Ausonia Hungaria

After experiencing the crushing cloud of tourism overcrowding and humidity, I was so happy with my decision to stay on the beautiful island of Lido. Once the island was selected, I struggled to decide between budget hotels, the old grand dame of the beach, and the historic, but newly renovated Ausonia Hungaria. One glimpse of…

Villa La Mirabella

After a long conference in Basel, I trained down to Lake Como for a few glorious days at the eleven room, Villa La Mirabella. This family-run villa from the 1860’s is well situated just north of Tremezzo in Griante which is handy for all types of ferries and is in walking distance of plenty of…

Nyon to Yvoire

This post is a public service announcement that you can easily take a ferry from one little town to another. In Nyon, just outside of Geneva, you can hop of a ferry in the middle of the waterfront and head to one of many places. Today that place is Yvoire, a medieval village in France….

Venissa

Next to Burano, on the island of Mazzoboro is the most charming place on the planet, aka, Venissa. Part Michelin-starred resto, part osteria, part small hotel, and part vineyard, this place is absolute heaven. I started my visit with a walk through the gardens that are especially known for their artichokes. Nine retirees from neighboring…

Lido

For the Venice leg of my journey, I decided to last minute stay in Lido, the neighboring beach island next door. After spending a day in the crushing mass of tourists, crammed into humidity filled spaces, I was quite glad that I did. Just look at these streets. Wide sidewalks either filled to the brim…

Burano

I just spent the last few days exploring the areas of Venice that had been previously unknown to me- Lido, Murano, Burano, and Mazzorbo. My favorite of the list was Burano, so I just had to share a few highlights in photo form. After a sleep-inducing hourly hour-long ferry, you arrive in a sort of…

Kew Grill

The last night in Richmond, I kept it simple and instead of trekking to a world renowned spot, I just headed next door to the Kew Grill. The Kew Grill has some very cheeky signs and menu notes, but I’ll leave that for you to find! (Or perhaps if you’ve seen my IG story, you…

Kew Gardens

The reason for the stay in Richmond was, of course, to see the Kew gardens. The attraction was new to me and I was stoked to see the Chihuly installations that blew me away. Here’s a pictorial look into a mostly sunny afternoon of art, many steps, and the need for a pic-nic.

The River Cafe

The River Cafe had long been on my bucket list of restaurants to try with so many famous chefs training there on simple, Italian food. After landing in my somewhat far flung location in Richmond and seeing this was just across the river and a quick walk, I decided I had to snag a seat,…

Coach & Horses Kew

When I found out that Chihuly was exhibiting in The Royal Botanic Kew Gardens for the first time in some 30 years, I instantly knew what I’d be doing for Memorial Day. The problem was Memorial Day is also a bank holiday in the UK, so every hotel was a fortune. That’s how I found…

Hotel Ambassador Nyon

Just to the north of Geneva is the tiny town of Nyon and one of the headquarters of my company. While on my last trip, I was treated to the privaledge of staying four nights at the new Hotel Ambassador. The hotel is perfectly located in the middle of the town, on the top of…

Violet Bakery

On Sunday morning, I took a leisurely stroll through the charming Columbia Road Flower Market. The wares were absolutely gorgeous and made me wished I lived in London among a house full of flowers, refreshed on the weekly. The only less-than-charming attribute were the merchants warning tourists they may be mugged at any moment and…