Reykjavik | About Those Sweaters

Reykjavik | About Those Sweaters

This sweater is iconic in Iceland.  When I visited Iceland, I couldn’t wait to find out the ancient origins of the famous knitted patterns.  I imagined that the traditional craft had been handed down from generation to generation, like a family heirloom. I was in for a surprise. Almost immediately,…
BOOK | Paris Views | Gail Albert Halaban

BOOK | Paris Views | Gail Albert Halaban

For the past couple weeks, our hearts have been with the people of Paris, in solidarity, following a brutal terrorist attack.  “Paris Views”, a captivating new book from photographer, Gail Albert Halaban, shows us a quieter side of the City of Light. One of my guilty pleasures, in my travels…
The pen is mightier than the sword

The pen is mightier than the sword

On January 7, 2015, Islamic militant gunmen killed twelve people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, presumably in response to controversial cartoons published by the magazine. Philip Gourevitch, The New Yorker: “The French cartoonist Stéphane (Charb) Charbonnier liked to say, when jihadis repeatedly threatened to silence…
Iceland | Impassable

Iceland | Impassable

The sign at the foot of the glacier said, “Impassable,” but that didn’t stop us from heading onto the frozen plateau and into a treacherous adventure…but let’s start at the beginning.  A couple years ago, my son and I went to Iceland for Christmas, and I thought it would be…
Eye on Design| Los Angeles | Lotta Stenson

Eye on Design| Los Angeles | Lotta Stenson

Not long after I was in Sweden, I was working in Los Angeles and happened upon the fabulous shop of Swedish designer, Lotta Stensson.  It was a serendipitous meeting, not only because I had just been in Sweden, but because Lotta is a kindred spirit . . . a designer…
Stockholm | Södermalm

Stockholm | Södermalm

The hip and happening area of Södermalm has been getting a lot of attention in the past few years: It was recently ranked as one of Vogue magazine’s “World’s Coolest Neighborhoods.”. And from the New York Times: “Södermalm has evolved from a gritty, working-class neighborhood into Stockholm’s hippest district, with…
Stockholm | Långa Raden Restaurant

Stockholm | Långa Raden Restaurant

I like to eat as much as the next guy, but what really gets me excited is how the food looks. The cuisine in the Långa Raden restaurant at Hotel Skeppsholmen was delicious – but the best part is that it was perfectly styled. I mean, just look at that…
Stockholm | Hotel Skeppsholmen

Stockholm | Hotel Skeppsholmen

After spending several wonderful days at the Nobis Hotel in central Stockholm, we piled our suitcases into a taxi to depart to the island of Skeppsholmen, where we would be staying for the remainder of the trip. (If you missed the previous post, and wonder why I’m changing hotels –…