Month: May 2018

Postcard from Giro 2018: part I

We kicked off our Giro adverture in NE Italy, staying in Pordenone, which has a beautiful Old Town surrounded by a river and plenty of greenery. It’s a place and area we both know well as my beloved has clients here and I have a… Continue Reading “Postcard from Giro 2018: part I”

Postcard from Ljubljana

On a recent trip to watch a few stages at Giro d’Italia 2018, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours in Ljubljana which many consider an undiscovered European gem – not sure I’d go quite that far! As we drove over from… Continue Reading “Postcard from Ljubljana”

A Wonderful Opportunity for Someone

From time to time I do a spot of head-hunting. This time it’s for one of my favourite clients, a European, second generation family-run, profitable and innovative company. It is setting up something which will be quite ground breaking, disruptive even in a business sector which… Continue Reading “A Wonderful Opportunity for Someone”

A few of my favourites spots in Paris

Over the years we’ve tried to stay in and explore many of the different arrondissements in Paris. It’s not that we’ve “run out” of quartiers but rather that we’ve fallen in love with Le Marais (3rd and 4th arrondissements) which, along with Montmartre, Saint-Germain-des-Prés… Continue Reading “A few of my favourites spots in Paris”

A visit to Les Invalides, Paris

On our most recent trip to Paris, my beloved noted there was an exhibition exploring Napoleon’s Strategy at Les Invalides and expressed a desire to go and see it. I’d visited years ago but my beloved had never been. It’s well worth a visit,… Continue Reading “A visit to Les Invalides, Paris”

A visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Uber-rich Arabs, Russians, Thais and Chinese acquire football clubs, but the French – been there, done that, got the t-shirt – establish Fondations. Even as I type work is being carried out on the old stock exchange opposite Les Halles for M Pinault’s Fondation.… Continue Reading “A visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton”

A visit to the Musée Picasso in Paris

On our most recent trip to Paris we once again stayed in the Marais (3rd and 4th arrondissements) and used this as our base for visiting pastures old and new. One of my favourite buildings in the area is the one which houses many… Continue Reading “A visit to the Musée Picasso in Paris”

Postcard from Paris

My beloved’s birthday was during a recent, exhausting 10 day trip to China. Consequently, I suggested a 4-day trip to Paris to unwind and celebrate. Thanks to the train strike this was necessarily extended to a 5-day trip – no complaints from me. Once… Continue Reading “Postcard from Paris”

People watching

Is there anything better than sitting down with a nice hot or cold drink, depending on the season, and indulging in a spot of people watching? My beloved and I adore – okay it’s mostly me –  speculating on the nationality, profession and reasons… Continue Reading “People watching”

40 years of Memorable Moments: Reichstag, Berlin

I’m continuing with my series of Memorable Moments to celebrate our 40 years of marriage – where did the time go? Looking back with my beloved, it’s amazing how many of our special moments were spent with my late parents. Of course, now that… Continue Reading “40 years of Memorable Moments: Reichstag, Berlin”