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Old Fashioned Christmas in Wisconsin.

Something changed during this last visit to Milwaukee. It’s like it suddenly became cool. Overnight it found its stride. With mid-century modern design sweeping the nations’ subconscious collective aesthetic, supper clubs and Manhattans suddenly feel like the right thing to do. But it’s more than mere recycling of time and trends, an age old pattern … Continue reading

bootcamp diaries on napa’s spring mountain: day 1

Driving through the curtain of fog from San Fran to Napa, I was determined to swallow my car sickness and enjoy the view. But miles of industry and slum made it difficult. So I focused instead on breathing and staring at the rubber panels on the floor of the bus, until someone yelled, ‘Napa!’ No … Continue reading

a brief encounter: montreal in 34 hours.

Sometimes, regardless of the time spent in actual transit, one must jump on the chance to explore a new city. When I learned that I could go to Montreal for a lengthy day and a half, I had my bag packed in minutes and a passport in hand. I have wanted to see Montreal for … Continue reading

euro scribbles: parisian bites, bottles, beds and other bits.

I couldn’t miss an opportunity to share the foodie details, so it might help you plan your next trip to Paris… Cafe de Flore:A tad bit overrated? Sure. But worth it at least once? Definitely, at least if you are someone like me who likes to imagine what it was back in its prime for … Continue reading

european scribbles: snapshots of paris.

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” He was referring to World War I, specifically, but the human condition generally. Travelling to Paris within a few weeks after watching Woody Allen’s latest movie Midnight in Paris, its hard not to feel the breath of some … Continue reading

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