Month: June 2010

Up Close and Personal on Court 19

Wimbledon has all the ingredients that we English traditionally love: cut grass, strawberries, Pimm’s, a bit of tennis (though not much of it by English players), the opportunity to talk endlessly about the weather with total strangers, queues … . (more…)


Moorish Castles and Wheelie Bags

Ostensibly, I was in Portugal for a wedding. A friend from San Francisco had invited me to be her ‘plus one’ at what turned out to be an exceptionally indulgent wedding in Sintra, a small, historic town just outside Lisbon. We dipped in to check out Sintra’s attractions on our way to the wedding venue from Lisbon and again on our way back. (more…)