After much debate, Simon and I decided with heavy hearts yesterday to cancel our trip to Istanbul next week. We were so looking forward to experiencing the magnificent city, but given yesterday’s tragic events, decided it isn’t the right time. Instead, we’ll be heading from London to Italy and Switzerland where we’ll spend the week exploring Lugano, Lake Como, and Milan. Let me know if you have any recommendations (museums, restaurants, shops…). I haven’t been to the Lake District since I moved away ten years ago. My heart goes out to the people of Turkey—I hope we’ll get to explore your beautiful country someday soon.
Ever dreamed of walking on water…? I’m itching to get to Italy to experience artist Christo’s latest creation, The Floating Piers. The interactive installation consists of a 2-mile floating walkway on Lake Iseo connecting the mainland to two islands, usually only accessible by boat. The piers were constructed with floating recycled cubes covered in bright saffron-colored fabric. First conceptualized in 1970 by Christo and his late partner, Jeanne-Claude, the fully realized masterpiece must be quite the sight to behold. Having gone to college in the nearby city of Lugano, the lake district is an corner of the globe near and dear to my heart. The installation is only open for 16 days (June 18 – July 3) and has had an overwhelming amount of visitors (97,000 people visited last Wednesday alone!). Have you ever experienced one of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s works in person? What a dream!
Simon and I will be spending a few days in London before our Istanbul honeymoon, and I’m hoping to stop by this Alex Katz show at the Serpentine Galleries. Titled “Quick Light,” the show includes landscapes, cityscapes, and portraiture spanning decades of Katz’s career. His portraits of his wife, Ada, are always among my favorites (this book, which I own and treasure, sums up her chicness). Seen any great exhibits lately…? I’d love to hear!
I’m dying to get to India and all the recent publicity for Jaipur’s stunning Bar Palladio isn’t helping to soothe my wanderlust. Located in the gardens of the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, every detail of the dreamy space was conceptualized by Dutch designer Marie-Anne Oudejans. Inspired by the old school glamour of Caffé Florian and Harry’s Bar in Venice (the cuisine is Italian…), the opulent setting includes mango trees, tented canopies, and wandering peacocks. Added to my bucket list!
Today is a big day in the City of Light! After nearly four years of renovation, the Ritz Paris has reopened and the New York Times revealed these photos of the updated interiors. I’m anxious to get to Paris to have tea in the Salon Proust pictured above. Intrigued…? Here are twelve fun facts about the legendary hotel:
Did you know there’s an uninhabited island in the Bahamas where visitors frolic amongst feral swimming pigs? I spotted the hilarious destination, known as Pig Beach, on instagram and couldn’t resist sharing with you. The pigs are friendly to visitors and spend their days basking in the sun and playing in the surf. Sounds like a pretty nice life if you ask me! Would you visit the pigs…? Terrible tourist trap or bucket list experience…? Learn more about the swimming pigs here.