happy endings

paresa wedding

It seemed propitious that on my last afternoon at Paresa (my final day in Thailand, for that matter) an adorable couple tied the knot on the high lanai while I was having lunch. A new beginning twinned with a happy ending; it was a perfect bookend to my adventures in Southeast Asia. Now, to packing.


shanghai surprise

Every street in Hong Kong presents its own special sensory overload. Stumbling onto Shanghai Street during a late morning amble proved no exception.



marriage equality meets the marketplace



live blog: tea (towel) for two, or prezzies



royally absentminded

That’s right, it seems I forgot about the stiff upper lip nuptials taking place in Westminster Abbey today.  (I blame the chorizo) Since I’ve dropped the royal wedding ball, so to speak, why don’t we make it a Windsor Weekend? In honor of Wills and Kate and all the tacky tat being hawked across the UK right now (don’t forget my tea towel, Róisín!), I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite London bits. Namely that thing Brits do quite unlike anyone else: hotels. Let the honeymoon begin.


of kitsch and kings

The countdown to the royal nuptials of Wills and Kate has begun. Only three months to go and Britain’s got a serious dose of Royal Wedding Fever.  Visitors to London should expect to be bombarded at every turn with the faces of the newest newlyweds:  spoons, scarves, china, useless bric-a-brac, and the ever-popular – and practical – tea towel; few things make the British public as a happy as a kitschy commemorative.

Didn’t get your invite?  No worries.  Windsormania is so firmly embedded in the national psyche you’ll feel like a member of the wedding just by being there.  Or you can join William and Kate’s Royal Wedding Walk and visit the London locations and landmarks that helped define the next Royal golden couple. You’ll learn about “Kate’s fascinating life prior to joining ‘the firm’, and hear firsthand the whole story, from William’s cherished mother Diana, to Kate’s engagement ring, and all the gossip in between.” For $1,995, The British Royal Wedding Escape will take you on a private tour of the procession route before the big day. Plus, after the wedding you’ll get a private tour of Windsor Castle.

The homage that takes the teacake, however, comes courtesy of Shropshire’s 18th century Hadley Park House Hotel and restaurant.  To celebrate Prince William and Kate’s happy day the hotel is offering a free wedding reception on April 29, 2011 to any couple with their namesake.


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