After spending the first few days of our summer holiday in metropolitan Lisbon. I wanted to get out of the city and experience a slower pace. After enjoying beautiful, trendy, urban Lisbon for the first few days of my summer holiday’s I longed to see a beach and the sea. We, therefore took the 40 minute train ride out of the city to Cascais a pretty seaside town west of Lisbon.
Lisbon in Portugal was one of those cities that I was always going to go and check out but never got around to going, always choosing a city in Italy, France or Spain instead. Finally, this year I made my way to this beautiful city on the banks of the Tagus River and on arrival my first thought was what took me so long to visit. Lisbon’s scenic location on the river, the steep hills leading to breathtaking views over the city, the colorful tiles on the buildings lining the cobblestone streets, I can tell you Lisbon is one of the prettiest European capitals I have ever been to.
New York, New York my annual pilgrimage to the Big Apple took place earlier this summer and I did what I love to do most in New York that is wander around aimlessly no plan, no agenda just strolling the streets and neighborhoods taking in the sights, sounds and smells of this unique city.
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.
My summer holidays this year was a week in Provence, southern France. We based ourselves in St. Remy hired a car and toured the countryside. The first place I wanted to visit is Gordes. The little picture perfect village sits atop a mountain in the Luberon region of Provence.
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.