This is the prettiest toilet in my Toilet Gallery. My friend Katherine took this picture in a Swiss hotel bathroom, and I’m not surprised that the nicest toilet so far is in Switzerland, are you? One thing that I love about Europe is that it puts beauty in expected places and unexpected places. You are allowed and even encouraged to enjoy your surroundings, no matter how humble the task at hand.
We are planning to move to Paris next year (Why We’re Moving), so we decided to take an exploratory trip to Paris to check out schools, neighborhoods, croissants. We’ll stay a week.
Since this is a travel blog I find myself in the unusual (for me) circumstance of showing you what’s in my suitcase. While this seems a bit voyeuristic, I’m willing to do what bloggers do and show you the junk in my trunk.
I was raised in North Texas, where the summers are blazing hot and the winters are mostly mild. With occasional ice storms, tornadoes, floods, drought, and tarantulas. After December’s violent Texas weather, it calmed down long enough for me to visit my family. We had beautiful weather every day!
When the San Francisco Academy of Sciences was rebuilt a few years ago, I was more excited about the architecture than the science. While the science is impressive, the building was designed by Renzo Piano, and it has, among other things, a green roof, intelligent ways to use water and electricity, and the most beautiful indoor rainforest. It’s one of the most architecturally stunning contemporary buildings I’ve ever seen, and I became a big Renzo Piano fan. I have also seen his NEMO science museum in Amsterdam which looks like a big fish, and the appropriately named The Shard in London. I don’t have pictures of those, because I wasn’t doing a blog then. You’ll have to trust me on that.