Thursday, February 26, 2015

Crystal Beauty

I have a confession to make: I am obsessed with giant crystal chandeliers. No, I don't own any. I also don't own a mansion or palace. Which is exactly where these beauties belong. Or in a theater - and that is where I found the specimen below. It hangs in the Baroque Theatre in the royal palace in Gödöllő, Hungary. The theater was recently restored (one of only two existing baroque theaters in the world) during the latest phase of the palace reconstruction.

Isn't this chandelier gorgeous? 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Charming Castle Hotel in Central Wales: Craig-Y-Nos Castle

Last summer on our tour of United Kingdom and Ireland we stopped at this lovely castle hotel, situated in central Wales, in the Upper Swansea Valley in Powys. Craig-Y-Nos ("Rock of the Night")  was built between 1840 and 1843 in neo-gothic style

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Perfect Little Japanese Garden in Kailua

One of my favorite things about working with real estate is the ability to check out properties. I get to see it all, the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. This past Thursday was an especially lucky day to check out the offerings on the Windward side of Oahu: the first place we visited had this lovely garden as a surprise. The house itself was also very nice, but the garden was simply perfect.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Help Me Pick Out Wall Mural for Budapest Apartment

About a year an a half ago I wrote a series about the remodeling of our small apartment in Budapest (you can find the before here and the after here). However, even though the apartment is practically done, a few finishing touches remain. There is a wall in the bedroom where I have been thinking of putting a mural. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

"Excuse Me, Is That a Dead Body Floating in the Pool?" - A Great Gatsby-Style New Year's Eve Party

My friends and I really like getting together and having a party. We are not the going-out-clubbing-until-dawn types, rather the throwing-a-fabulous-soiree kind. And the perfect occasion to have fun is  New Year's Eve. This has been a tradition in the making: for the last few years, we have put together an elaborate event for this special last night of the year. One year we had a group cooking contest, another time an Amazing Race style dash around Kailua town. Last year we did a progressive dinner where we the party migrated between four different homes.  

The roaring 20s have come back to Kailua