Category London

I may have a thing for dishes

The other day I mentioned in passing that I had purchased some plates that had been calling to me.  Lady expressed interest in seeing the plates, so in response here you go! It all started when I went exploring in Shoreditch a few weeks ago.  I was technically supposed to be looking for places to […]

Macbeth and the ordinary

I was in Luxembourg all last week for a business trip that turned out to be pretty fun.  This was the annual EU-wide summit, where we get together to celebrate the past year and look ahead to the coming year.  We stayed in a surreal thermal springs resort that straddled the border between Luxembourg and […]

A windfall weekend

What do you do when your get-away weekend in Italy falls through and you want to stop feeling sad that your opera ticket’s going to waste? Think of the weekend as a surprise weekend in London, not a lost weekend in Italy. I was tempted to treat it like a “normal” weekend, feeling harried to […]

Things don’t always go as planned…

Oh, the glamorous life of an expat in Europe!  After work on Friday I left my London office for the airport, where I caught the last plane out for a weekend in Milan.  I spent Saturday exploring parts of the city I hadn’t seen before (Cathedral! Da Vinci’s Last Supper!) and then went back to […]

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 […]

Bun cha, kingfishers, and puppets who become real

Today I decided to explore the East London neighborhoods of Hackney and Shoreditch.  I work in Shoreditch, so I’m there every day, but I’ve never really taken the time to take a closer look outside of work.  The exterior is gritty, not pretty, but it’s arguably the hippest part of town and, on closer look, […]

A pottery Saturday

I didn’t make it to a museum or to any sight-seeing today (and I’m not sure I’m going to this weekend).  Instead I had fun with pottery. You see, I’ve been making bircher muesli lately, and I have tiny cupboards, and . . . well, long story short, I needed a small dish with a […]