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The View From Down Under

The View From Down Under

The move to Australia has been a long time coming but now that I’m here it all feels very abrupt. The Englishman got wind of a potential Sydney posting months ago so we’ve had plenty of time to get used to the idea. But no matter how organized the packing job, or how much advance … Continue reading

Attention Les Gazelles

Attention Les Gazelles

In the blink of an eye, my two years in France have come and gone. Nice and I have had a classic romance: I was infatuated with the light and the color when I arrived and then reality set in and I had to work hard to learn the language and ingratiate myself in order … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: The Boundary Roof top – London

Top Travel Tip: The Boundary Roof top – London

Today’s Tip: The boundary Roof top, Shoreditch London is known for its grey, drizzly weather, but when the sun does come out the city  is dazzling and a peaceful rooftop bar is the perfect place to enjoy a balmy evening. The Boundary, one of  Terence Conran’s projects, is a beautiful boutique hotel with three restaurants … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Yalta Restaurant – Jaffa

Top Travel Tip: Yalta Restaurant – Jaffa

Today’s Tip: Yalta restaurant – Jaffa, Israel Jaffa in Southern Tel Aviv is the city’s hip, bohemian center, with a huge sprawling flea market, and cool restaurants, bars, and shops down every street. The flea market (open every day except Saturday) extends through the the bustling little area with old timers hawking all manner of … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Fernandez and Wells – London

Top Travel Tip: Fernandez and Wells – London

Today’s Tip: Fernandez and Wells, St Annes Court London is rammed with fabulous restaurants and the five Fernandez and Wells locations are welcome additions to the city’s culinary landscape. Each spot has slightly different offerings, focusing on espresso, cured meats, cheeses and delicious wines. The St. Annes location is a tiny welcoming space tucked in … 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: 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

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: 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:

Top Travel Tip, La Part des Anges

Top Travel Tip, La Part des Anges

Today’s tip: La Part des Anges, Nice France Finding a good place to eat in Nice can be a challenge.  While there are an incredible number of cafe’s, brasseries and restaurants in this city it’s hard to separate the tourist traps and rip offs from the gems. This cosy wine bar is definitely the latter. … Continue reading

Don’t forget to look up

Don’t forget to look up

After living somewhere for a while, even a place as beautiful as the south of France, its easy to start to takes things for granted. I’ve been in Nice long enough now to finally have my own little routines and rituals but along with the comfort of knowing a place, I realized I was starting to … Continue reading

Step away from the door

Step away from the door

It’s taken me more time than it should have to get to where I am with my French.  I am still struggling with the basics, but I am finally starting to be able to have simple conversations with people.  And my newly minted French voice is opening all kinds of doors for me both figuratively … Continue reading

The last day for flip-flops in Nice.

The last day for flip-flops in Nice.

After my discouraging first day at school, things have been looking up considerably.  I am loving my class so far and miraculously I feel like my French is finally starting to improve. I never did find the elusive “U” bus but I managed to find the 22, which works just as well. I started off … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: French flea markets

Top Travel Tip: French flea markets

Top Travel Tip: treasure hunting in the côte d’azur The French Riviera is famous for its sultry, hot summers but Autumn here is spectacular too – especially if you love second hand shopping. Fall is vide grenier season in Provence, when the area becomes a treasure hunter’s paradise. The phrase vide grenier translates to clearing … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip Crema, Portland

Top Travel Tip Crema, Portland

Today’s Tip: Crema coffee shop in Portland, Oregon Portland is nearly synonymous with coffee and Crema is one of my favorite coffee shops in the city. With a silver laptop sitting on each honey colored wooden table, and an artfully bearded or bespeckled face peeking out from behind each glowing screen, it could feel pretentious in this place. But … Continue reading