FINAL PHOTOS… After, going through my photos this weekend, I had to post these final shots of my fall travels.
I am starting to organise my spring travel schedule- it is going to be a busy one. Look forward to more adventures starting in January with Thailand.
Oh Athens, such a beautiful city. I was not foiled by your strikes, metro, train, taxi, air-traffic controllers. The sun was shining and although I was trapped for a total of twenty hours over two days chatting to prospective students, I was able to have a quick poke around at the lovely centrally located sites.
Athens, good luck getting back on your feet.
I loved Mexico City. From what little I saw of it, I was impressed by its history, architecture, food and friendly people, although I was a bit disappointed in the hotel-lobby bar margaritas*.
I had the opportunity to poke around downtown after one of my many meetings. Here are some of the photos:
Ben and I made margaritas a few Friday’s ago- we used this recipe for Fresh Margarita’s, these were much better than my Mexican Margarita experience.
It started with bright sunshine and ended in grey mist. It was an hour and a half of fresh air and lovely sites along the Bosphorus. Look left and you see Europe, look right and there is Asia! So cool.
Happy Monday! How was your weekend?
So as you know, I was in Istanbul last weekend.
FLASHBACK… Ben and I visited in 2008 and had a magical visit. He arranged a dinner on the oriental side of the Bosphorus. Part of the experience was taking a lovely wooden boat to a quiet seafood restaurant. It was magical.
FLASH FORWARD… MODERN DAY… I had Saturday to explore the city. This is my fourth visit, but only my second with an exploration opportunity. Enjoy lovely Istanbul.
More to follow- Istanbul Modern and Bosphorus Boat Tour.
MORE MOSCOW… Just to remind you, I am not in Moscow at the moment, I am in Mexico, but here are some more photos from my visit at the beginning of October.
MORE PARIS… Here are a few more shots of Paris. If Ben and I had to move back to France, I could live in Paris.
Plus, I recently learned, my mom has a love affair with this city, which I never knew. My mom is excellent at keeping secrets! I hope she will meet me in Paris in March. Then we can retrace the steps of how her love began.
This was my fifth visit to Russia’s capital city and this was a the best trip yet. It was heavy on the work, but what made it top-notch, I managed to squeeze in some sightseeing with Maria (she has a tumblr too!)- one of our alumnae and whom I met last March. Maria is a Moscow native and is in the know.
Maria planned a walking tour and one of the stops was Leo Tolstoy’s former Moscow home, the Tolstoy’s had a country estate, Yasnaya Polyana located about 120 miles from Moscow. The Tolstoy’s wood-sided city dwelling is now a lovely little museum complete stuffed with the history and belongings of the family, Leo, Countess Sophia and their thirteen children.
(The children’s school room)
(Maria- one of the childern’s rooms)
(The upstairs sitting room- love the patterns)
(One of the sitting rooms)
(The back garden)
(The entrance to the guest house)
(The back garden)
I think I need to revisit some of Tolstoy’s works, but Maria was telling me, his wife, Countess Sophia or Sophia Tolstaya is the more interesting character. Her diaries have been translated and published and confirm Maria’s assertion that she is a worth reading about.
Still to come- Gorky Park, Body Pump- Russian Style!