The build-up of favorite internet finds has reached almost epic proportions so I’ve had to trim it down to some favorites. Whether you are enjoying a bank holiday in England today or headed back to work elsewhere, I hope these kick off your day on a happy note.
In other news, I recently went on a little trip-planning spree and would love your recommendations on what to see and do in Amsterdam! Despite living in Brussels for ten years, I never visited. Seriously folks, that is ridiculous. So please send your recommendations this way!
Tina Fey’s “Lessons from Late Night” and 20 other classic stories from The New Yorker archives
How technology can give romance a little nudge
The NYTimes’ profile of designer Sarah Burton
NPR Correspondents put together a radio reenactment of the war of 1812
Really tempted to read the Outlander books…
The Buckingham Palace Guards playing the Game of Thrones theme song… see also: Best theme songs of 2014
“The Questions We Ask”
Susan has me dying to try the Steller app… (if only my old phone would download it!)
Best coastal drives
Jay’s pictures of Bath
A photo essay of the South
How to pick a summer read (it should involve a handsome man on a Vespa)
“This is not snuggle club” (Its Nap Club)
Kelly’s post on travelling with PMS
Picture of the Wiltshire countryside in June by Jess-On-Thames
I woke up this morning to a gray and rainy London.
Instantly decided I needed to look at some pictures from the trip my friend Lindsay and I took to Portugal. I’ll start pulling together posts from our trip to Lisbon over the (long*) weekend but in the meantime, here is a little preview. I’d go back to the bright colors and the views, the tiles, the street cats and the blue water in a heart beat.
*Side rant: it is not fair that most of continental Europe still gets two bank holiday weekends in November**. August 25th is the UK’s last holiday until Christmas… Its almost time for the big autumn push. I’m not sure I’m ready.
**I acknowledge that any Americans reading about the amount of holiday we get in Europe may want to take my passport away from me. Let’s just say I’ve “drunk the European Kool-Aid” and am fully hooked on the amount of holiday time you get over here. A good break keeps you sane. A good break lets you explore. A good break lets you read more and catch up with family and friends. The US should jump on the bandwagon.
Sometimes being an expat blogger is hard.
Exhibit A: when just a few weeks before you are supposed to move from Brussels to London you meet the sweetest couple on earth in the form of Annie & Justin from Montgomery Fest. (Please ignore my usual penchant for exaggeration because they really are the sweetest couple.) They are honestly like rays of sunshine. I just wanted to hug them about 10 minutes in and my sense is that’s a very common feeling for anyone who meets them!
I credit Annie with being part of the revolution behind the Brussels blogger scene taking place (she is one of the founders of the super fun Brussels Food Friends series (#BFF)) and admire the serious round of travels they undertook before moving back to the States. And when I say admire, I really mean I struggle with my jealousy…
The Montgomerys have recently moved to San Francisco and, while they are settling in, Annie invited me to write a post about London which I invite you to read here: 10 reasons to fall in love with London.
Be sure to stick around and take a good tour of Annie’s blog, especially her posts on Morocco, Porto, Barcelona, and Flanders – you’ll be hooked like I am in no time.