Author: krisbrazil

Royalty, playgrounds and pubs – London, England

So when we last left our heroes and heroine, we were all taking a well-deserved tapas break. Reinvigorated by calamari, we were off to see the Queen. Or rather the Queen's very ugliest of castles. I am sorry but there is no charm whatsoever in Buckingham and if any Brits want to duel over that … Continue reading Royalty, playgrounds and pubs – London, England

Perambulation – London, England

Direct flights from Boston to London's Heathrow take about 6 hours (or 5 1/2 on a good jetstream day) and leave mostly in the evening. Which means you arrive in the world's worst airport at 3 am your time, and basically make a mess of the whole thing. Wait, that's just me on the mess … Continue reading Perambulation – London, England

Setting the Scene – England

Instead of bailing out of bipolar spring weather in New England to a warm Caribbean spot, my family decided to experience the bipolar spring weather of England during spring break last week. Never has it been so apparent why New England was named for the old country: we are equally crazy in April. The similarities … Continue reading Setting the Scene – England

Rhinos, Giraffes, and, well, Beer! – Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL

  As most visitors to Chicago know, there are two zoos in the metro Chicago area. The first, Lincoln Park Zoo, is just north of downtown, reachable by public transportation, free to visit and has a smallish footprint for seeing it all in one day. Not sure how the big animals feel about the smallish … Continue reading Rhinos, Giraffes, and, well, Beer! – Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL

Coup de Grace – Waterville Valley, NH

This past Saturday was our final ski trip of the 2017-8 crazy freaking ski season in New England. What is crazy is that there is no perfect day on a New England mountain that I have ever ever EVER experienced. I have a new ad campaign for East Coast Skiing: "Suck it Up, It Won't … Continue reading Coup de Grace – Waterville Valley, NH

Comfort Food – Post Corner Pizza, Darien, CT

A road trip this past weekend put us within striking distance of one of my favorite long-term food meccas, Post Corner Pizza, often shortened to Post, never to PCP (in spite of their box reading that way). I hope my mom is not reading this particular blog because the fact of the matter is that … Continue reading Comfort Food – Post Corner Pizza, Darien, CT

Common Sense – Thomas Paine Cottage, New Rochelle, NY

  So, if you're like me and have kids in elementary school, you will know that familiar feeling when your kids ask you how to reduce fractions, or describe a revolutionary person: nostalgia mixed with sheer panic. As in, how do I do that again--multiply top and bottom by x? Or, hunh, that guy sounds … Continue reading Common Sense – Thomas Paine Cottage, New Rochelle, NY