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FLEA MARKETS | Milan | Mercatone dell’Antiquariato

FLEA MARKETS | Milan | Mercatone dell’Antiquariato

All year round, on the last Sunday of each month, the Mercatone dell’Antiquariato is held along the Navigli Canal in Milan. This is one of my favorite flea markets in Europe, and I have found some of my best treasures here. It was here that I first discovered these stunning…
FLEA MARKETS | Budapest | Petőfi Csarnok

FLEA MARKETS | Budapest | Petőfi Csarnok

If a flea market exists in a city, I’ll find it. On Saturdays in Budapest, the Petőfi Csarnok in City Park fills up with vendors selling everything from bric a brac to shampoo, with some antiques thrown into the mix. It’s a colorful mix of merchandise…and characters. (more…)
FLEA MARKETS | Madrid | El Rastro

FLEA MARKETS | Madrid | El Rastro

On a Sunday in Madrid, there’s only one place to be. The El Rastro Flea market. Since the 15th century, the El Rastro neighborhood has been famous for the trade of second hand items. The market starts at 9, and by 11 the streets are teeming with people. I started…
TRAVEL TIPS | Three fave essentials

TRAVEL TIPS | Three fave essentials

Travel product alert! I will never again leave home without these three items. Ever. 1. TRAVEL PANTS. The holy grail of travel attire.They are made of a magical stretchy, no-wrinkle, lightweight and breathable material. Not only are they comfortable for the plane, they looked as good after an eight-hour flight…
TRAVELING SOLO [Tricks of the trade]

TRAVELING SOLO [Tricks of the trade]

I’m a woman and I travel the world. Alone. (With some occasional exceptions.) Alone, I’ve stayed in a stone cottage on top of a mountain in Tuscany, an 11th-century fort on an island off the coast of Brittany, an estancia in Argentina, and a riad in Tangier. Alone, I’ve shopped…
SAINT-MALO | FAVE FIVE [the best is free]

SAINT-MALO | FAVE FIVE [the best is free]

I’ve often been asked, “What is your favorite place in the world?” and in all my years of travel, I never had an answer. Until now. My favorite place in the world is Saint-Malo, a town in Brittany, on the northwest coast of France. (more…)
Italy | Risking my life for damask

Italy | Risking my life for damask

[damask |ˈdaməsk| noun | A figured woven fabric with a pattern visible on both sides, typically used for table linen and upholstery.] Not exactly the kind of thing you’d risk your life for, right? (more…)
TANGIER | Rockin’ the Kasbah

TANGIER | Rockin’ the Kasbah

I was in Spain, a mere hop, skip, and a jump from Tangier. That was a temptation I couldn’t resist. So I hopped the bus to Tarifa, skipped down to the port, and jumped onto the ferry, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, to Africa. (more…)
STYLE MOMENT | Tangier

STYLE MOMENT | Tangier

“Tangier is one of the few places left in the world where, so long as you don’t proceed to robbery, violence, or some form of crude, antisocial behavior, you can do exactly what you want.” -William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) American novelist, essayist, social critic, and painter
TANGIER | FAVE FIVE

TANGIER | FAVE FIVE

Tangier. My fave five. (You can get the mother lode of things to do in any guidebook—these are my personal favorites.) 1. LE SALON BLEU Rue de la Kasbah (entrance at 71 rue Amrah) From the rooftop terrace of Le Salon Bleu (photo at top) is the stunning view over…