Isn’t this the most beautiful dish? It’s “Ice-cold strawberry soup with solidified sour milk pudding” from Lom, Norway. Read more about the full Norwegian feast at CultureVixen.com.
Florence, known in Italian as Firenze, is in my opinion absolutely the most beautiful city in the world. I fell in love with the city during a blissful year abroad studying art, art history and the Italian language. I hadn’t been back to Florence for over a decade and with such great expectations to live up to, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Got to spend last week out in Denver, visiting friends and family and working on a couple features for Culture Vixen magazine. It was a blast! Here are some favorite photos snapped from the trip:
(Also be sure to check out my latest article about epic Denver sculptures, including the wild horse that tragically killed its creator.)
I have always admired the work of Sandy Skoglund and finally got to see one of her installations in person! It was very red, and very cool to walk through a room of jumping foxes!
This year’s Thanksgiving table was adorned with fall plants from the garden, which included persimmons, mini-pomegranates, pine cones, green shrub branches, brilliantly-colored leaves, and magnolia pods. I was fascinated by these pods, when a couple days after Thanksgiving, they began to open and all these crazy red seeds (berries?) started popping out. The coolest thing was that they would start out dangling from spider-web-thin white strings, which would later break and spill them onto the table. Isn’t nature enchanting?
I’m still going through all the photos from my trip to China…seems I fell into a total photography frenzy and took roughly 10,000 photos. (shame) But in my defense, I was there for a month…
Anyway, after years of reading and studying about Chinese art, history, culture, religion, and language, I finally made it to all the places I’ve always dreamed of seeing! Traveling to 5 cities in 4 weeks, the trip was a whirlwind of adventure full of gourmet delicacies, temples and palaces, visiting friends and relatives, and travel writing.
Highlights? Well, in HONG KONG, I had some of the best meals of my life! I also spent quality time with family, went to the famous bun festival, had my fortune read at a local temple, sipped afternoon tea at the Peninsula, bet at the horse races, bargained like crazy at the Temple Street Night Market, paid a second visit to the Big Buddha on Lantau island, had dinner on the Peak, got stuck in a tropical storm at Stanley beach, shopped until my feet hurt, and took a side trip to MACAU. Flew to BEIJING and hiked an un-touristy stretch of the GREAT WALL. Was awestruck by the massive Forbidden City. Saw the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, and a Beijing opera. Went to the World Fair in SHANGHAI, strolled along The Bund, and caught a train to picturesque HANGZHOU to explore the famous lake of Chinese lore. All in all, it was a fantastic trip full of wonderful experiences.
When I get through the photos, one day, I’ll show off some more of them! —G
LA has been burning this week, which also means out of the destruction emerge the most spectacular sunsets…all the junk in the atmosphere is making our sunsets over the ocean look like paintings with cotton candy clouds and liquid mercury waves. I shot these in Marina del Rey: