Blog Posts tagged with Travel

Paris and Back 2013

Posted: October 29, 2013 13:42 Last Updated: | John Buxton

I feel compelled to share a little of what happened earlier this year during my trip to Paris, which certainly was a trip to be included as a chapter in the book that I will never write. We arrived and took just enough time to drop our suitcases off at the hotel before heading out to Quai Branly (or I now understand is simply MQB). MQB opened in 2006 as a result of at least partially of the efforts of President Chirac, the great art dealer Jacques Kerchache, and many others that I just don't know about. Madame Helene Joubert was given the task of moving 80,000 plus objects from the Musee d...


Queen Street Grocery, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 29, 2010

Posted: July 29, 2010 05:27 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 29, 2010 Here was a missed opportunity, the Queen Street Grocery. Apparently it is the be all and end all - good local and organic foods, excellent crepes and wine! Who could ask for anything more? This should be a fixture in any downtown, a nice corner market where you can stock up on a few groceries from the CSA, buy a newspaper, have a coffee, catch up on the gossip and oh, maybe buy that nice bottle of wine for dinner. Their slogan is "Local Fresh + Organic Deliciousness." I just liked it for the beauteous "Q" on their window. People who get the typography right might be s...


Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 28, 2010

Posted: July 28, 2010 05:41 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

When you go to Charleston you must tear yourself away from the glories of the gardens and window boxes and your new friends, the gardeners. You simply have to visit Blue Bicycle Books at 420 King Street. The facade is narrow, but the shop itself telecopes and extends magically back from the street for miles! The Tall One and I had to make two visits because we were overcome with Stendahl's Syndrome after the first go round: the sheer number and array of books was too much for us. We had a restorative lunch at The Pita Pit (351 King Street) another little, narrow, crooked-fence sor...


Secret Garden on Meeting Street, Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 27, 2010

Posted: July 27, 2010 04:57 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 27, 2010 Double secret probation bird's eye view of a garden on Meeting Street. I imagine this is the what the Tall One might have seen (had he stirred himself from bed, early one morning during our Charleston trip) strolling up Meeting Street. Once again it was just me and the gardeners and a few people scurrying off to their jobs. It was too early for the horse drawn carriages and rubber-neckers, so I found lots of almost-legal places to park as I wandered. Two Meeting Street has architecture that challenges my liberal arts college art history training. The Calhoun House has...


Charles Drake House, 50 South Battery, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 26, 2010

Posted: July 26, 2010 06:09 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 26, 2010 This is the Charles Drake house at 50 South Battery. The garden echos the strange melange of architecture: Sweet potato vines! Colonial Revival! Shocking pink crape myrtle! Queen Anne! Asparagus fern! Arts and Crafts style! Heavens to Betsy, this house has it all. Circa 1890, it is a veritable newcomer to the neighborhood. The Drakes eclectic tastes called for a stone foundation with a paneled, shingled and clapboarded second-story. There is a porte-cochere, an arched arcade and curved windows, interior and exterior shutters, gingerbread, columns, capitals, balust...


39 Rue de Jean

Fine Art Daily - July 23, 2010

Posted: July 23, 2010 06:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 23, 2010 It's Food Friday! I am always eager to conduct serious field research in pursuit of the best bar burgers to be had and Charleston offered up one of the best at 39 Rue de Jean. The menu at this French bistro offered many more tantalizing and sophisticated food stuffs (read: seafood) with excellent service and ambiance. And no, not one of those fussy places with brass and potted plants. The wait staff was swift and efficient - and I loved the carafes of water on the table, and the big gleaming silvery mirrors which increased the size of the room and let us obsserve (a...


Hank's, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 16, 2010

Posted: July 16, 2010 05:14 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 16, 2010 It’s Food Friday! No recipes this week – as we were not concerned with cooking last week – just consuming all the best foods we could find in Charleston. We had a splendid time at Hank’s. Yumsters. I had the fried chicken and it was quite simply the best I have ever eaten. The chicken was boneless, crisp and crunchy and sweet with the tang of buttermilk and fresh pepper. Had my grandmother come from Charleston I imagine she would have fried up batches of this chicken. It came with garlic mashed potatoes (also divine) and collards (which I moved around the plate, fo...


Jack Patla Antiques - Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 14, 2010

Posted: July 14, 2010 05:45 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 14, 2010 This was just the beginning of my pilgrimage through Charleston’s wonderful world of window boxes. I managed to tear away from Best Beloved and Tall Boy on the first afternoon in Charleston. They set me down on King Street, where the first store I stumbled into was this divine antique shop, Jack Patla Antiques. I love garden ornaments. I have three wrought iron garden chairs I liberated from the side of the road a few years ago, and a concrete cherub astride a dolphin which once poured water in a Sewall’s Point fountain and now stands on a plinth on our back porch....


Hominy Grill - Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 13, 2010

Posted: July 13, 2010 04:34 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 13, 2010 Best Beloved and Tall Boy and I spent last week in Charleston, SC. Ostensibly I was doing my usual serious and productive field research with the Tall One as my companion and cohort in crime, and Best Beloved was attending a fishing tournament. The reality was that we wandered around in the Charleston heat, looking at the many beautiful buildings and flowers and historic sights –while constantly thinking about our next meal. We had many, many meals which were so deelish – Tall Boy kept pronouncing each one the best he had ever eaten! How is that possible? Anything is possibl...