Monday, 2 July 2018

Beginnings of Summer 2018 Miscellaneous

This weekend was a few days of misunderstandings and clashes.

Apparently, this summer is meant to be rather volatile and heated in more ways than one.

Going by this past weekend, I am going to try and lay low.
Our summer mews party was fun as usual 
but there was a bit of drama.
I am going to sage the street later tonight 
so no one confirms I am nuts.
(You see what I did there?)

London has been so hot the past week and you can really tell the heat wave bc the parks looks parched.  
I really wish London had better outdoor pools at times like this.

 I love the Connaught.
 Everything about it and their dosas for breakfast.
 Mexican for me is a summer food.
 But I can get carried away with the margaritas - salt and ice please.

Been doing all kinds of study this year with no plans to stop.
 It is like my second wind of university but 
this time it is purely for the love of learning 
rather than gaining a certificate.

You know how some things just look good but taste terrible?
 This cake was like an Eton Mess inside and so delicious.

You know what I really dislike?
Bad facials plus those entrapment freebies 
like beauty treatments at department stores 
which are only veils to bombard you with sales pitches 
while you have goo on your face.
 My brother gave me this gag gift.
I couldn't even feign gratitude for this Clarins gift voucher.
They all laughed at lunch at my reaction.
My real present came later.

 Avignon where I went to for a quick Provencal getaway has some world class museums that are practically empty.
 Really like the town more and more.
 In fact, I think that from here on end I will most likely go at the beginning of summer to say hello to the three towns I like.
 Here is a beautiful bathroom in Arles.

 While others diet for the summer, I do the reverse. 
 I eat at the pool.
Why do I do this!? 
I blame my sugar levels.
Vicious circle...

I love a terrazzo floor.
Whatever you do on top just seems to work even better.

 Inadvertently went to a pool party as the hotel 
I was staying at was hosting a disco.
Discovering new music ( for me - love Tyga now by the way), 
figuring out who is gay ( for my friend), 
seeing which people are getting pushed into the pool and 
observing desperados try to pick up was entertaining.
Plus the party ended at 8 pm. 
So my style!

 Nimes has a museum of Roman antiquities.
I would recommend that people interested in gladiators and the like go visit Nimes instead of Rome.
 Reason being, Rome has so much that the museums are stuffed but not curated.
In Nimes, there is a lot of explanation and information about the objects.
 Also Nimes, has a lot of Roman artefacts of museum quality.

 I also found a home decor store just by the 
Temple of Venus in Nimes.
 Old school and they had items that aren't easily seen on the high street or online stores.
 I bought a straw cushion but now I don't know where to put it.

 Apparently, Nimes isn't that popular but I still love it.
 It has one of my favourite restaurants.
 It looks like Lisa Vanderpump copied the decor.
 Food is ridiculously simple and good.

I love art as you all know but I am ambivalent about this structure in the middle of the Serpentine. 
 It just jars the greenery and the artifical colors are not what I need living in an urban area.
I want more natural green.
 This is the annual temporary Serpentine museum structure.
 It is what it is.
 This was a part of the floor where it went from to wet floor.
 I did a quick walk through but will go back to "feel" it.

 Still thinking of Masterpiece.
 I just love walking around the stalls.
 I did a few kilometers in there.
 Imagine only have a drawing like this to remember your loved ones if they went away on a trip?


  1. I hear you about summer being off to a slightly rough start! And the heat here in NYC makes it all worse. I don't like summer the way I did as a kid. Great selection of pictures. I feel like I took a little trip which is good because I don't know when I am going to get to take a real one. Do you watch Wimbledon this time of year? xx

    1. I remember one summer when the sidewalks were nearly melting in Manhattan!! Right now the world cup is eclipsing wimbledon ;) come visit London Jill!! xx

  2. Melting here in DC and children have arrived from Sydney. Amazing blues, dancers to watch and fried chicken in a Presbyterian Church last night. It’s not a margarita unless it has lemon and salt. Loved all your photos and your curation. Curation- that’s why I love some of the smaller art museums here. Keep enjoying summer. We are off to South Beach and New York.

    1. I know - who are these people who have no salt! you are waaaay too funny at my curating - i try and then it is a pain to rearrange photos hehe. Have a great time though bet NY will be scorchio!!

  3. I am really missing good weather at the moment, though it might send my discomfort levels through the roof.
    I love dosas. You can get good ones in Singapore in Little India.

    1. Unless you are by a pool then it i seriously too hot - i went out during the day and it took me hours to recuperate! i love indian so much i have practically no standards :)

  4. I definitely would have bought several of those lampshades! Now I'm thinking we need a family hols to Nimes, my older daughter would love the Roman stuff. She's going to Rome this summer with our son, very cute to see out kids travel together but it will be so crowded for them.
    SO HOT here, we were at a wedding on Saturday and it was 40 degrees, I was in a silk dress, heels and jewelry and I thought I would pass out... it all took place outside in the blazing sun.
    Love your updates so much they feel like a good goss session! xxx

    1. You would love NImes - the coliseum, the temple of venus, the ruins from roman ages in their park which is probably one of the most charming in france, and their roman antiquities makes it ideal!!! i learned way more in Nimes than Rome. I nearly passed out today too - hydrate Dani xxx

  5. Hello Naomi, Most public are is interesting and enlivening, even if some pieces try a bit too hard. Nimes, so famous for its antiquities, has long been on my list of interesting places--how lucky you were to visit there.

    1. Hi Jim, the town is so pristine and well kept to as it has the highest property taxes in France. i do think you will love everything about it :)

  6. This post was like a super-concentrated dose of something delicious, I could read it over and over again for a week.

    Made me feel hella suburban, as we say in Northern California, but it was worth it anyway:).

    1. I would probably not travel as much if i lived in Northern California!:)

  7. Went to a wedding outside Nimes a number of years back which was fabulous. Loved the town itself. Great shopping, food and things to see. The locals were very friendly to a single girl traveling alone which I was grateful for! Rome museums and tourist sites are just unbearable in summer these days. Not worth it.

    That cake looked delicious so glad to hear it was tasty! I always feel so ripped off when I go for the calorie load of a beautiful looking dessert or cake and it doesn't end up being worth it!

    Keep well and away from the negative energy!

    1. I loved the little boutiques and found some more this time around. Cake underwhelm is a thing these days where looks are valued so it was so nice that it tasted so good;)


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