After a two year absence I was so happy to be back in Los Angeles. To read about my previous visit click here. We again decided to stay in West Hollywood but this time we rented a house just off Melrose Ave in the design district between La Cienega and Fairfax Ave. This part of Melrose is great for street shopping as well as having fantastic street art, galleries, comedy clubs, cool restaurants, cafes and bars.
In my last post I talked about my wonderful visit to Gordes. On leaving Gordes I visited the beautiful Senanque Abbey. The abbey is located at the foot of a mountain and is surrounded by trees and lavender fields.
Giverny, a thumb print sized village in Normandy, northern France is where I found myself this past August to attend a friends wedding. Giverny’s main claim to fame is that it is the village where the painter Claude Monet lived in a magnificent country home. This home is where Monet painted some of his most famous works. On touring the property I was particularly taken with the beautiful gardens.
I went on a short holiday to Charlston, South Carolina this Memorial day weekend back in May, therefore file this post under the very very late write up’s. Life has a way of taking away your time. I have been so busy my little blog has suffered. Anyway, why Charlston? well there has been a lot of buzz about the new culinary scene in this southern city, plus I had heard so much about the history of this old town and seen dozens of photos of picturesque streets and the colorful houses that my curiosity was absolutely peeked. Therefore when the opportunity arose I boarded a plane for a quick 3 day discovery trip.
People people people that is Covent Garden. The touristy shopping and dining meca in London’s West End, at the heart of London’s theater land. This neighborhood with the quaint side streets, indoor market, great boutiques and bistro’s, entertaining street performers, old pubs and a general carnival atmosphere attracts hordes literally hordes of people from all over the world. I recently spent a day in London while visiting family in Wales and I chose to spend most of my limited time in the city in Covent Garden. I have traveled to many parts of the world but London remains my favorite city, for me it has everything, it is livable, pretty, exciting and fun. During this brief visit there was not enough time spent to write a travel guide but if you are looking for travel ideas then maybe these images of Covent Garden will convince you to visit London, one of the best cities in the world.
When I owned a clothing boutique I worked briefly with Liz Klafata, who is a stylist and worked part time at the boutique. Liz became very busy and left to pursue her full time job. I did not see Liz for a couple of years until last year when I read in a local paper about Liz renovating and renting out properties in Chicago and starting her own rental company. Firstly, the article caught my attention because it was Liz and I knew her and it was exciting to read about someone I know. Secondly as I rent properties almost everywhere I go, I was excited to know more about the rental properties. I recently googled Liz and came across her company website www.bangtel.com. In a word AMAZING. Bangtel properties are stunningly designed apartments that I just want to move into. I reached out to Liz and it was great to re-connect. I found out more about her exciting new venture. Liz was kind enough to give a fantastic interview.
Last December just before I was due to go to Hawaii I was contacted by Catherine Scott who told me about an eye gel she had developed and a company she had set up called Honest Hazel. Catherine sent me some samples and I tried the product on my trip to Hawaii. Basically the products are especially designed gel strips that are placed under the eyes. I found the gel strips had an immediate cooling effect on the skin. After 20 minutes the skin under my eyes looked less puffy and felt refreshed.
I had not been to New York for years and I was overjoyed to be spending the three day Presidents day weekend in New York, one of my favorite cities. The weather gods have been good to us this winter. Temperatures have been mild, snow and rain minimal, weather wise there really has not been a lot to complain about. Therefore, it was bad luck that the weekend we decided to go to New York was the coldest weekend of the winter season. Temperatures were well below freezing, making it impossible to spend any length of time outside.
This post is part 2 of my Hawaii write up, part 1 is here. After spending the first week of our 2 week vacation in Honolulu we drove out of the city and moved into a rented cottage on Lanikai beach on the east coast of Oahu. There are a couple of things Lanikai is particularly famous for. Firstly, having one of the best beaches in the US and secondly, being the beach community that is down the street from Kailua where President Obama rents a vacation home for his winter holidays every year.