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Expounding Riddles With The Harp Everything tastes better in a palazzo with a campanile. Advertisements
Slender is the Night Leaving new scenes behind, venturing forward, encountering newer and newer scenes, blissfully aware of our environs, a rapid diorama, we arrive at last in Verona. The celestial light of late sunset casts shadows in the water; … Continue reading
Lassoing the Moon “Life was a perpetual holiday in those days.” The Beautiful Summer by Cesare Pavese
La Traviata Scandinavian sopranos can be so quintessentially English.
A Thirst for Life To have one great local French restaurant is jolly lucky. To have two is lottery level luck. Sinabro and Soif almost face each other across Battersea Rise. In between is a branch of franglais Côte Brasserie. … Continue reading
A Muse Some sopranos always hit the high notes.
Strawberry Thrill | A Crumpled Festoon In season, The Summer House comes into its own. It’s time for Earl Grey in the octagonal Gothick dining room with the French doors flung open to the allure of summer.
Sloane Pirouettes and marionettes and silhouettes. A silent metronome ticks to the galliards and sarabands of our lives. And so we arrive at a large villa or small mansion. Ranger’s House in, at, on, and opposite Blackheath. It was built … Continue reading
Off Our Trolley On the gastronauts’ bridge of broad horizons, Brussels looms large, radiating racy and irresistible attraction. It ranks third – after Paris and London – in the Michelin Cities Guide. We’ve loved bistronomique at Scheltema and adored haute … Continue reading
Work Hard Pray Hard An incarnational habit. One of the city’s oldest churches in Brussels is a medieval stone’s throw from Grand Place. Established by the Brothers of Mercy in the 13th century, St Mary Magdalene is something of a … Continue reading