Venezia: my place out of time

I did not read. I took photos instead. A lot of photos. Last month, I went to Venice (for the third time). I went with The Man, who finally said that Venice “exceeded [his] expectations”. This isn’t something I’ll hear often, especially not about holidays. San Marco The most famous thing about Venice is St […] continue reading »

I promise not to read…

I read a lot. I am always reading. Street signs, menus, books on the tube, magazines with my coffee, newspaper headlines as i pass a newsstand. I am a reader.  My favourite escape and one of my favourite pastimes in life is to expose my brain to new experiences, information, emotions and ideas, using books. […] continue reading »

war of the museums: British Museum vs Royal Academy

This is, of course, an unfair fight. The British Museum has long brought a knife to a gun fight. A tradition in history, documenting, archiving, and an obvious affinity for achaeology must have served them well from the 1800s… But when it comes to designing exhibits, in 2014, I think they could use some help. […] continue reading »

Dinah Casson #talkingInteriors lecture at RCA – Notes #madewithpaper

Last night, I went to a lecture by Dinah Casson, of Casson-Mann, given at the RCA in Kensington. The gist of it was “think about the users”, and “they come to relax, learn, be surprised, laugh, cry, and leave as changed people”. Casson Mann design museums and exhibitions. If you made it to the AMAZING […] continue reading »

Sunshine and despair: Greece is bleeding

The sun is shining, the sky is the blue of postcards, and yet despair shrouds the country. People starving, begging, stealing. One retired gentleman immolated himself in April 2012, as he did not want to leave debts for his children. He saw no future for himself, his family. He was 77. My father’s age. I […] continue reading »

Caravan heaven

The most unprepossessing entrance to the worst kept secret in London! A brunch fit for… Well… The eclectic foodie. One of my best friends in the world had just come back from visiting his family back in Greece. He felt guilty and relieved at being back in London. He’d missed the place. And, to be […] continue reading »

Qype: Leicester Square Bar and Restaurant in London

London – Eating & Drinking – Restaurant – Bistros Food: Excellent Service: Lovely but sloooooooooow. Do not go there if you are at all in a rush. Bonus: Takes TasteCard (even on Fridays) for 50% off the food. Also has absolutely lovely armchair seats. So the slow service is happily tolerable, even pleasant. Favourites: Calamari […] continue reading »

Qype: Gaucho in Richmond

Richmond – Eating & Drinking – Restaurant – Steak Houses A well-kept secret, Richmond’s edition of the popular Gaucho has perched itself just by the waterside, under a massive oak tree (is it an oak tree? My herbology isn’t up to scratch). It has lovely seating both indoors and outdoors, with wall-to-wall windows making a […] continue reading »

Qype: L’Escargot Restaurant in London

London – Eating & Drinking – Restaurant – Gourmet – Eating & Drinking – Restaurant – French – Eating & Drinking – Restaurant Two stars based on disappointment rather than quality.The food just… didn’t cut it. If it weren’t for a special offer we all had, this wouldn’t have been worth the money by a […] continue reading »