Lifestyle and Travel Blog

Honestly, when Chaos told me we’d be visiting the land of the Faroes, I packed duffle coats, scarves and wooly hats yet to my surprise it turned out to be sand, sun and pyramids. Only joking. Chaos and I had actually both visited the country years ago, during an earlier dynasty when we were young […]

Metropolis. George Grosz. Thyssen-Bournemisza When one thinks about it, this could have been my capital -along with all other Brits- city. If only Mary Tudor had lived longer, her pregnancy hadn’t been a false one, or the Armada captains had had more favourable winds, we could have continued under Spanish suzerainty, and all the ramifications […]

Extraordinary city. The place simply oozes history, culture, calories and sophistication. Every time time I come here, I fantasize about moving to the city permanently -at any moment in its history! I’ve been to Rome half a dozen times, so my experiences at the sites, restaurants, hotels, markets or accommodations are in no discernible order. […]

Back to Mexico, a favourite destination whichever town or city we happen to visit. On this occasion, it’s a first trip for both of us to the charming town of Oaxaca, that Chaos is organizing as a wonderful birthday present. As it requires a transfer in Mexico City, this means starting from home at an […]

Our southernly neighbour is a super spot for either a weekend R & R, or a longer trip if you can get to the fabulous San Blas islands. The capital Panama City is an exciting town, with decent restaurants and clubs, an interesting old quarter, and plenty of opportunities for great photography. Way too much […]

Totally awesome, surreal place. We keep going back and every time, the island gives you more. The first time we went, I felt the most overwhelming sense of sadness, as the dilapidated buildings on the Paseo del Prado seemed to possess the air of a once elegant person who had recently fallen on hard times. […]

Chaos’ antiques store is full of so many beautiful things, and whilst I’ve often offered to show off my wood-working skills, for some reason she prefers to get it from authentic sources and professionals, so every year we travel to Asia to buy the furniture. Large architectural pieces such as doors, columns, arches and armoires, […]

So, Santa Teresa finds itself as one of the coolest spots on the planet, apparently in the august company of Mykonos, Marrakech, Tulum and Bali as one of those truly hallowed places where the ‘beautiful people’ hang out and sprinkle a little of their stardust on us poor mortals. And quite frankly, who would blame […]

Assuming reincarnation is both real and available, I’d like to come back as a Flamenco dancer, and whilst the floral frocks, bright make-up and large earrings worn by the ladies are really super, I’d still prefer to be the male lead. I mean, how many jobs allow you to wear seriously cool, noisy shoes, shiny […]

Turkey is a really special place to visit, and whilst Istanbul is a truly great capital with so much to see and enjoy, the rest of the country is a veritable treasure chest where you might run the extraordinary sights and experiences through your fingers, each town, site and village sparkling ever more brightly than […]

So, we’re doing our marathon one thousand mile tour of Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon and Lake Powell and need a starting and end point, so we reluctantly book flights for Las Vegas. We were absolutely determined to hate the city, the global emblem of excess, waste, artificiality, eternal Britney […]

Absolutely nothing prepares you for a trip to India. It is an assault upon the senses -I mean that positively- a fact that might overwhelm you when you simply want a respite from the constant, remarkable, sensory stimulation. You simply cannot be indifferent to the country, it demands appraisal. I lived there for two years […]

I moved to Paris when I was twenty-two years old. I had been working at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxford with Monsieur Blanc for two years, and he had genourously, nay, alchemized me, by sending me to work at the iconic restaurant Jamin, with Monsieur Joel Robuchon. The greatest privilege, the greatest educative […]