In August, I was in New York City for work. Our office is located right across the street from the World Trade Center site, and over the years, I've watched that area transform from a recovery site to what it's becoming today - a poignant reflection and memorial area punctuated by a nod to the future with the construction of One World Trade Center.
The best meal I had in London was at Mele e Pere (a London trattoria in SOHO), courtesy of my savvy U.K.-based friend and business partner. He's Italian by birth, and much of his family still lives in Italy. His restaurant choice proves he knows the sustenance of his people. It was really special, all around.
Amazing food aside, they had homemade vermouth. I had
I've been on the road for a week and half for work, and, today, on the morning where I finally get to go home, hug my family and sleep in my own bed (wooooo hoooooo!), I woke up feeling incredibly homesick.
I guess a week and a half away with no real family time is my breaking point :).
I just started packing my suitcase
After my quick run through of Hyde Park Corner, I headed across the street to Hyde Park and took, quite possibly, the shortest stroll possible through this iconic park. I Googled a map of Hyde Park upon my return home, and viewing the map full size on my 13-inch MacBook Pro screen, I covered about a pinky's worth of ground all told. Haha. To give
Before traveling to London, I asked Kenny for some tips since he heads to the UK fairly often for work. One of the things he told me was that 'iced tea' isn't a thing, and that ice in drinks, generally, wasn't hugely popular.
So I said, "If I order a water, they bring me water in the glass, no ice?" He said, "Right." "How about
After visiting the WWII Royal Airforce Bomber Commander memorial, I crossed over to Hyde Park Corner and strolled around before heading to Hyde Park. Hyde Park Corner seems to be a home to memorials - lots of interesting sculptures to be admired. I'd definitely want to spend more time there if I am lucky enough to get back to London some day. I know I missed
While on my mini-walking tour of the Buckingham Palace area, I walked through Green Park and happened upon the Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial. A newer memorial - dedicated on June 28, 2012, it is a lovely tribute to over 55,000 British and ally aircrew.
I was taken by the fact that even today, just about 69 years after World War II ended, visitors had left
While in London, I stayed at the lovely The Grosvenor Hotel. It's situated right next door to the very busy Victoria Station (second only to Waterloo in terms of traffic). The hotel was built in the 1860s by the Victorian railway pioneers and was recently refurbished in 2012. (You can read more about the original build and restoration here if you are interested - I was
Truth be told, I feel like I only recovered from jet lag this past weekend. Crazy, right? I've been back for a week...but honestly, I didn't really sleep when I was in London. Lucky for me, the early years of having babies who are only 16 (and some change) months apart laid a solid foundation for adaptable sleep patterns, right? Haha. Save for last night, I
Heading to London has been what feels like a lifelong dream for me. And it finally came true this week! Woo hoo!
As frequently as I travel for work (and it's really not much compared to road-warrior standards), I never have to travel internationally. In fact the last time - and only time! - I traveled internationally was about 14 years ago when I went