Month: July 2014

Barcelona + Ibiza, Spain

BARCELONA // Within hours of stepping off the overnight train into town, Barcelona shot up the list of my favorite cities in the world. It’s easy to spend whole days here “wandering without purpose”, as our bartender in El Raval said it, finding your way from Barri Gòtic to El Born down to the gentle waters at Barceloneta. The narrow streets are dotted with the most incredible tapas bars and local boutiques, all leading to the big thoroughfare of La Rambla and open market at Boqueria. This entire city is kissed by the magic of Gaudí, Dalí, Picasso, Miró – the art, architecture, clothes – everything is vibrant and alive in Barcelona. IBIZA // Sprinkled with white-washed taquerías and discotheques, Ibiza was a sun-drenched paradise. We ate dinner at a little spot by the water, Bodega, every night – fresh seaweed, cod fritters, prawns, patatas bravas – listening to DJ sets and drinking Mahou and Hierbas as the sun set over the roof of the two-thousand-year-old sleepy village of Dalt Vila. A place so old …

Paris, France

Summer in the City of Light means late sunsets and long picnics along the Champ de Mars, listening to guitar strums, breaking bread and drinking Bourdeaux over good conversation. Walking along St. Martin Canal, walking down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, walking up the hill to Sacré Cœur de Montmartre, walking everywhere you can. And the thing about Paris, is, everything is art in Paris. The sign posts, the metro stations – the doorknobs, the ceilings – a billow of extra cream in a warm café noisette. Every little thing is dressed in fleurettes, red and blue broadcloth, and a tailored adornment of toujours la politesse. Layering at the Louvre: You may already be privy to my aversion to checking luggage. Efficient packing is that sweet spot where my contingency planning tendencies and an intense love of all things miniature collide. For our recent 10-day trip I crazily whittled down to hand luggage only and when I saw a lone suitcase languishing on the open tarmac of the Madrid-Barajas airstrip – bravely standing like a wheeled …