Category Travel

Stowe

As impressive as the gardens and park at Blenheim were, the ones at Stowe (which Capability Brown did early in his career) blew me away.  I loved the vastness of the views, which were designed to give the impression of going on forever without interruption (kind of like infinity pools today). And I loved how […]

Blenheim Palace

The morning after the Chelsea Flower Show I drove out to Oxfordshire in search of some of the masterpieces of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the 18th Century landscape designer who perfected the English “Landscape Style” and is considered by many to be the Shakespeare of gardening, so great has been his influence through the centuries.  Before […]

Chelsea Flower Show

The thing I love the absolute most about the UK is the country’s deep cultural fondness for gardening.  I see it everywhere I go — in the vines twining up the front stoops of Georgian row houses in the city, the charming villages in the country, the Facebook feeds of my English friends, and the […]

Ballet and knick-knacks

What came of the weekend? Well, one highlight was an evening at the ballet. The program featured a new dance by a guy whose name I forgot but who normally does Beyoncé music videos and is generally considered a “big deal”. The piece was made for Natalia Osipova who, as the reigning prima of the […]

People in town!

Two different sets of out-of-towners, two fun nights of London theatre 🙂 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie on Friday with Derek. And A Comedy of Errors on Saturday with the Keyes padres. And since the rest of the weekend was spent working in front of a computer instead of enjoying the beautiful spring weather, I’m grateful […]

Luxembourg!

Super-short trip to Luxembourg: three of my senior business clients are leaving their roles (two staying in the company, one leaving), so tonight we got together to share one last hurrah. I had intended to stay tomorrow and do work — you know, to justify the “business” trip. But then Luxembourg announced a new public […]

Sightseeing along the Cornish coast

First a drive through the narrowest hedgerows to Lizard Point, the southernmost tip of mainland Britain. Then up the coast to the charming village of Mazarion and Saint Michael’s Mount. This actually way exceeded my expectations. From a distance it looks an awful lot like the Mont-Saint-Michel. Same name, same tidal island, on opposite sides […]