histories…my latest crush

Some people are star-struck by athletes, actors or musicians.  I, however, am wowed by chefs.  This is a long-standing predilection that I developed at the age of 5 upon meeting the legendary Paul Bocuse.  I may have been too young…

lawren harris discovered

Every publication I’ve opened over the last two months seems to be writing about Lawren Harris. Now it’s my turn. The reason is simple…   the special exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario is amazing!  It took an American to…

budapest

end of the road: things i learned

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…

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…

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…

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…

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