning one of the business teams I support converged on Paris from all of our various locations (London, Munich, Milan, Luxembourg), climbed into a chartered shuttle bus, and plunged deep into the French countryside where we’ll spend the next three days sequestered in the Chateau de Bellinglise. It’s not exactly Versailles, but it’s a […]

Felicitations les bleus!

What to do on the day France competes for the World Cup championship and the match doesn’t start until 5pm? Start with a perfect brunch with friends at the hippest new concept restaurant. It’s called B.O.U.L.O.M. (stands for “boulangerie ou l’on mange”) and, we’ll, here’s how it works: You get there early to wait in […]

Passing through Rye

It was late afternoon by the time I had finished visiting the gardens at Great Dixter.  I could have headed back to London then — none of the hotels or B&Bs had room.  But I was hungry, and I had a hankering to see the shore.  So I headed south. After about 20 minutes I […]

And I also went to Paris

Sure, I had just been in Copenhagen, but it was a bank holiday weekend and I needed to be in Paris for work on Tuesday and Wednesday anyway, so I went early and maybe ate some delicious Israeli food at Miznon (oh man, that cauliflower!) and went shopping in the Marais (why can’t I just […]

Wait a sec, there was more to Copenhagen

I just realized I never wrote about the rest of my time in Copenhagen!  Let’s see what I can remember… First, the towers were weird.  Well, not “weird”, but definitely different from what I’m used to seeing in France and the UK — more Eastern European feeling.  Gave the town a more exotic feel than […]

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 […]