Archived entries for Europe

Photos: Bastille Day 2014 in Paris

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Paris in June

For me, no birthday is complete without spending it in Paris. Once again, the city did not disappoint:

JFK Airport

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Le Marais at 10pm:

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A modern take on the French national motto:

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Exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris:

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Morning in the Tuileries Gardens:

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The Rodin Museum:

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The facade of the French Ministry for the Outre-Mer (overseas regions):

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Luxembourg Garden:

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Fête de la Musique in Paris

Every June 21, France (and many other countries) celebrates Fête de la Musique – World Music Day. It was absolutely nuts in the streets of Paris well into the wee hours of the morning:

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Flying Brussels Airlines, JFK-BRU

This week I had my first chance to fly Brussels Airlines, the reincarnated Sabena. The service was superb and the food was actually quite good.

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A very nice pre-landing gift:

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The A330 cabin at arrival in Brussels:

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March – or summer? – in Paris

When it’s freezing in New York, it’s time to escape to warmer climes…like Western Europe. This weekend Paris hit 66 degrees — unreal!

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La Defense:

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Evening in Le Marais:

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The always over-the-top Four Seasons George V:

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Robert Adams exhibit at the Jeu de Paume:

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Toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin. / All good things must come to an end.

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Valentine’s Weekend in Paris

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Skating at Hôtel de Ville:

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Marché des enfants rouges:

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Around Le Marais:

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Given its colonial history, it’s no surprise Paris has some of the best Asian cuisine in the world:

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A Paris Thanksgiving

I’m admittedly a creature of habit when I travel, especially in a place like Paris where I have clear favorites. This Thanksgiving, though, I decided to switch things up and explore other areas, like Belleville and Ménilmontant in the northwest of the city, with its busy street life and the amazing vistas, and south into the 13th arrondissement, around Tolbiac, with its clustering of Cambodian and Vietnamese cuisine (my fav).

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All decked out for Christmas under the rotunda at Galeries Lafayette:

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Earlier this year when I first discovered the Jack Russell brand during a birthday trip to Paris, I managed to hold myself back from buying a bag for myself. For the past six months I’ve been thinking about that bag, so this time, I couldn’t resist. I stopped into the tiny, almost-impossible-to-find, atelier tucked into Rue d’Alger near the Tuileries, where the staff was surprised to see a visitor from the USA! They were so excited to talk about the brand and hand stamp a monogrammed luggage tag (pictured) for my new bag. Expect big things from Jack Russell!

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Paris City Hall:

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Le Marais:

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Surfing in Munich?

I’ve seen a lot of crazy things in my travels but nothing was as unexpected as coming upon surfers while wandering around the landlocked city this week. It turns out surfers have been riding the waves of the narrow Eisbach River here for decades.

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Autumn in Munich

Fall in Bavaria is pretty spectacular. Here’s a taste of this past weekend in Munich:

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Around Paris

A perfect week in Paris of spectacular weather, good friends, and good drink to celebrate getting another year older!

From atop the Centre Pompidou:

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Hotel de Ville:

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Paris Mosque:

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Along the Seine:

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Jardin des plantes:

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Louvre:

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Bright as day at 9:30 p.m. in the Marais:

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Easter in Paris

Who doesn’t love Paris in springtime? (And summer…and fall…and winter?)

The view from atop the Centre Pompidou:

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Rue des Barres:

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Resin sculpture “Bonbon Drapeau Qatar” in yard of the Embassy of Qatar:

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Notre Dame on Easter morning:

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The inner workings of the crazy facade of the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute):

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Hotel de Ville (city hall):

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Paris

Without question, my travel weakness is Paris. It’s tough to go to Europe and resist its pull — so after a great Thanksgiving in Bavaria, I hopped the TGV from Munich to Gare de l’Est for a few days of proper R & R.

The only item on my agenda: check out the tea room terrace at the Grande Mosquée de Paris, the Paris Mosque, a great little hidden gem the New York Times wrote about once:

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Mosque courtyard:

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Centre Pompidou:

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Beirut artist Nadim Karam’s Trio of Elephants, outside Arab World Institute:

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Kids atop the Arab World Institute:

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Viaduc des Arts:

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Jardin des Plantes (Paris botanical gardens):

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Along rue de Rivoli:

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Munich for Thanksgiving

Last year I started a new tradition of going to Europe for Thanksgiving. Last year was Rome and this year was Munich to visit a friend, and to do two of my favorite things: stay at the Louis Hotel, and have lunch at the incomparable Brenner! Munich is a lovely city, especially this time of year. (But 24 hours is usually plenty of time for it.)

Marientplatz:

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The bar at Emiko:

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My room at the Louis:

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The freshest catch of the day (or so they say) at Viktualientmarkt:

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Around London

It was a spectacular weekend to be in London with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s! A few photos from around town:

“Search for Enlightenment” at One Hyde Park, the fabulously expensive and coveted development in Knightsbridge:

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Soho Square:

Comptons on Old Compton Street:

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My obligatory meal shots from flying with British Airways this week:

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Flying Icelandair

Yesterday I flew Icelandair from Paris-Reykjavik-New York (Why not? Air France was full and transiting via a rock in the North Atlantic makes for a fun story!). It turned out to be a blast!

Here’s their 757 Saga Class cabin:

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Lunch service CDG-KEF:

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Local treats in the lounge:

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Dinner service, KEF-JFK:

Bastille Day 2012

One of my newer travel traditions is Bastille Day in Paris – and once again, it did not disappoint as jets screamed over the city at frighteningly low altitude:

Hotel de Ville (city hall) after the parade:

Jardin des plantes (botanical gardens):

Institut du monde arabe (Arab World Institute):

Centre Pompidou:

Luxembourg Garden:

Left Bank shop:

The super cool big board at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport:

Around Paris

After making it safely and swiftly out of Brussels, I headed to Paris — perhaps the most reliable destination on the planet! And as always, it was perfect.

A bit of ice skating at the Hotel de Ville (Paris City Hall):

My favorite corner of the Marais, outside Open Cafe:

Mourning Whitney:

Place des Vosges (no DSK sightings):

Quite the window display on rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie!

My fav bar in Paris, Cox: 

Very cool (and ancient) storefront: 

Like all good things, Paris eventually must come to an end. But not before an Air France A380 adventure across the Atlantic:

Brussels -> Paris

When you find yourself in Brussels, there’s nothing better to do than get out – fast. Thank god for Thalys! And thank god Paris is only 80 minutes away!

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Thalys Comfort 1 service: 

 

Brussels / Bruxelles

Occasionally, one is so desperate to get out of town that we make poor choices. Such was the case last weekend when I hopped on a plane to an incredibly dreary and cold Brussels. Next time I’ll save Belgium for summer.

Palais Royal de Bruxelles (Royal Palace of Brussels):

Mail slot on a tiny side street:

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