I’m back in Luxembourg for a couple of days of work meetings. The weather here is as nice as it has been in London — only of course instead of leaving in time to have dinner out on the terrace, I didn’t leave the office until after all the restaurants had closed (which in fairness […]

What do you do when you have a rental car in London on a sunny Sunday? Return the car early and spend the day at home! Haha, I know what you’re all thinking:  “Riiight. Who are you and what have you done to my brother/boyfriend/hot role model.” But I kid you not.  The point of […]

It isn’t crazy to come to the beach at the end of the day.  The heat of the sun is past, and the low golden light is warm and rich.  The crowds are dispersing, and it’s easy to find parking. Camber Sands had been recommended as one of the best sandy beaches in the U.K., […]

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 […]

About eight miles down the road from Sissinghurst lies another significant English garden.  Designed in the early 20th Century around a Tudor mansion, this garden, too, has been a repeat player in the gardening books I’ve been reading.  So after prying myself out of the Sissinghurst rose garden, I set out to find Great Dixter. […]

Saturday was the last day of June!  Since June is peak garden month in England, and the weather was forecast was perfect, I rented a car and set out to see a couple of my top bucket-list gardens. First stop?  Sissinghurst castle garden in Kent (about 2 hours southeast of London).  There is no “castle” […]

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 […]