This website aspires to be the sort of blog i’d like to read about the city I’m living in or visiting, about places I might travel to and about things I might do.
Who am I? My name is Susan but I won’t answer with a demographic or my line of work or my family description. Instead let me introduce myself by what I like. I like fine dining, but also eating a well deserved sandwich on a hike of the Badlands of South Dakota surveying the desolate rocks as far as I can see. I like to read the Telegraph but also for counterbalance the Guardian. I love art and music. I love the great outdoors and camping under the stars but also the luxury and cosiness of a 200 year old country house hotels. I love architecture but also the beauty in a street scene in Brazil of run down apartment buildings with colourful washing hanging out of every window and a story from every apartment held in the cracks of the faded colour and lines cracked in the cement below. I love technology and can talk all day about blockchain and Internet Of Things and data analytics but I love switching off a laptop and mobile phone and hearing the cicadas and watching the fireflies on a terrace in Tuscany. I love a country walk in wellies squelching through the mud in the English countryside but also following Giraffe on horseback in the Okavanga Delta or a picnic in black tie at Glyndebourne opera house.
The disadvantage I have of writing this travel blog is that I’m not travelling the world full time as are many of today’s travel bloggers on their gap year. The advantage I have is that I have decades behind of me of travel and of living in two of the world’s greatest cities: London and New York. I have a wealth of my own photos to draw on but also memories that allow me to curate from the great photos others have taken of the places I want to tell you about that I’ve been. Memories being selective, I’m more likely to curate the best of my experiences than someone who is blogging real time about their experiences. Each has value – the younger real time bloggers have an immediacy that can be refreshing and riveting to read – an opportunity to be a fly on the wall of their canvas. I hope I bring something different but also valuable in my ability to curate my memories (and current escapades) through a combination of my and others’ images.
This blog then is partly a retrospective of the best experiences of my life and partly a real time sharing of the best places I’m going today.
I hope you enjoy the journey with me and that you will share what you’d like to see more of.
My social media accounts each target something different. For instance instagram (discerningfoodandtravel) is a collage of great places and restaurant. Pinterest (discerning foodandtravel) is curated boards on themes like New York, Kensington, London and Amsterdam. This Blog will contain reviews of specific hotels or places as well as cohesive stories or themes weaving together a number of photos or places or events.
My intention is to credit others on their photos when I use them. If I fail on any occasion please contact me and I will put it right as it will have been an accident.
I accept commissions to review music, opera, restaurants, hotels and trips but will always state if I received something for free and will always give my own opinion.