The Louvre, Abu Dhabi
BlackBook loves to travel…mostly because sitting still makes us terribly nervous. 2019, naturally, was no different.
Not unusual for us, we spent the early part of the year traversing the Northeast Corridor, where we sipped rooftop cocktails in Philadelphia, ditched the skis for more epicurean adventures in Burlington, Vermont, attended the extraordinarily extravagant opening bash for the plush new Conrad Washington DC Hotel, and followed contemplative songstress and one time Prince collaborator Ingrid Chavez to some of her most inspirational spots around New England.
But springtime also found us dune bashing – and checking out the “other” Louvre – in Abu Dhabi, exploring the Champagne caves and conceptual art of Reims (France), and bearing witness to the cultural and architectural rebirth of a post-“Troubles” and post-Game of Thrones Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Here we’ve gathered some of our fave travel stories from the first half of 2019, figuring we would close out a rather contentious year with some fond memories of the places we’ve been. (Part II is on the way, which will cover the months of July to December.)
If it even need be said, we’ve been thrilled to have you along for the ride.