In the Shadow of French Royalty at Château de Fontainebleau

After spending the morning at Vaux-le-Vicomte, I continued my château-palooza at Fontainebleau, which served as a royal residence for eight centuries and was even the spot where Napoleon abdicated before being exiled to Elba. Needless to say, there’s a lot of history here. With such a storied past, it is not surprising that there’s a ton to… More In the Shadow of French Royalty at Château de Fontainebleau

London: The Chaos and Beauty of the Columbia Road Flower Market

“Come on up, we sold all the crap last week. The flowers are fresh this week!,” the flower vendor cheerfully called into the crowd. It was Sunday morning at the Columbia Road Flower Market, and the day was in full swing: a mass of people, vendors calling out sales pitches that were varying degrees of… More London: The Chaos and Beauty of the Columbia Road Flower Market

New York City: Manus x Machina at the Met

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good costume exhibit, and the Costume Institute at the Met always provides (see last year’s for proof). This year’s theme was “Manus x Machina” – an exhibit dedicated, in the words of the Met, to “reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and… More New York City: Manus x Machina at the Met