Bratislava (Part 2)

Next to the Old Town Hall was the Primate’s Palace, built between 1778 and 1781, which has a Hall of Mirrors and some beautiful 17th century English tapestries, as well as period furnishings. The Hall of Mirrors was underwhelming, but the rest was beautiful enough for me to take a photo despite it’s being verboten. After the palace, we dashed up to a photography exhibition which was more pretentious than it was anything else, but it gave me the idea for a photo series of my own, “The secret lives of bridal gown mannequins”, the first of which is reproduced…

Fine times in the Hague

Blogger won’t let me upload my photos for part 2 of the Bratislava trip, so I’ll interrupt the blog to say that while we were in the Netherlands last weekend, we had what may have been the best meal I’ve had in years: we were in the Hague, at a restaurant called It Rains Fishes, and we had a paired five course menu. We started with two pieces of tekkamaki encrusted with sesame seeds and a lobster and seaweed salad, followed by prawns, then lightly braised scallops, then an incredible halibut with bok choy and black-and-white noodles in a truffle…

Bratislava (Part 1)

Bratislava, 45 km from Vienna. Bratislava, former capitol of the Hungarian empire. Braaa-ti-slava where the wind comes sweepin’ down the … never mind, Bratislava is where Abby and I were on 3-6 April – I for a conference, Abby to play the accompanying spouse for once. As it goes, Bratislava is a nice place to visit for a weekend – a small Old City, Hapsburg-era architecture, beautiful cathedrals, good food and wine. Another thing the city is known for is whimsical statuary. We arrived Thursday afternoon, checked into a pretty nice hotel, and then started walking through the city. We…