Trailer Happiness…in London??

Trailer Happiness

Looking for a bit of Kitsch in London?  Then Trailer Happiness is your answer!!  Serving up classic cocktails with a “Tiki Twist”, this joint rocks Tacky! They’ll pour you a Mai Tai, an Old Fashioned, or anything in between!  And while you’re boozing, be sure to peruse the art on the wall…it’s only one step above the Velvet Elvis paintings they used to sell on the side of the road!! Happy drinking!!

Trailer Happiness

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Cliff Barnes, Sue Ellen, & Pitchers of Cocktails…

Sue Ellen

Stockholm has done it.  It has solved the Ewing-Barnes feud!!  Well, sort of.  If you side with the Ewing clan, then head on over to Sue Ellen’s, a fab gastropub with a great selection of beers from the Gotlands Bryggeri microbrewery.  Now, if the Barnes family is where your loyalties lie, then Cliff Barnes is the place for you!  This bar honors the massive amounts of whiskey drinking that happened on Dallas by serving cocktails in pitchers!  Yes, they serve pitchers of cocktails…and you will drink them in this converted school of a bar! For the fans of the old Dallas or the new, this set of watering holes is a must while in Stockholm!

Cliff & Sue Ellen

Mod, Bakelite, & Lamé

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Drop me off at the Fashion Collection at the Victoria & Albert in London or the Museum of Clothing in Madrid and I will be content.  I think it all started when I began watching old Audrey Hepburn movies as a child.  I was mesmerized by the elegance with which she wore Givenchy’s beautiful dresses.  Obviously, with this kind of sophisticated taste in fashion, by the time I got to high school, I wasn’t going to wear some frilly gown to the prom.  Come on, it was the 80s…you know exactly what I mean — ruffles, puff sleeves, and A-lines!!  To counter the hideousness that was prom dresses of the 80s, I went round to the local vintage shop, La Di Da, and bought a gorgeous 1950s silver moiré taffeta tea-length dress. It wasn’t Givenchy, but it was his style and it looked fab.  It even had the original price tag from Furchgott’s on it — $14.95!

So with this in mind, it should come as no surprise that I was quite excited when I happened upon the Museum of Design and Fashion in Lisbon.  Housed in an industrial warehouse with cement floors & walls, this museum is a design lovers delight.  Quirky, funky, & mod, this collection runs the gamut from furniture to shoes to lip-shaped sofas to bookshelves.  Definitely check it out to get your kitsch on!

Chocolate & Danish Modern

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When you think of museum cafés, you don’t often think “swank”.  However, that is not the case with the café at the National Gallery of Art in Copenhagen. With towering glass windows offering beautiful views of the Østre Anlæg park, this café imbues modern Danish art & minimalist design. The unconventional bright green tables and chairs mark a collaboration between artist Bjørn Nørgaard and designer Peter Lassen of the Montana Furniture Company.  Continuing the minimalist theme, each table is topped by only a porcelain vase with a single fresh flower.

 

Chocolate Mousse with Dried Rose Petals

Chocolate Mousse with Dried Rose Petals

In addition to these special chef creations, there is a daily buffet that will not disappoint.  It features salmon, herring, roast pork, & ham paired with a selection of salads, fruits, and cheeses.  Save room for a café latte and a chocolate truffle.

The Danish Version of Coffee & Donuts

The Danish Version of Coffee & Donuts

In typically Danish fashion, this café offers modern cuisine in a sleek, yet cozy, environment.  Velbekomme!

 

Funky Chic Medina in Marseilles

Au Vieux Panier

Six artists.  Six rooms.  One house.  In the heart of the historical Le Panier district of Marseille lies Au Vieux Panier, a Maison d’Hôtes of six unique rooms.  What differentiates this boutique hotel from others is that each room is designed by artists, graphic designers, and painters representing various styles, locales, & genres. Housed in a 17th century building that once served as a Corsican bakery, this hotel marries historic and modern.  From the rooftop terrace, guests can enjoy an afternoon cocktail while taking in panoramic views of the old city center across to the harbor.  Stylishly decorated with art installations throughout, staying in this hotel is a unique experience indeed.

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