I had a wonderful weekend in Paris and a visit to the newly opened Fondation Louis Vuitton. With 11 galleries of different sizes, the building was designed and built by Frank Gehry and inspired by the Grand Palais. The glass building takes the form of sails inflated in the wind and the dynamic structure plays with light. The space and the collection are amazing and definitely worth a visit!
I had a great visit to Blenheim Palace this weekend. Built between 1705 and 1722, the only non-royal country house in England to hold the title of palace was the home of Winston Churchill. Located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, it’s now the principal residences of the dukes of Marlborough. Very recently the Blenheim Art Foundation was created and the first ever exhibition (currently on) is Ai Weiwei, the prolific and social activist artist from Beijing. The grounds of the palace are beautiful, the house is stunning and I now have a new appreciation for Ai Weiwei’s work!
I just spent a few days in Copenhagen for work and really enjoyed it! It’s a beautiful city and I had a wonderful visit to Louisiana Museum, a contemporary art museum with a great sculpture park, just north of Copenhagen along the shore. It’s a city with interesting architecture, bicycles everywhere and a huge number of cool concept stores. It’s the perfect city for Thames & Hudson books!
I just got back from another wonderful trip to Istanbul. The architecture is an amazing mix of Roman, Greek, Byzantine and Ottoman structures. Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, and as a result there are historical mosques, churches, palaces, towers and synagogues throughout the city.
I went to the Tower of London over the weekend to see the poppy installation marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in World War I. There are 888,246 ceramic poppies which encircle the Tower and each one represents a British military fatality during the war. It’s a spectacular, moving and beautiful display!
I had an amazing weekend in the charming town of Bruton in Somerset. About 2 months ago, the contemporary art gallery, Hauser & Wirth opened a location in Bruton. The multi-purpose arts centre also houses a delicious restaurant featuring locally-sourced produce. We then stayed At The Chapel, which is a beautiful, white, modern space with a bakery, restaurant, bar and 8 bedrooms. The whole experience was wonderful and definitely worth a visit!
I spent a lovely weekend in Ireland! I went walking with some friends in Carlingford, a coastal town north of Dublin and then went to Bru na Boinne, a Neolithic site with passage graves and standing stones, some of which were built as early as the 35th century BC.
I had a great weekend in Amsterdam with 2 girlfriends! The weather was fantastic and we ate good food, went to the Anne Frank House, the Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum, as well as visiting the charming boutique shops in the Jordaan. It was a wonderful getaway and I can’t wait to go back. Here are a few pictures!
I had a great day out at Kenwood House this weekend. This 17th century house on the edge of Hampstead Heath is known for the collection of paintings and beautiful gardens and woodlands.
I spent last week in Budapest and Zagreb for work, which was really interesting. Budapest is a city with beautiful architecture and cool street art. Here are some photos!