Travel Tuesday: Chicago

Travel Tuesdays : where I can look back fondly at wonderful places, people and journeys while we prepare for the exciting adventure ahead… Chicago, like most urban centres, can be carved up into smaller pieces: neighbourhoods, districts, regions, each defined by some homogeneity be it geographical, cultural, or  historical. In some ways the city can … Continue reading

Travel Tuesday: Lausanne

Travel Tuesdays: where I can look fondly at wonderful places, people and journeys while we prepare for the exciting adventure ahead… It’s April! It’s post-equinox! The clocks have gone back! It should be, according to Hallmark cards and sitcoms, a time for flowers and bunnies and chocolate. NOT, I think, snow and more snow and … Continue reading

Travel Tuesday: Venice

  Venice. You’ve seen it in the movies: marbled ballrooms, grand canal boats, Harry’s Bar. It’s a place of beauty and magic and wonder. Ancient mystery and quintessential glamor romantically crumble into the sea. Gilded balconies and rustic window boxes tower in ever lane, filling the city with color and life. Those famous winding waterways … Continue reading

Travel Tuesday: New York City

Travel Tuesdays: where I can look fondly at wonderful places, people and journeys while we prepare for the exciting adventure ahead… A quick one this week as we are on the road (oh the delights of Kent and Sussex!) … and an important one I think, because this is a vintage postcard from somewhere I … Continue reading

Travel Tuesday: Amsterdam

When I think of Amsterdam I usually think of its airport. I’ve been in it more than a dozen times and it’s hands down my favourite airport (though Charles de Gaulle’s atrium inspired terminals give it a run for its money artistically). It has a stunning fireplace and grand piano lounge. And a library. And … Continue reading

Travel Tuesday: Santorini

I once spent a few weeks backpacking in the Greek Islands. It was utterly blissful. Or I remember it as blissful anyway. My foggy, wistful brain likes to leave out the bits where we tried to sleep on the deck of an overnight ferry full of partiers and hounded by sub-zero sea breezes. The part … Continue reading

Travel Tuesday

The new house is finally taking shape. And by taking shape I mean the walls are no longer bare. I don’t know about you, but the powdery deadspace of cheap white walls leave me cold. So at the weekend we hung pictures. Paintings done by Bean’s sister. Vintage opera posters I’ve been hoarding. A pair … Continue reading

Par Avion take flight

I have to come clean. I’ve been harbouring a secret. And in the world of full-frontal bloggery, that’s tantamount to sin. I mean, what is a blog if not a license to read and judge a total stranger’s faceless life? So I’ll start at the beginning. * A million years ago, I resolved to do … Continue reading

Culzean Castle

When Bean moved jobs last summer, his colleagues gave him membership to the National Trust for Scotland as a parting gift. Every property in their care from castles and gardens to ruins and abbeys is now free for us to visit as often as we like for a whole year. We’ve explored the properties close … Continue reading

Starry : A Tale of Two Nights

One night, I walked the dry river bed out across the desert and to the water’s edge. During the day it is a popular draw in the region, full of locals and tourists; now it is completely empty. The flicker of a bonfire miles away is the only sign of human habitation. I slip into … Continue reading