Thursday, July 28, 2011

Perfect Timing!

Well, well, well.....great minds do think alike!  ;)
The latest RUE magazine is fantastic -- and one of their best articles is about a woman who went to Mexico and never came back!

See more photos of this amazing home and read about falling in love with a country (and a local artist) HERE.

All photos:  rue magazine

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Want to come and spend some time in Mexico?

We do!  The perfect hotel for a lovely vacay is 

Mexico City’s Las Alcobas Hotel

Experience The Art Of Hospitality, Defined.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mexican Joy



 Such a vibrant, alive city ~~ Mexico City!

The people are lovely and the art abounds!!

 "Mexico City's extremes - its wealth and poverty, the tranquility of its leafy parks and the sunburned chaos of its hectic avenues - are particularly conducive to its current edgy creativity."

 "Armed police officers now patrol the once dangerous corners, the cobblestone streets are kept tidy and swept and kiosks with panic buttons are a common sight. (Which is not to say there is no crime, there is merely less of it in the guarded areas.)"

 The food is spectacular!  How about a snack of flash-fried grasshoppers?!

"Mexico City's affluent seem willing, possibly as result of the trendiness of contemporary art, to embrace street culture in a way that was probably considered too dangerous, or déclassé, 20 years ago."

When Carlin travels to Mexico City her favorite hangout is (did you guess?) a museum.
She loves the 
And who can blame her?  Some of the most amazing art in the world is housed here.

Ah yes, Ms. Kahlo, you rock our world!

So this, my friends is just a taste of the luscious Mexico.  Stay tuned for the incredible hotel we'll be staying in.....

¡Hasta pronto!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Thank You, Isabella Stewart Gardner

portrait of Mrs. Gardner by Anders Zorn 1894, Venice
"Years ago I decided that the greatest need in our Country was Art… We were a very young country and had very few opportunities of seeing beautiful things, works of art… So, I determined to make it my life's work if I could."
- Isabella Stewart Gardner, on the creation of her museum, 1917

 For the most part, people are lovely.  For the most part, Carlin finds joy in being around all types of people; entertaining and socializing, hosting and playing.  But there are times when, like many of us, she needs to be alone.  She needs time to reflect, time to exhale and time to just be.

And sometimes when the need for solitude hits, she takes jaunts.  You know, getting on a plane and flying to a destination a couple of air hours away.  One of her favorite get-aways, a great place to spend the day alone is at the 

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Oh, the joy of being in a museum!  The history, the grandeur, the feeling of being transported somewhere else.... and trust, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum does not disappoint.

 After inheriting $1.6 million from her late father in 1891, Isabella Stewart Gardner began collecting art from around the world.  She opened the museum to the public in 1903.

Mrs. Gardner was well traveled and was, in her time, "one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. She was a patron and friend of leading artists and writers of her time, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Henry James." 
portrait of Mrs. Gardner by Sargent.  (quite scandalous for the time -- "a sensuous display of flesh.")

The courtyard at the museum
 "The local press was both fascinated and scandalized by her. Isabella Gardner did not conform to the traditional restraining code of conduct expected of Boston matrons in the Victorian era, but lived an engaging, exuberant life including much travel, entertaining, and adventure. She also had a sense of humor, however. Commenting on the numerous rumors and speculations about her escapades, many untrue, she is quoted as saying, 'Don't spoil a good story by telling the truth.' "  

I do believe Carlin and Isabella would have been good friends!!

All photos and quotes from the