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Souvenirs from Paris & London

It always helps to savor and prolong fond memories from our travels by bringing home a few special souvenirs. To wit, these limited edition Hermès silk ties with Kelly boot charm only available at the 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré flagship.  These ties were made to commemorate the Saut Hermès au Grand Palais, an annual elite show-jumping competition organized by Hermès, and can be worn wrapped around the wrist or as a necklace.  Regrettably, I was too distracted by all the commotion in the flagship and neglected to buy more as presents.

Hermes silk ties

Those of you following along on Facebook and Twitter may have seen other fun souvenirs {wink}, but from London I came away with the glamorously spooky Damien Hirst skull card and a quintessentially British limited edition Mulberry clutch with Union Jack turn lock. These pretty unique finds will be worn with happy memories, indeed.  What are some of your favorite souvenirs from recent travels?

Mulberry Damien Hirst

London {Part III}

Happy Monday to all and hope your weekend was a lovely one.  Continuing along on the third {and final} report on our jaunt across the pond: No visit to London is complete without delighting in traditional afternoon tea.  We chose the Dorchester and were immediately pleased with the lush surroundings, the sublime trill of the piano, glasses of champagne, and the seemingly endless supply of finger sandwiches, cakes, sweets, and delicate tea. It was brilliant.  And to top it off, do you see the most adorable take-away box?

Afternoon tea at the Dorchester

We had a wonderful time visiting Tate Modern Museum where the thought provoking {and rather shocking} Damien Hirst exhibit is currently on display.  This exhibit is not for the faint of heart, so consider yourself warned.  What may appear ordinary at first glance becomes something altogether unexpected and extraordinary upon closer inspection.

Damien Hirst

Right outside of Tate Modern, we spotted our favorite artistic rendition of the British phone box that is part of the ArtBox campaign.  Adore the message: “Love Life Live Long.”

Le Petite Maison

One evening, we had a wonderful dinner at La Petite Maison and thoroughly enjoyed the most delectable scallop carpaccio and burrata.  We would dine there again in a heartbeat. Next stop: Paris.  But before leaving London, sharing one last photo of a favorite shop: Liberty, located in a Tudor-style mansion housing loads of innovative design, decor, jewelry, and fashion.  There is something so ebullient about this display, no?

Liberty London

London {Part II}

We arrived on a Saturday, so without a moment to waste we made our way to Portobello Market where despite the drizzle, crowds poured over the various vintage wares and curios.  Market offerings of street food were pretty tasty and I had never seen paella prepared in such a giant simmering pot.

Portobello Market

Portobello Market

Portobello Market

Later, we wandered the streets of Knightsbridge, admired the legendary Harrods department store, and visited the exhibits at the Victoria & Albert Museum.  More to come next week.  Have a marvelous weekend!


V&A Museum

London {Part I}

The city was abuzz with obvious excitement as host of the 2012 Summer Olympic games. Shop windows and bustling city streets were all adorned and poised to welcome visitors from the world over.

Shop window Olympics

We stayed at Belgraves Hotel located on a quiet block in London’s charming Belgravia neighborhood, with Sloane Square and Knightsbridge just a short walk away.  We adored the boutique hotel’s relaxed air and undeniably cool decor, and would not hesitate to return on our next visit to London.

Belgraves Hotel

In typical London fashion, gray skies and drizzle accompanied our stay, but there was so much to do we barely noticed.  I was thankful, however, that I packed a trench coat.

Regent Street, London

As in any major city, the streets can become overly crowded with oglers and shoppers, making it nearly impossible to walk through.  Do you spy the Tower Bridge decorated with Olympic spirit?  Stay tuned for more on our trip next week.  Have a lovely weekend!


Off to London & Paris

After much debate on our summer travel plans, we are off to two of our favorite European cities: First stop London and then Paris.  It will be a short trip, but with any luck, we will soon be indulging in our favorite foods {afternoon tea at the Dorchester}, shopping {on Portobello Road}, and wandering the halls and gardens of gilded old castles {Highclere}. Since we have visited both cities before, we are eager to discover new places … perhaps a little off the beaten track.  Weekly blog posts will resume when I return, but in the meantime, be sure to follow along on Twitter and Facebook.  Expect a steady stream of pretty pictures capturing our little summer escape.  See you back here very soon to share wonderful tales of our travels.  Have a lovely summer weekend!

London & Paris