Monte Carlo Travel guide

Discovering the French Riviera, Part Two: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Part Two of the French Riviera Travel Guide: Monte Carlo, Monaco “Ritzy” is an adjective perfectly suited for describing Monte Carlo – that glitzy city studding Monaco’s coast with its famous casinos, restaurants and shops. Often featured in novels and films (think the James Bond film, GoldenEye), Monte Carlo evokes a sense of attainable luxury –luxury … Continue reading Discovering the French Riviera, Part Two: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Discovering the French Riviera, Part One: Nice, France

The holidays already seem like a distant dream. I was frolicking across the French Riviera just a week ago, but it feels like an eternity. Perhaps the freezing Washington, DC air is to blame... At least I have fond and fresh memories to keep me afloat as I settle back into reality. This is the … Continue reading Discovering the French Riviera, Part One: Nice, France

Popping in at the MoMA, Andy Warhol and other Thoughts

"Pop." How can such a short, three-lettered word possess so many meanings? From carbonated sodas to music genres to loud noises, the homonym thrills with its transitional properties. My favorite definition of "pop", however, relates to the eclectic art movement. A brief description of Pop art: The movement commenced in Britain in the mid-1950s, and crossed over … Continue reading Popping in at the MoMA, Andy Warhol and other Thoughts

Brunching in Barcelona

Near Logan Circle, a vibrant tapas restaurant and wine bar sits among a heap of antique furniture shops and cafés. Aptly named 'Barcelona', the imaginative spot off 14th Street NW pours Spanish flavor onto classic brunch staples. To celebrate new beginnings, birthdays and farewells, I joined my friends last Sunday at Barcelona for a casual brunch. Nonetheless, the … Continue reading Brunching in Barcelona