This last September, Evan and I were able to travel to Europe: London, Scotland and Spain for three weeks for a much needed break. Starting with London, here are some of our favorite memories.
-During the day trip into London, we found out that apparently for about one month each year the Queen packs up and heads off to her Scotland estate, Balmoral.
Two advantages to this: 1: Buckingham Palace is open for tours, showcasing regularly used state rooms and the royal habitat. 2: Our chances of seeing the Queen in Scotland when we were there later in the week were greatly increased. The later sadly didn’t happen, but we went on a tour of the palace that I would highly recommend if you ever get the chance.-
“Riding the Cut Vein” by Tom Bradford- 2013.
He uses torn fliers and posters from the neighborhood in LA where he is based, Limert Park. The texture and color was amazing.
This was constructed by a carpenter and a gold leaf artisan who were given instructions via telephone. I. Want. This. In my house.
Of course I love this, it’s a BMW engine covered with blue copper sulphate crystals. LOVE/LOVE/LOVE
–On to the Tower of London… Such a wonderful visit! The Beefeaters, the resident ravens (massive!)… the history! I grew up reading about Anne Boleyn, so seeing her guesstimated execution site was emotional for me. In addition to all this history, the Royal Jewels are also housed there. Oh. My. Glory! Diamonds the size of chicken eggs, rubies, sapphires, emeralds!! Scepters and spoons that are older than the United States. No photos allowed, unfortunately. And I wasn’t feeling particularly rebellious either.–
–Oh, Ottolenghi. This in itself is worthy of its very own post. I fell in love with Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes years ago, thanks to a dear friend, Marni Redding. Since then I’ve been an avid re-creator of his works. You have no idea the hallowed ground I was on during our visit to his restaurant.–
Above, the iconic mirrored ladies room. Finding the stalls was hard enough, try getting out. Perfection.