Category London

Window boxes!

From some very young age (maybe 8 or 9?) when I first saw my mother’s photo albums from her time as a student in Germany, I have wanted to (1) live in Europe, and (2) have flower boxes in my windows. This has been an elusive goal.  I’ve done parts of it — this is […]

A Victorian fruit bowl

What did Oscar Wilde say about being able to resist anything except temptation? I went back to the little shop off Camden Passage where I found my milk jug.  I was supposed to be on my way to the garden center, but then it was raining and I thought, well, I could either go back […]

The weather’s getting nice

Springtime finally got to London! The past few days have been absolutely gorgeous. There’s something about warm air, late light, and green living things that makes the heart glad. And even if you mostly see it from inside the office, at least the window are large and the views of the sunset unmatched.

My Saturday in pictures

Started with brunch in South Kensington with a friend from my mission who I haven’t seen in ages, but who is also American and also expatting in London.  No pics of brunch, but it was fun to catch up.  In many ways we’re still the 20-year-olds we were in Brussels; but in other ways those […]

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 […]

Light and dark

Two good things from today: Daffodils on my dresser, an exuberant reminder that spring is finally here . . . . . . and the Royal Opera’s production of Coraline, a new opera based on Neil Gaiman’s creepy novella about a little girl who learns to appreciate her boring, annoying parents after she’s nearly snatched […]

Egypt at the British Museum

Guess what?  When you live in London your Egyptian vacation doesn’t have to end when you come home!  Those acquisitive Brits brought a lot of the good stuff home during their colonial heyday. To be honest, it felt a bit strange to see the statues, sarcophagi, and mummies in the British Museum.  I felt like […]