Posted in March 2013

Subtle is good too

Subtle is good too

Spring is slowly emerging here, but there is not much springing taking place yet.  My local friends tell me it will be another month or so before the warm weather is here to stay. I’ve been longing for summer with its sultry heat, rich, saturated colors and seemingly endless hot, still, nights. Spring is more fleeting, … Continue reading

My French teacher thinks I’m a prude

My French teacher thinks I’m a prude

Madame Perruque was on fire this week. We were continuing our critiques of magazine ads and Juliet, an impossibly tall, thin, Cuban woman  – who looked like she had just breezed off the pages of Cosmopolitan herself – made her way to the front of the class. Her choice was a steamy, full page ad … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Fishs Eddy, New York

Top Travel Tip: Fishs Eddy, New York

Today’s tip: Fishs Eddy, New York I came across this shop many many years ago and I fell in love immediately. Fishs Eddy is a New York shop that sells delightful dinnerware and crockery and I am always blown away by their creative and beautiful designs. The flagship store is near Union Square on Broadway … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Pura Tirta Empul – Bali

Top Travel Tip: Pura Tirta Empul – Bali

Today’s Tip: Pura Tirta Empul – Tampak Siring, Bali Ubud and the surrounding villages in the middle of the island are thought of as the spiritual heart of Bali.  And the purification and water temples at Tirta Empul are thought of as among the most important spiritual places in Bali. Foreigners are able to visit the … Continue reading

What does an American wolf say?

What does an American wolf say?

I’m part way through my second semester of French classes and truth be told, I’m in over my head. Things have accelerated quickly and I have the distinct feeling that the students folded into the chairs around me understand a lot more than I do. I like being in school though and I figure even … Continue reading

What to Read: The particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

What to Read: The particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

I love Aimee Bender’s writing.  And like everything she writes, The particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is fantastic. Like her short stories, this book is both magical, and somber.  She creates beautifully detailed characters who are simultaneously relatable and fantastical. Rose Edelstein is nine years old when we meet her, and it’s at this tender age that she … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Les Distilleries Ideales, Nice

Top Travel Tip: Les Distilleries Ideales, Nice

Les Distilleries Ideales is my favorite bar in Nice.  It’s in the old city with prime real estate on a busy corner with delightful early evening sun. They have a full drinks menu complete with cocktails and whiskey, but most people come here for the beer.  There is a good selection of imported beers on draught … Continue reading

What to Read: The Secret History

What to Read: The Secret History

The Secret History by Donna Tartt is one of my all time favorite books. The epic is over 500 pages, but once I turned the first one i couldn’t stop until I got to the last. The tale begins with a California teenager who is drawn to the glamour of an exclusive, private boarding school … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: l’Opéra de Nice

Top Travel Tip: l’Opéra de Nice

Today’s Tip: Nice Opera House With the miles of beaches, dozens of museums and endless restaurants to offer, going to the opera isn’t the first thing you might think of when imagining a visit to Nice.  It should be. Located in Nice’s old city just steps from the sea front, the gorgeous opera house is … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Arlequin Gelati

Top Travel Tip: Arlequin Gelati

Today’s Tip: Arlequin Gelati – Nice, France One could be forgiven for mistaking gelato as a local delicacy in Nice. While there are no Starbucks to be found here, It’s hard to walk a block without passing a gelato spot. I am of the firm belief that Arlequin is the best in town.  Roberto, the proud proprietor of the shop, … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Vini Liquori – Lucca, Italy

Top Travel Tip: Vini Liquori – Lucca, Italy

Today’s Tip: Vini Liquori – Lucca, Italy Lucca is a charming little Tuscan town the Englishman and I breezed through a couple of years ago.  We were visiting his parents, who had discovered the quietly beautiful town as an ideal place to study Italian. We only spent two days wandering the old streets, admiring the ancient … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Hotel Bambu Indah

Top Travel Tip: Hotel Bambu Indah

Today’s Tip: Hotel Bambu Indah – Ubud, Bali This place is by far one of the most beautiful and unusual hotels I’ve ever seen.  Located about 15 minutes south east of central Ubud, it is set above the Ayung River over looking sprawling green rice fields. The main building, which houses the massage rooms and … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Dewa

Top Travel Tip: Dewa

Today’s Tip: Dewa – Ubud, Bali This tip is a bit different.  Instead of highlighting a place, I am recommending a person. Anyone will tell you that to get the most out of a trip to Bali, you really need to hire a guide. And Dewa Arsana is the best of the best. With his wide smile, … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Infinity Villa

Top Travel Tip: Infinity Villa

Today’s Tip: Infinity Villa – Ubud, Bali Surrounded on all sides by lush, peaceful rice paddies, Infinity Villa is a small family run operation and they have thought of everything, from an organic breakfast served to your room each morning, to a local cell phone to use during your stay. Within the larger property are … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Chez Palmyre

Top Travel Tip: Chez Palmyre

Today’s Tip: Chez Palmyre – Nice, France If you only eat at one restaurant in Nice, it should be Chez Palmyre.  This place is the whole package; the atmosphere is perfect, the food is amazing, the service is great and the price is right. The tiny hole in the wall is absolutely adorable, and its … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Top Travel Tip: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Today’s Tip: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers San Francisco is a city with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to natural beauty.  And as if the sparkling San Francisco Bay, the towering redwood and bay trees, and craggy sea cliffs weren’t enough, inside the rambling green miles that make up golden Gate Park are the hauntingly beautiful white glass arches … Continue reading

I love a good door

I love a good door

No matter where I am in the world, i am always drawn to doorways.  From brightly painted ones surround by tropical pants in Brazil, to gothic relics in ancient Italian fortresses, to rusting wrought iron in Lebanon, I love them all. The older, and more derelict the better in my book: