Why, Oh Why, Do I Love Paris?

“And when I’m returning from so far away She gives me some sweet lovin’ t’ brighten up my day Yes it makes me righteous, yes it makes me feel whole Yes it makes me mellow down into my soul I … Continue reading

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Low-Down from High Street

“London calling, yes, I was there, too An’ you know what they said?  Well, some of it was true! London calling at the top of the dial And after all this, won’t you give me a smile?”   – The … Continue reading

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Berliner Diary

“Berlin combines the culture of New York, the traffic system of Tokyo, the nature of Seattle, and the historical treasures of, well, Berlin.” -Hiroshi Motomura, US Law professor, 2004 Europe is a connected network of low-cost, no-frills airlines: a triumph … Continue reading

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Pane e Formaggio

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“I don’t need a therapist,  just a good travel agent”  – Girlgi.com We return to Agriturismo Saverno in central Tuscany for our ninth visit in ten years. Above Vaggio, an anonymous rural hamlet, we wind our way to hilltop vineyards … Continue reading

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In The Papa’s ‘hood

“Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome.”    -Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy; 2014-2016   We arrive at the Eternal City, under California-blue skies and … Continue reading

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In The Emperor’s ‘hood

“It is impossible to remain indifferent to Japanese culture. It is a different civilisation where all you have learnt must be forgotten. It is a great intellectual challenge and a gorgeous sensual experience.”                … Continue reading

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Tamber Bey

“We wanted to raise the art of living well.”    – Robert Mondavi A glorious June weekend at the the home of Barry and Jennifer Waitte in Yountville, CA, and their Tamber Bey Winery in Napa Valley’s northern reach at Calistoga. Vineyards. Pampered, praised, … Continue reading

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Plus ça change….

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”      – French proverb Paris – Les Awards Newest pan-gender fashion trend: Male or female – doesn’t seem to matter, just throw a skirt over a pair of pants and sashay … Continue reading

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News from the Mews

“I have nothing to say, and I am saying it.” -John Cage What’s changed since you were in London? Hipsters everywhere. Hipsters on bikes everywhere. High quality food and food chains everywhere. Construction everywhere. The official urban bird is the … Continue reading

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‘Ich bin ein Berliner!

  “All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ – John F. Kennedy   Berlin, devastated by Allied bombs, punished by … Continue reading

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