‘come quickly, i am drinking the stars’ – dom perignon

Champagne is one of life’s elegant extras. Sadly, not an original thought. Charles Dickens said it first. But I could not agree more. Champagne is a cure for sadness and an amplifier of happiness. And of course, opening a bottle is wonderfully dramatic. Especially when you saber off the top!

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end of the road

Hunter and I visited 12 countries in 16 days before landing in France to celebrate his birthday. The trip was, at varying times, grueling, exhausting and exhilarating. It was completely different from anything I had done before. It was also a ton of fun. Staying at airbnb’s made us feel a part of the daily…

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baltic blast

Leaving Russia, Hunter and I picked up our travel pace. We zoomed through the Baltic, spending more time on the bus than in any one place. Often lumped together, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are completely different countries. Though they did share a 20th century history. All were part of the Russian Empire, gaining independence after…

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great to be peter

When Peter the Great visited Versailles he thought, “I want one”. I’ve always thought the same thing.   An upside of being Tsar is that you actually can have one. When Peter returned from his 1717 stay in France, he began expanding on the small, for a tsar, island complex he called Peterhof, determined to have…

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in the footsteps of tsars

Hunter couldn’t wait to get to St Petersburg. He has been studying Russian history and had long dreamt of walking in footsteps of the Tsars. I’m worried I may have ruined him. He fell madly in love. Not surprisingly. The city is beyond stunning; much changed since I was last there. In 1995 there was…

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backpacking with hunter

Hunter worked all last summer and lived with in what I have been informed is a shockingly inadequate allowance all year in order to save enough money to backpack around Europe this summer. He and three friends had the whole thing planned. They would go lots of places and see lots of football. France is…

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