Category Archives: summer fun

Espadrilles, anyone?

Great deal on these fantastic casual shoes from Spain.


Your Istanbul Hotel – the Basileus

A while back, I posted about my friend’s great experience in Istanbul when he stayed at the Basileus Hotel.

It is a virtuous circle. Today some folks commented that they will stay at the Baselius because of what they read. I wrote to the hotel and they immediately wrote back saying how delighted they are to greet these new guests as family. Indeed, they treat all of their guests that way.

So if you have had great contacts at places you visited, let me know. I love writing about great people around the world!

Wine: Made by Actual Blue Nuns!

Very funny! From the Mail Online: a prankster changed the labels on selected bottles of wine at a Tesco food store in the UK. I loved this one

Made by actual blue nuns in sea caves protected by wild otters. Full bodied with a hint of wet sand. Taste guide: Dancehall.’

This one has a certain je ne sais quoi as well

‘Great with lobster Thermidor. Best drunk in the street. Taste guide: Trouser Jazz.’

Trouser jazz? Yikes!

Remembering the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man

It is still August, the month that officially endorses silliness. So perhaps this is the right moment to recall the good fun the move Ghostbusters brought us 30 years ago. But just how would New York actually, react to a visit from a 106 foot tall Stay Puft Marshemellow man? Gizmodo ponders the question.  I am still trying to get my hands around the task of cleaning up 2,000 tons of melted marshmellow!

He Was a Perfectly Respectable Kisser

That was how a rather embarrassed Michelle Pfeiffer described kissing George Clooney in the film “One Fine Day”.  Perfectly respectable?  This is what you would expect from kissing your grandfather on the cheek. Wasn’t there  anything more that could be said?

I prefer Sean Connery’s response to a similar question at the Cannes Film Festival about kissing Catherine Zita Jones in the film Entrapment. “It wass a tough job” he said, “but someone’s got to do it.”

On the other hand, it could have been much worse. Vivien Leigh complained that kissing Clark Gable in making Gone with the Wind was an ordeal because of his terrible breath! Yikes!

The hazards of Hollywood!