Living Well

Ironically, I am going to start the series with our last 48 hours in Belgium and France. Sally and I awaken in Bruges in our lovely room in our guest house, Bonifacius.


We enjoy a lovely breakfast in the bay window overlooking the canal.


On the train ride to Charles De Gaulle airport, as the gorgeous countryside slips quickly by…


…I remember and replay in my mind the places I have seen and visited, the experiences Sally and I have had.

The canal boat ride in Bruges. I always see things differently from the water.


Lounging in the Luxembourg Gardens, trying to decide which bistro to go to for drinks before dinner with Sally.


Or a relaxing lunch at Les Deux Magots where we visited with the the lovely couple next to us. They had just arrived from Cannes. He to hunt for a week. Their irish setter sat quietly by their table the entire meal! She to visit family and friends.

But I digress.

We board the plane and settle in for the long flight home and then… An announcement is made, the plane has been damaged by a baggage truck and is unsuitable to fly, please deplane while arrangements are made for a new plane.


We are told a new plane will be available in about an hour’s time. I amuse myself by taking pictures of the airport sky.


Long story short, at 8:30 that evening the flight is officially canceled and we are all told arrangements have been made to put us up in a nearby hotel for the night. Our new flight is scheduled to depart the following day at 1 PM. We get our voucher at about 9:30 and are told the shuttle bus is at Terminal 2 Level 1 or something to that effect, see you in the morning. it is then everyone on the plane learns exactly how big Charles de Gaulle airport really is. Arrival at the hotel is somewhat chaotic with checking in and racing to dinner because the dining room closes at 10:30. The accommodations were in “sharp contrast” to the room we woke up in Bruges.

The dining room.


Classy plastic wine bucket…

Elevator lobby.

Nice hall decor…


Morning came and we arose full of hope! Our flight was scheduled to depart at 1 PM. (We were hoping our luggage was going to make it on the correct flight as we had not seen it since we checked in to our canceled flight the day before.) 1 PM, no plane at the gate. 1:30, no plane at the gate. 2 PM it announced we are to be bussed to the plane at the other end of the airport! 350+ people – 2 busses. Eventually the plane is loaded and we take off! (Air France, you had us all wondering…)

The flight was uneventful. Arriving in Boston and the cab ride home felt almost anti-climactic. We lost our day of rest due to the flight cancelation and Thursday was full of meetings. Re-entry was rather abrupt… On the other hand, now that we’re back, going thru the 3,500 plus pictures we took has turned into a virtual vacation.

(LOVE the pan function on my phone!)

Speaking of virtual vacations, our very talented design assistant Kathryn immediately borrowed our trip picture files and has given herself her own virtual vacation, which she will be doing several guest blog posts about – what images spoke/resonated with her and why.



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It had been so long I had completely forgotten. Our design assistant was cleaning out a file cabinet this week  found these old color photocopies of a Ferrari showroom space I designed back in the early ’90′s in the lower level of the Gaston Andrey dealership in Framingham. It was called Parabolica.

In it’s day it was pretty funky…

And yes, we CAN do modern/contemporary…


Floor materials were terrazzo, slate, turkish glass tile and porcelain tile. Black ceiling with track lighting.


Detail of the display units…


Custom counter detail…


While we’re in the Way Back Machine, here’s my baby. A 1979 308 GTB set up for the track – totally street legal and she went like stink!!! It is now owned by a collector in New York State. Many, many, many happy memories.


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This year was different… I arrived to find the the water in the pond about 5 – 6 feet above normal – more typical of it’s level at ice out in April. The dock had to be pulled back out of the water. It was on the verge of floating away, being tethered by a rope to a near by tree. Normally, there is a good 10 – 15 feet of beach in front of the boat house. I stood in water at the boat house doors that was up to the middle of my thigh.


Normally, I can paddle a canoe or kayak under this bridge. I didn’t even try.


AND, I arrived to discover that the hot water tank was dead and needed to be replaced. That turned in to quite an adventure… In spite of the hight water, no hot water and constant rain (There had been 130 continuous days of measurable precipitation!!!) I managed to get in some good fishing, reading, napping and eating.

It was very enjoyable recording the various moods of the mountains – from the gray skies to rainbows to crystal clear evenings.


May favorite time of day was the end of the day. I would spend it sitting on the boat house deck watching evening settle on the pond.


One of the reasons the deck was so relaxing, were the reflections in the water…

The last image is a reflection flipped “right side up…”

I’ve been back in Boston a week and it’s taken that much time to get myself back up to speed.. This week we are to have temperatures in the 90′s all week. Ironic that I worked on three fireplace mantel designs… That will be a post for another day…


Cheers and have a wonderful week!

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