The Netherlands – 2 Nights & 100 Years of Dutch Design (2/2)

From outside, in the dark light of night, the Havezate Marveld Aparthotel looked like a castle, or a replica castle, a film set of a castle. Inside it was something different. I walked to the end of the long corridor and opened the door to my room, my eyes adjusted focus to look across the vast … Continue reading The Netherlands – 2 Nights & 100 Years of Dutch Design (2/2)

The Netherlands – 2 Nights & 100 Years of Dutch Design (1/2)

I left Adam at the airport. I was off to Amsterdam, he was off to Oslo. Our flights were due to leave within 10 minutes of each other. I wondered how this life had happened to us. ‘What are you visiting for?’ asked the man at passport control. I hesitated. ‘Business?’ I answered questioningly. I … Continue reading The Netherlands – 2 Nights & 100 Years of Dutch Design (1/2)

From the City to the Hills – Grenoble & Vienne

I’d never really thought of Grenoble as a spring/summer destination. To me Grenoble, the capital of the Alps, meant ski, ski, ski. Apparently to Adam’s friend Nigel it meant the risk of nuclear irradiation. Chernobyl mate, that’s Chernobyl. One, two, three… minutes – the approximate time it took to get off the plane, through passport control, … Continue reading From the City to the Hills – Grenoble & Vienne