Hi, friends, how have you been? My travel schedule has been crazier than usual lately and I’m not done yet so I wanted to pop in to say hello while I’m home for a hot minute. The past month has been so, so inspiring. Here’s some of what I saw and did…..
First, it was Chicago for a little work, visit with friends and inspiration at the Art Institute…..
Kinetic art fascinates me so along with some of my favorite paintings, I loved getting the chance to experience Jesús Rafael Soto’s Pénétrable de Chicago.
After that, I tagged along on a business trip with the hubby to Milan….. It was my first time there and whoa, the shopping was as good as I had heard. But that wasn’t the best part.
Knowing that seeing an opera at La Scala was on my bucket list and being the good husband that he is, he got us tickets for a performance. And as if that weren’t enough, the lead role of Simon Boccanegra was performed by Placido Domingo! Beautifully, I might add. (This was the view from our box before the show started.) I’m a lucky, lucky woman.
Still in Milan, I saw a very special exhibit of Yves Klein and Lucio Fontana at the Museo del Novecento…..
Fontana’s neon sculpture hanging above Klein’s blue pigment installed on the floor was the centerpiece and I couldn’t tear myself away.
But tear myself away I did – for a quick stop in London to see friends and get my fix of some of my favorite things in that fabulous city…..
1. Favorite artist. I tell you the stars really aligned for me the past month as far as art is concerned. First Soto, then Klein and then, it was Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy……
He’s probably my favorite contemporary artist so I couldn’t believe my luck with the timing of my visit. Photos weren’t allowed so here’s a stock photo and you’ll just have to take my word for how moving the exhibit was.
2. Favorite restaurant. Ever since my first visit earlier this year, Restaurant Story has been my favorite…..
It was as good as I remembered.
3. Favorite hotel and space. I stayed at my favorite London hotel, the Connaught, where this space has been my favorite spot in the entire city for years…..
One morning when I came out of my room, there were beautiful scenes like this all over the hotel…..
It was almost as if fairies had come in the middle of the night and quietly decorated the entire hotel. It was magical and really got me excited to start on Christmas decorating at home…..
as did the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Holiday Home which I went to see as soon as I got back into town…..
It has become an annual tradition and I swear it gets better every year. This is just a little peek…..
The Holiday Home is open until December 7th so if you are in the area, I highly recommend it. You can find all the details here. All the proceeds go to support the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Gardens and Farms, a very good cause.
And speaking of good causes, Mr. FTRB and I leave for Nepal next week to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. (Like I said, insane travel schedule lately.) I’m so happy to be getting more involved with such a great organization and in Nepal, too. This is a photo I took on our first trip to Nepal more than 15 years ago – on film! (Remember film?) Would you believe we trekked and slept(!) on all that snow you see there? I won’t be doing that on this trip but I’m so looking forward to being back there again!
Before I take off, I’ve got some work to catch up on and to get the house Christmas ready. So excited for that! I’ll be on Instagram (@FromTheRightBank) with all the madness and then back here in a few weeks. So until then, be well and happy Thanksgiving!
(All photos except the Anselm Kiefer by FTRB)