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PLEASE VOTE -- BEST OF THE GOLD COAST CONNECTICUT 2019

PLEASE VOTE -- BEST OF THE GOLD COAST CONNECTICUT 2019

In 2017, we were so proud to win Best New Restaurant from Greenwich Magazine, if you love us, we would love to have your vote for either our Cafe 47 or The Perfect Provenance.  You can vote for us in multiple categories including Creative Menu, Designer Boutique, Women's Fashion, Men's Fashion, Best Service and American & French.  Vote Here 

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Dreaming of a Saint Barths Vacation?

Dreaming of a Saint Barths Vacation?

Are you dreaming about a beautiful St. Barts beach vacation? 
Many of our clients have asked me where to stay in St. Barts & when is the best time to go.  I work with a wonderful villa & concierge agency -- St. Barths Properties.  They can help you plan your vacation from start to finish.  As a special offer to our Curator's Club members, they will offer a FREE  Suzuki Jimmy Car Rental  (except Thanksgiving week & Christmas week) with every weekly villa rental when you tell them you are a client of The Perfect Provenance in Greenwich. 
We love Saint Barths at The Perfect Provenance and have a variety of great designs from the island.  You can check them out here I Love Saint Barths
Below is contact information for booking and information.  Cheers -- Lisa Lori

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Perfect Teacher Gifts

Perfect Teacher Gifts

Looking for the perfect teacher gift?  We have so many choices it's hard to pick just 5 but here's a quick look at some great options.  Please call us if you need help selecting the perfect gift, we love finding special items to make people happy.  Have a great week.  

Beautiful Stationery, Books, Poly Envelopes, Posters and More by Dale Chihuly -- From $10.95

Internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly is known the world over for his gorgeous glass sculptures that show a beautiful contrast of light and color.  Why not give your favorite academic a journal for notes, thoughts or whatever moves them perfect for everyday scribbling.  Chihuly Pure Imagination Journals -- $10.95 -- available in three colors.

Fir Goodness Sake -- Candles & Diffusers -- From $15

Warm and woodsy, I created a line of signature scents including a perfect winter scent -- Fir Goodness Scent that is an homage to the mountains that surrounded me growing up in Northern California.  There is nothing quite like the smell of the sequoias and crisp fresh air.  Additional scents from our store -- Prosperite and Sunshine Limone but we carry a full collection of home fragrance at a variety of price points.  Fir Goodness Sake-- $55

Unique Holiday Ornaments -- From $7

You get a car -- no you get a car! Well, maybe you can't afford to give everyone a car but you can give a holiday ornament that will put a smile on anyone's face.  Check out our beautiful collection including one featuring Oprah and her signature shout out.  Oprah Ornament -- $20

 

 

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5 Must Have Gifts for Her

It's time to get serious about your holiday gifts and at The Perfect Provenance, we love helping our clients find unique items that we are sure your friends and family will adore.  Here are 5 gift ideas for her that we are sure she will love!  Call us or stop in for more ideas, tis the season to give happiness!  

Rectangle Wine Glass Earrings by Yount Street Glass -- $28

  • Light and eye-catching and hand crafted from Napa Valley wine bottles, these earrings are cut from the body of the bottle. Usually we cut the glass so it is about 1 inch long, but you can request longer or shorter pieces of glass.  Available in eye catching blue or green glass.  

Eclipse S Touch Bag in Powdre by Elena Ghisellini -- $740

  • Internationally acclaimed designer Elena Ghisellini brings together unparalleled Florentine and Italian craftsmanship in her iconic designs. The collection at her eponymous brand features exquisite Elena Ghisellini handbags made of soft, high-quality leather.

Large highball style glass featuring ornate Moroccan inspired details.
Azure glass with gold decal.

 

 


Rosa Long Mink Coat in Khaki by Max & Moi

Max & Moi is an esteemed French label dating back to 1925. Over 90 years, it has become renowned for its decadent collections of Max & Moi clothing, specializing in such luxurious materials as fur, leather, cashmere and other wools. An expert knowledge of craftsmanship and an unbridled passion for luxury underpins each strikingly modern collection of Max & Moi clothing. From elegant fur gilets to leather jackets and simple knitted sweaters, each piece is designed to elevate the modern woman’s wardrobe.

 

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5 Ways to Give Good Gift

5 Ways to Give Good Gift

Our Sunshine Limone Candle is part of our Smile Collection of products that benefit Operation Smile & it is also a fair trade product. The candles are hand poured by DPM Fragrances based in Mississippi, the only company that still employs humans to do this, they support their community, and this candle does as well.. The container is made from recycled glass. $55 at www.theperfectprovenance.com

As you plan your holiday gift giving, we invite you to give a gift that gives back.  . In recent years, giving gifts that benefit charities have become more and more popular. There are many ways to give so here are a few easy options to consider when gifting.  Wishing you a happy holiday season.  Lisa 

Here are five easy guidelines to finding the right gift:

#1 Give a gift in someone’s name directly to a charity. It is the easiest, and fastest way to give to a cause. Most charities are set up to give gifts in someone’s name and will send a special email or card letting the recipient know the gift was given. Give to a charity that you think the recipient will most care about, it can be a recurring gift or a one time donation.  If you you need ideas, consider charities most in need right now -- disaster relief is something we can all get behind.  The American Red Cross, America Cares, or the ASPCA all help those in need from hurricanes to fire disaster.


#2 Make it personal. Try to buy gifts that have real value, benefiting causes you think will be meaningful to the recipient -- today, people invite people to give to causes on social media year round so it is relatively easy to determine what is meaningful for a friend or family. Be just has thoughtful as you normally would be in picking out a gift you buy at a store. Give to a regional chapter of a national cause and you can help with local needs (the United Way or your local Y comes to mind) -- there are many options from community centers, hospitals, animal shelters, education and more.  Be mindful of Gofundme pages unless you know someone who can verify the need. Charitable giving is highly regulated for non verified non profits but fundraising sites are still finding their way.  Verified and regulated non profits help you avoid scams and you can ask where and how your money is distributed.

#3 Give a fair trade gift . Sometimes the benefit of a gift is not in the money they give to a cause but in the employment and commerce they give to a region, country or community. There are numerous options for this both in the US and abroad. Tell the story behind the product to your recipient and they will cherish it that much more.  You may not think the idea of buying sustainable is charity and you are right technically but giving people a livelihood is the best gift possible in my opinion.  I encourage you to support all businesses that support sustainable commerce.  I can still remember after 9/11 having my office in Soho and seeing restaurants and retail stores sit empty because no one was coming downtown.  Eventually people returned but many went out of business.  Buying local is not charity per se but if you make a commitment to buy local, it does say a lot.

#4 Give a charity related gift that has a social message. Sometimes raising awareness for a social issue is just as important as raising money for the cause. Charities offer numerous branded items to help spread their message right on their websites, find something you think is attractive and help spread the good word.  

#5 What do you do when you don’t know where to start? Check out Charity Navigator — www.charitynavigator.com. Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving. By guiding intelligent giving, they aim to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome the world’s most persistent challenges. They rank charities on a variety of different measures and can help you select a charity to support.

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LSTN makes high quality audio products and donate the proceeds to helping the hearing impaired hear through Starkey Hearing Foundation. We are proud to carry this line of headphones, speakers and ear phones.

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Supercharge Your Life: The Path To Reinvention -- November 27

Supercharge Your Life: The Path To Reinvention -- November 27

 

We are thrilled to announce a very special event -- Supercharge Your Life:  The Path to Reinvention.  Every week, many of our clients ask me how and when I decided to open my business.  I opened The Perfect Provenance at age 51 -- I was inspired and encouraged to do this by my family and many special people in my life.   I thought I was 'too old' to start a new business but you are never too old for a new beginning.  This event will be a truly special evening with three incredible women -- space is limited.   RSVP: info@theperfectprovenance.com.

About Tracy Chadwell

Tracy is a founding partner at 1843 Capital and has over 19 years experience in venture capital and private equity. She has 6 years of experience investing in early stage companies with a female founder through her personal entity Coyote Capital.

Tracy was Partner of a growth capital fund - Baker Capital which had more than $1 Billion under management. As a frequent speaker and startup competition judge, Tracy has developed a broad network in the female founder community. She is a member of Women in VC and Private Equity Women Investor Network. A trusted board member, she serves on the boards of Marstone and Sachs Insights.

Her philanthropic work includes the Advisory Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Executive Advisor for the Echoing Green Foundation and New York Institute of Technology. She acts as a mentor for both Techstars KC and Monarq.

She is an attorney and earned her JD at Loyola University of Chicago. Tracy speaks conversational Japanese and restaurant French.

About Lesley Jane Seymour

Lesley Jane Seymour is a media entrepreneur and founder of CoveyClub a new club for life-long learners launched in February 2018 (Covey is a small flock of birds). CoveyClub allows women 40+ to bond over issues of interest and concern through virtual salons (Coffee & Conversation) or topics in the CoveyClub monthly magazine which is written and produced by the best journalists around the world. CoveyClub also offers a daily blog, weekly podcasts with women reinventing themselves (The CoveyCast) and a special list for high-level one-on-one networking (Lesley’s List).

In January 2008, she was named Editor-In-Chief of More Magazine, the leading lifestyle magazine for women over forty with a readership of 1.5 million and Editor-in-Chief and Social Media director of More.com. In July of 2015, Seymour created history by having the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, guest edit an entire issue—leading to 8.5 billion media impressions worldwide.

In 2008, Seymour led More to its first National Magazine Award nomination. In 2012, Seymour was named Executive Director of Meredith’s Beauty Center of Excellence; in 2009 she was named number four on the 2009 Most Powerful Fashion Editors List by Forbes magazine. Before taking over More, Seymour served as the Editor-in-Chief for Marie Claire magazine, Redbook magazine, and teen book YM. She was Beauty Director of Glamour, and senior editor at Vogue. She is the author of two books: On the Edge, 100 Years of Vogue and I Wish My Parents Understood. In 2013 she was named Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for Duke Magazine and a Global Ambassador for Vital Voices. She is a trustee at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

About Jenny Galluzzo

As co-founder of The Second Shift, Jenny Galluzzo lives her life committed to the empowerment of women through work. She is fiercely dedicated to shifting the path forward for women, encouraging them to forge their own career paths with confidence, intention and optimism. Jenny is responsible for the member community and all things brand, overseeing messaging, communications, and content channels. She curates events across the country to bring members and business partners together, and with her team, is in close contact with members during the multi-step application process. Beyond connecting women with jobs, Jenny is also in regular contact with members, advising about career transitions, gender equity in the workforce, and becoming an agent for change.

 Prior to starting The Second Shift, Jenny spent many years in journalism, researching, writing, hosting and producing for Good Morning America, News 12 and Plum TV. Jenny holds a BA from Duke University and an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.

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The Perfect Vinaigrette Dressing

The Perfect Vinaigrette Dressing

The Perfect Vinaigrette

The launch of our signature olive oils and vinegar has been thrilling to see how warmly they have been received!  Every month we will bring you a recipe using them -- we started with a recipe everyone should have in their kitchen.  Please enjoy!  Click for more info on our line.  

 

¾ Teaspoons Garlic,

Minced ¾ Teaspoons Shallot,

Minced 1 ¾ Tablespoons Dijon

½ Cup Champagne Vinegar

¼ Cup Honey

¼ Cup Lemon Juice

½ Teaspoon Tabasco

1 Tablespoon Salt

1 Cup Extra Virgin Nocellara Olive Oil by The Perfect Provenance

Chef Duane Shand

Combine all ingredients except oil in a blender, and blend until smooth. Reduce blender speed to low and slowly drizzle in extra virgin olive oil. You can then place in dressing bottle and store in refrigerator. Va Bene -- you have a perfect salad dress!  

Mangia Bene!  Lisa Lori

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The Perfect Provenance Launches Perfect Olive Oil & Vinegar Line

The Perfect Provenance &  The Secret Ingredient Girls

New Line of Perfectly Gift-able Olive Oil and Vinegars by All Female Team The Perfect Provenance, a luxury lifestyle store & café, based in Greenwich, CT launches an exclusive line of vinegars and olive oils made in collaboration with The Secret Ingredient Girls - Chopped Champion, Silvia Baldini and olive oil sommelier Alina Lawrence.

The line of exclusive Olive Oils and Vinegars include:

* Aged Rosé Balsamic Vinegar ($16.50 250mL) – Keep rosé all day going all year– Our Aged Rosé Balsamic Vinegar is made from the Pinot Nero grape variety, and has all the highlights of your favorite rosé wine. Bright acidity and soft, subtle aromas of strawberry, watermelon, and raspberry balance notes of minerals and slate. Excellent for salad dressings, marinades, glazes, pan sauces, soups, pickling, grilling or reduced to top cheese plates and fresh fruit, it pairs beautifully with extra virgin or flavored oils.  Click link for more info.

* Nocellara del Belice Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($19.50 250mL/$28.50 500mL) – The Perfect Provenance EVO comes straight from Sicily and epitomizes everything a mild all-purpose oil should be. Its sweet, floral aroma gives way to a slightly spicy taste that is packed with green apple, green grass, mint and black pepper. Fresh and lively, this one is sure to please for months to come.  Click link for more info.  

* Herbs De Provence Olive Oil ($19.50 250mL) - a luscious olive oil that contains Savory, thyme and bay leaf, capturing the essence of the hillsides of Southern France; great for roasting chicken or poultry, create savory aioli, perfect for bread dipping, drizzle over roasted vegetables and grilled fish - $19.50  Click link for more info.

* Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena ($16.50 250mL/$23.50 500mL) - made from the finest grade of Balsamic, aged for up to 18 years in chestnut, oak, mulberry, cherry and ash barrels, the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena exceedingly rich, complex and dense, making it markedly adaptable; excellent for salad dressings, marinades, glazes, pan sauces, soups, pickling, grilling, over ice cream, cheese, and fresh fruit.  Click link for more info.  

About the Perfect Provenance:

The Perfect Provenance is an art-inspired, luxury lifestyle store and café founded by Lisa Lori in a renovated and restored 1912 Victorian style home. The Perfect Provenance, which means -- a place of origin, seeks to find, curate and exhibit, artisan products from around the world and exhibits throughout the year. The exhibitions inspire the entire retail and culinary experience, including art, home, fragrance, and men’s & women’s fashion. The shop also includes Cafe 47, an award-winning cafe is led by Chef Duane Shand,

 

About The Secret Ingredient Girls:

Silvia Baldini and Alina Lawrence have created The Secret Ingredient Girls to share their passions for food, cooking and wellness, with others. Silvia, originally from Turin, Italy, became the first professional female Chef in Connecticut to win Chopped, an award-winning show on Food Network. Alina is one of just a few women olive oil experts in the United States. She received her training and certification in sensory analysis from The National Organization of Olive Oil Tasters in Imperia, Italy. Her talent and passion, combined with years of training, have helped her becoming a highly sought-after olive oil consultant.

### For press inquires please contact Madeline Familia – Mfamilia@bratskeir.com

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Grammy Winner Sheena Easton to Perform at Smile Greenwich

Grammy Winner Sheena Easton to Perform at Smile Greenwich

Grammy Winner Sheena Easton

Smile Greenwich Tickets

I am honored to be serving on the co-chair for Smile Greenwich benefiting Operation Smile on Friday, November 9th, at the Belle Haven Club and would love for you to join me in supporting this incredible cause.   We are thrilled to announce that Grammy Award Winning Artist Sheena Easton will perform as our special guest entertainment.  Last year's event sold out and we are hoping to sell out this year as well!

In 2010, my family hosted the first Smile Greenwich event at my home, and we couldn’t have imagined all of the love and support shown by our community. Smile Greenwich is now an integral and blessed part of all of our lives, and together with friends like you, we have changed the lives of thousands of children and their families.

Our community efforts have raised more than $2.5 million through events, corporate partnerships and, of course, the beloved Three Little Bears program created by Lisa Lori and Kathy Van Zeeland.

On Friday, November 9, we will gather once again for a night of dancing, laughter and smiles. Smile Greenwich will celebrate the life-changing surgeries that Operation Smile’s medical volunteer teams perform every day around the world.

This year, we are pleased to include a Junior Ticket and extend a warm welcome to our future generation of change makers.

With your support, how many lives can we change tomorrow? We can't wait to see you there!  Please join my co-chairs & I for a wonderful evening -- Alisyn Camerota, Trisha Dalton, Lisa Lori & Stacy Zarakiotis

Special Guest Auctioneer:

Gary Dell'Abate

WHEN:
Friday, November 9, 2018
7:00 p.m Cocktails and Silent Auction
8:00 p.m Presentation, Smile Auction & DJ

WHERE:
Belle Haven Club, 100 Harbor Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830

WHY:
A surgery can change a child's life forever; you have the power to help transform a child's life.

DRESS:
Smiles & Dancing Shoes

For Additional Information:
Please contact Robyn Elefane at:
relefane@operationsmile.org
310.598.9960

 

Sponsor

For tickets, sponsorship or to donate please visit https://www.operationsmile.org/smilegreenwich

About Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton, whose career has spanned four decades, was born in Bellshill, Scotland, the youngest of six children and is the mother of two children, Jake and Skylar. Her recording career has included Gold and Platinum albums in the United States, Europe and Asia. She has sold over 20 million records worldwide, received two Grammys, and was the first --and still only-- artist to have top five records on five major Billboard charts. In addition to her recording success, Sheena is a top concert attraction around the world. Sheena also has a list of notable acting credits including a five-episode appearance on Miami Vice, a costarring role opposite Stacy Keach in a John Carpenter-directed trilogy for Showtime titled “Body Bags,” and as a guest star in the cult syndicated series “The Highlander” and a starring role in UPN’s “Ghost Stories.”

Other guest roles have included “Brisco County” and Tech Wars,” as well as a starring role in Showtime’s “Outer Limits.” Sheena also appeared as a regular on the 2005 PAX TV show “Young Blades”. During 2004 Sheena and Brian McKnight hosted a talk show originating in Las Vegas - she especially enjoyed this area of performance. . On Broadway Sheena starred as (Aldonza/Dulcinea) in “Man of La Mancha” opposite the late Raul Julia’s “Don Quixote.” Throughout its year run the play remained one of the top five grossing hits at the box office. She also starred on Broadway in the hit musical “Grease” as Rizzo.

Sheena has been busy with frequent appearances in Las Vegas where she has been a major attraction for the last two decades, and she was recently inducted into the Las Vegas Hall Of Fame. Seen in venues not only nationally, but internationally Sheena continues to perform her hits and fan favorites. She is most at home working with the band, but has expanded her love of the concert stage as a guest vocalist in various programs with symphonies across the nation and has made frequent appearances in “The Spy Who Loved me”. 

Seen in venues not only nationally, but internationally Sheena continues to perform her hits and fan favorites. She is most at home working with the band, but has expanded her love of the concert stage as a guest vocalist in various programs with symphonies across the nation and has made frequent appearances in “The Spy Who Loved me”. This allows her to blend her romance with various styles of music ; American standards , pop and Broadway .

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Luxury Lifestyle Around the World

Luxury Lifestyle Around the World

One of the great joys of my career has been to travel the world and see what people are wearing, eating and designing around the world.  For the Perfect Provenance, we try to look at the 'whole picture', meeting with designers, attending shows and talking to experts.  Equally important, is walking the streets, going into shops, talking to sales people in other markets and understanding how people live.  

Trends, as we all know come and go, but finding designs and products that you will cherish over the long haul is one of the hallmarks of our Perfect lifestyle.  This year, I have traveled to a variety of places including: Copenhagen, London, Milan, San Francisco, Napa Valley, San Francisco, Bogota, and Paris, and met with friends who work in PR, fashion journalism and architecture.  I visit innovative and creative shops and restaurants in all of these markets and try to bring a little piece of each place back to our shop and restaurant.  Luxury, is not defined by price of course, true luxury is defined by quality of life, time spent with friends and family, an incredible culinary experience, and cherished memories.  Here are just a few highlights of what I have seen:

-- Copenhagen -- within the past few years, Copenhagen has become the cool new kid on the block.  With it's innovative approach to the environment, restaurants and design, it is big enough to be a city, but small enough to be a 'village' as one resident told me.  Why?  With it's army of bike riders, everything feels within reach.  My oldest son Zack and I spent a beautiful weekend this summer biking along the canals, stopping at delicious outdoor food markets or halls and taking in the history.  Food markets located throughout the city feature amazing food from the classic to innovative and are the hot trend in the city.  Visit Tivoli Hall or Bridge Street Market (perfect stop on a bike ride) -- this is the good life, healthy, delicious and fun.  www,tivoligardens.com

-- Napa Valley -- this is my home turf so I don't usually stay in hotels but my last two visits have included a stay at the Hotel Yountville, a charming hotel at the beginning of Yountville.  It is so peaceful there, enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese and charcuterie plate by the fire, this is bliss.  Take a two minute walk down the street and eat at Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc - one prix fixe meal offered per night for all.  Our last visit had their famous fried chicken and I can still smell it's savory scent.  Heaven.  www.hotelyountville.com

-- Paris -- Of course, Paris has some of the most incredible five star hotels and restaurants on the planet, but the real secret is that the amount of amazing four star hotels is equal to none.  When I go for work, I stay at a new, charming hotel each time, tucked in an arrondissement (neighborhood) that when I leave makes me feel like a local.  Last week, we stayed in the Marias which is bustling with boutiques, restaurants and history.  Our hotel 's facade -- Hotel du Petit Moulin --  is housed in the first boulangerie of all of Paris, and where Victor Hugo bought his bread everyday.  Each room is designed by Christian LaCroix.  Four stars don't usually have a restaurant but no worries, they have a wonderful breakfast and there are restaurants on every corner.  At night, put on your chicest outfit and have a cocktail or champagne at the Hotel Le Meurice or Hotel Crillon (just recently renonvated and reopened) -- j'adore.  You will step back in time where elegance and hospitality co-exist.  Favorite restaurant this trip -- Les Foodies -- in the Marais, innovative, delicious and well, perfect.  www.hotelpetitmoulinparis.com/en/

 

-- Milan -- Milan is no longer the ugly stepsister to every other city in Italy  Food, fashion and design are all around you.  I went to Design Week this year and never have I seen a city work together to host events and exhibits like this.  Sporting events such as the Olympics or Super Bowl have been doing this for years, but to see it with design was thrilling.  The Grand Hotel (5 star)  is right in the shopping 'triangle' where three famous streets intersect and there is shopping and eating all around.  Great shopping?  Corso Como 10 -- the original concept store & restaurant and Tea Rose -- love both.  Biggest trend in Italy right now, flowers, flowers, flowers.  Floral crowns, flowers sold in fashion stores, fiori everywhere. www.grandhoteletdemilan.it/en/

London -- Last but not least, we were visiting during a heat wave for London and the mood was gleeful.  I went with my oldest son Zack and we stayed in a wonderful little hotel Hazlitt's Hotel in Soho.  Like Paris, London has wonderful four star hotels that offer delicious breakfast and charming neighborhood locations.  Three townhouses joined together were owned by author Hazlitt and the literary tradition continues today, with first editions in the library signed by authors who frequent the hotel including JK Rowling.  Enjoy a Pimm's or glass of wine at the honesty bar in the library and then go to dinner in one of the hottest areas in London.  Two of our fav activities this trip -- a tour of Parliament and a speed boat ride on the Thames that gave an incredible history on the city of London and was so much fun.  Thames Rockets was the boat company and I highly recommend.  www.hazlittshotel.com/

 

That's it for now, hope you are having a good back to school and enjoyed your summer.  We hope to see you soon.  

Best, lisa lori

 

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