Happy Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s all about togetherness and warmth without the extra stresses that can come with Christmas. My favorite part of the holiday is the day after when my family makes stacked turkey/brie/cranberry sandwiches and gathers around to hear my father read Truman Capote’s A Thanksgiving Visitor.  It’s lovely, if you have a chair to curl up in.

This year I’m thankful we have so many new friends in Switzerland that we are attending two Thanksgiving celebrations. What a difference a year makes! Wishing you all something to be thankful for today…but for now, a few links:


Chez moi: The keychain

The keychain is one of those things I see for sale everywhere I travel and yet, I’ve never purchased one since moving to Switzerland. Now I find myself with five separate keys to my new apartment and nothing to keep them together. Oops! I really need a keychain. But I’m not settling for just any keychain you might see in an airport. I want something that  will make me smile every time I fish it out of my bag and put it in the door.


Something that says “celebrate!” (Kate Spade)


Something sweet (Smythson)


Something ostentatious (Adrienne Landau)


Something personalized (Moon and Lola)

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Something silly–it’s a hot dog! (House of Holland)


Something from my favorite game (Hello World)


Something tropical (Sophie Hulme)


Something dark (Chloé)

What do you use? I had an Audrey Hepburn keychain for the keys to my first car. I have a Saint Christopher medallion on the keys to our U.S. home, but I want to leave them there. I’m sentimental. Maybe a little superstitious. This is new home and a new start. I hope you’re enjoying a cup of cocoa somewhere this week…but for now, a few links:

Three days in Istanbul




Istanbul is loud, colorful, spicy and disorganized–truly the opposite of Geneva. It was exactly the breath of fresh air we needed after a few weeks spent navigating the Swiss apartment rental market.

The downside with having been so preoccupied with apartments is that I didn’t get a chance to research Istanbul and its history before arriving. And this city certainly has history. The upside of being unprepared is that I wasn’t acting as an amateur tour guide. I had to let it wash over me.




We stayed in the super hip Karaköy neighborhood at this boutique hotel. Karaköy is not on the side of town with the Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar, but just four stops by metro to the ancient city. I don’t remember what article I’d read that suggested young travelers to stay in Karaköy (perhaps this one?), but I would highly recommend it. Chic restaurants and delicious-smelling food carts co-mingle, carefully curated boutiques are around every corner and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art is at the heart of it all.



I took in a couple of hours at the museum. It was a little respite from Istanbul’s thumping pace. That said, the museum is no library. The exhibits were some of the most avant-garde I’ve ever seen. From a pile of pink sand to floating books, sequined messages to neon lights… and how cute are these school children on a field trip? It was very hard for them not to touch the art!



I’ll post on the ancient side of town soon… for now, a few links on our Karaköy food favorites:

Off to Istanbul…


I’ve always wanted to go to Istanbul and I’m in disbelief that this day has finally come. Istanbul is truly, geographically where East meets West. The gateway between Europe and Asia. I’m looking forward to seeing the Hagia Sophia and haggling at the bazaar. Wish me luck with buying a rug for our….drumroll, please…new apartment! Talk to you next week!