paris in spring

paris in spring

Stephen and I went to Paris together for the second time at the beginning of April, after having had such an excellent time on crêpe weekend last June. Our plan was pretty much to do the exact same thing as last year, i.e., eat every single crêpe and galette we...Read more
brussels

brussels

Stephen and I went to Brussels last weekend to see Arcade Fire in concert*, selecting Brussels out of the European options (Brussels, Paris, Berlin) because neither of us had ever been there. In the five years I’ve lived in Germany, I’d still never even been to Belgium! Through Belgium, sure,...Read more
freiburg

freiburg

In the middle of October, the weekend before the Frankfurt Marathon, I went to Freiburg with Mandie and a couple of her grad school friends. The first day was warm fall perfection: no jacket, sunshine, blue-skied beautiful. The second day rained with a fury so powerful it was not worth...Read more
sardinia I: the southeast

sardinia I: the southeast

Stephen and I liked last year’s parts-of-five-days trip to Sardinia so much that we decided to go back again this year. This time we spent almost two full weeks there. These pictures are from the first couple of days, when we spent the night in Quartu Sant’ Elena just outside...Read more
kölner wochenende

kölner wochenende

I visited Mandie in Cologne a couple of weeks ago, and in between running 13.1 miles (training for the Frankfurt Marathon less than two months out!), splitting fifteen little dishes of fabulous Persian food with Mandie and Kedar, watching Clueless, and getting Flammlachs sandwiches and a Nutella crêpe at a...Read more
paris: city of crêpes

paris: city of crêpes

Have you heard of crêpe street in Paris? Rue du Montparnasse and the next street over, rue d’Odesssa, are packed with upwards of twenty crêpe shops. Stephen discovered this area when visiting Paris with friends last year, and brought me back for what we dubbed Crêpe Weekend: two days and...Read more
paris: signs

paris: signs

As has been documented a few times before, I’m a gigantic dork when it comes to signs and storefronts. Paris proved itself to be particularly excellent in this department when Stephen and I visited at the end of June.Read more
london & winchester

london & winchester

  In the middle of June I visited Lucy in London, right around the same time as last year, and did a surprisingly restrained bit of shopping, ate excellent breakfast outside (!) in Clapham while it was briefly warm and sunny, had a mid-afternoon trip to the pub to beat the...Read more
manhattan food recs

manhattan food recs

  1. Cienfuegos, East Village: amazing dark & stormy cocktails with homemade ginger beer; crispy avocado with guava habañero; excellent atmosphere. Yes, the cocktails are expensive. Yes, they are worth every penny. Excuse the blurry picture of the crispy avocado. I would have taken another shot, but we were too busy...Read more