Category Archives: Luxury

George V Hotel + L’Orangerie Restaurant Paris

Perfumed Notes | As Myrrh from the Tree “The physical transformations of Paris can be read as a ceaseless struggle between the spirit of place and the spirit of time.” Eric Hazan Lunch in Paris is always a good idea. … Continue reading

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Galignani Bookshop + Rue de Rivoli Paris

There Will be a Moon in Paris Tonight Cultured Parisiennes like Maud Rabin always comment how Paris is constantly under construction; the city as cathedral. Perhaps that’s how it can lean towards an old architecture yet expressing l’esprit nouveau. Chaneling … Continue reading

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Paris + One

Two Nights in Paris “It’s beyond déjà vu!” We’re all over the map but the City of Light has its own seductive draw. Maybe it’s the perfect crush of Parisian parties this spring. Maybe it’s the honeycomb hue the stone … Continue reading

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The Gore Hotel Kensington London + Christian Dior

A Half Century | It is Cricket What’s the story? A Royal Equerry. Raine Spencer’s best friend. An Al Fayad family friend. Two Lulu Guinness handbag hugging hoteliers. A pair of Cavani clad models. The couple who brought Shigeru Ban … Continue reading

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Rosewood Hotel London + Retro Art Afternoon Tea

Up On Reflection We’re leisurely making our way round the courtyard of Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, a mere canapé’s throw from Sir John Soane Museum. Our first visit was for dinner in Holborn Dining Room. Second visit, Champagne in Scarfes … Continue reading

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Palais du Pharo + Marseille

The Phocaen City Napoleon III’s waterside pad hogs one of the best spots in the city. Marseille’s best dressed palace is now a conference centre for its best dressed delegates. Hector-Martin Lefuel, known for his work at the Louvre, was … Continue reading

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Marseille + Catalans Beach

Avec le Temps The Corniche begins.

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Sofitel Vieux Port Hotel Marseille + Paul Cézanne

Unstill Life “Well, life is full of surprises,” proclaims essayist and novelist Marilynne Robinson. Couldn’t agree more. We’ve just woken up in Marseille. South of France. A night in Provence. There’s more. Breakfast in bed in the Mediterranean city’s best … Continue reading

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Marseille +

Webs of Moment and Meaning and Memory American writer Marilynne Robinson is enthralled by this “roaring, surging universe”. Witness, the fury of the Mistral. Here’s to zoomorphia: cathedral as zebra.

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Marseille + Corniche President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Onward to Camelot A pericope scooped from Marilynne Robinson’s writings: “We came from somewhere, and we are travelling somewhere, and the spectacle is glorious and portentous.”

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