I love to read. When I was a child I had to be called to dinner at least three times before I put down a book, and not much has changed. So when a good friend and reader of A Lady in London emailed me saying “I do wonder what books you read when you travel. This comes up when I see your beautiful photos of bookstores and I wonder what you got,” I figured it was time to share my top picks for books to read while traveling.
It’s early evening in Berlin. The cafe tables fill with drinks and the streets come alive with the sounds of the after-work crowd. As I walk down Alte Schonhauser Strasse, I’m lured in by hip bookstores and boutiques and I already know I’m going to like this neighborhood. I have 24 hours in Berlin, and this is where I’m going to spend them.
Every time I tell someone I’m traveling to Nepal, they assume I’m going to Base Camp. But Everest isn’t my reason for being here. Rather than trekking, I’m here for tracking. I’m heading to the eastern edge of the country to spot my favorite animal in the wild. I’ll be tracking red pandas in Nepal, and I can’t wait.
It’s sunrise in Nepal. I step out onto the balcony as the sky warms to a golden glow, the chirping of birds welcoming a new day. It’s as still as I’ll ever feel this buzzing city, and it’s the perfect start to my 24 hours in Kathmandu.
Big news! I’m in a book. About Instagram. And being Instagram famous. I’m flattered to be included, and honored to be in such good company with Instagrammers I admire. After years of building a following and teaching classes on Instagram, it’s exciting to be recognized.
It’s sunset in the desert. The sun sinks below the sand, turning the dunes orange and red along their sinuous curves. I watch until the colors fade to purple and the sky lights up with stars, taking it all in from a carpet on the sand. It’s magical, and it’s only one of many such moments during my 3 days in Abu Dhabi.
I love exploring London on foot. For me the city’s beauty lies in its details, and there’s no better way to see them than by walking. I know many of you feel the same, so over the next two weeks I want to share my 3 favorite London walks with you. I’ll start with a self-guided walk in Hampstead and continue with walks in Kensington and Notting Hill.