WHAT TRAVEL TAUGHT ME IN 2017

Saint Augustine started it off by saying, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”  Is travel the best education? I can neither deny nor confirm whether this is true, but I am sure that I know a little more this year than I did last year, simply by stepping out my front door. Since this time of year is all about giving, I thought I would share with you that which I have learned!
WHAT A MANGROVE IS…

When you‘re on an island as lovely as Koh Lanta, Thailand, you never want to leave the beach. That’s if you have sunny weather. The sun was taking a vacation of its own when the Cypriot and I arrived on the […]

December 18th, 2017|Destinations|0 Comments

London Farmers Markets for Christmas and beyond, because I love them!

Who needs to travel to enjoy a Christmas market? There are plenty in London. I love my local South Kensington market and wanted to make sure it got a little plug this holiday season!

Below you can learn more about the London Farmer’s Markets in your area!

Move over German Christmas markets, the Great British Markets are this seasons must visit attractions.

There’s no need to fly to Finland this Christmas, just pop-down to your local London Farmers’ Market, where guests can find everything they need for a truly British festive feast this yuletide. Whether seeking a last-minute Christmas turkey, inspiration for the perfect gift or just after a festive outing filled with cookie decorating and plenty of mulled wine, The London Farmers’ Markets are the place to […]

December 7th, 2017|Destinations, London, United Kingdom|0 Comments

Easy Day Trips from Paris: Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte

You arrive in the village of Maincy, turn down a long tree-lined avenue, and find yourself in the parking lot of le château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte. Entering through the gift shop, you really have no idea the wonders to come. Another easy day trip from Paris has brought you to one of the great French châteaux of the 17th C.

Could this be the property so luxurious that Louis XIV threw its owner into jail for life? Even as you walk through the stables, it’s not until you’ve stepped round to the gardens do you understand.

Vaux-Le-Vicomte is not just a study in French Baroque architecture, but also a study on what not to do if you are Minister of Finance for the King. Nicolas Fouquet, its owner, assembled, […]

December 1st, 2017|Destinations, France, Paris|0 Comments

Easy Day trips from Paris: Le Petit Trianon Versailles

For those who follow the oeuvre of Mel Brooks, it will be obvious what I mean when I say, “It’s good to be the King.” For those not acquainted with the comic’s masterpiece, A History of the World, Part I, you will find Mr. Brooks embodying King Louis VIX, skipping his way through Versailles Gardens, flirting with all the girls.

Looking straight into the camera from Louis XIV’s newly built second home, Chateau de Versailles, Mr. Brooks exclaims, “It’s good to be the King.” Stepping through the gates of the Palace of Versailles, I can tell you that for Louis XIV, it was pretty great. For his grandson, Louis XVI and famed, cake-eating wife, Marie Antoinette, things didn’t fare so well.
LE PETIT TRIANON

To be honest, Versailles […]

November 25th, 2017|France, Paris, Versailles|0 Comments

A Day Out in West Sussex: Cowdray House, Polo, Shooting and Sun

What a glorious day! I had been to Chamonix and it rained, Piemonte and it rained, Kefalonia and it rained, Thailand and it rained but West Sussex in England? The country known for its rain? Well, surprise, surprise – the sun was out and it was the most beautiful, autumn day.

I think Zephryus was on to hassle someone else at least for one day, and what a day. I was off to spend it at Cowdray House playing polo, clay pigeon shooting and driving around in a Bentley.

Originally home to the Viscount and Viscountess Cowdray, this stunning property is not only the seat of British Polo, but also can be hired in its entirety for events, parties and stays. We were there to celebrate its […]

November 3rd, 2017|Destinations, United Kingdom, West Sussex|1 Comment

More than just a hotel in Piemonte, Italy!

Why hadn’t I returned to Piemonte? After my first year of university, I lived with an Italian Professor of Philology who was eager to perfect her English. It was a great trade-off. She received daily lessons and I lived with her in this magnificent part of the world. Claudia, her boyfriend and I would pop into her car to visit libraries all over the country from Ferrara to Bologna, even as far as Munich. Needless to say, not only did my Italian improve, but also I ate so well. Lucky for me, she was a brilliant home cook. How could she not be with the produce that was available right at her doorstep? […]

October 26th, 2017|Destinations, Italy, Piedmont|3 Comments