Category: Travel

People and Places to Remember

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

 

– T.S. Eliot

 

Arts and Crafts comfort

Arts and Crafts style, the handcrafted tradition so popular in the early 20th century, has made a comeback in the last 10 years with its horizontal lines, medieval craftsmanship, and homespun comfort. Derivative designs are now everywhere, but if you…

Washington walkabout

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, I discovered it to be a very walkable city. Laid out in a radial system in the early 1800s, the wide, ample avenues crisscross each other making it easy to find one’s bearings. Even…

Teamaker central

When I was in Portland, Oregon, Gregory and I stopped in at the headquarters of Steven Smith Teamaker. Smith is the guru behind two major brands of tea: Tazo and Stash. After those two businesses were acquired by major corporations, he opened…

Scenes from Pike Place Market

More of a neighbourhood than a building, Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington is the home of the first Starbucks store, the flying fish of Pike Place Fish Co., and a variety of merchants, craftspeople, and eateries, all in view…

There are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them.

 

– Diane Arbus

 

The Shakespeare Globe experience

“All the world’s a stage,” but I think the best one has to be at the re-constructed Globe Theatre on the south bank of the Thames River in London, England. The Globe experience re-born Erected near where the original 1599 Globe…

An iconic house of tea

If you were to make a list of famous tea companies, Twinings Tea would probably be on it. Its teas are sold around the world and are known for their quality and high standards. And, as official purveyor of tea to…

Roman tea in English style

Who would have thought there would be a small piece of England in the middle of Rome? To the side of the Spanish Steps on the Piazza di Spagna, I discovered Babington’s Tea Room, where fine tea and eatables are to…