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You're lucky, she told me.

Hi, friends.

This is not the post I had expected to write next. In my head, there were going to be cheers, an obscene number of exclamation points, and maybe a picture of the evening street outside our apartment in Paris. But due to sad and unforeseen circumstances, our Paris Diary project has been postponed. I don't know how I even managed to type that sentence, because I hardly believe what it says. Your support for this project blew me away, and I can’t tell you how sad I am.

I was due to fly out of Seattle this past Wednesday, go to London to see my friend Brian, and then take the train down to Paris on Sunday. Because I had already paid for the plane ticket and cleared my schedule, and because I have forty rolls of film waiting to be used, I went ahead and boarded my flight. I arrived in London yesterday. Now I have to decide what to do next.

There was an older woman sitting next to me on the flight, and we started talking when I helped her find the switch for her reading light. She never introduced herself, but I saw on her landing card that her name was Pauline. Pauline wore frosted taupe nail polish and had a snore like a lawnmower, though when she asked me if she'd snored, I assured her that I hadn't heard a thing. Her parents were British missionaries, she told me, and she was born in Calcutta. She lived in Bangalore until she was seven, and then she lived in Australia, then in England, and then moved to the US in 1969. But she still has relatives in England, and she comes back to visit them every year. You're lucky, she told me. Traveling is so much easier now than it used to be! Her mother died in India years ago, and with the way things worked then, Pauline couldn't get there in time for the funeral. We were silent for a while. As we came down out of the clouds and flew toward London, she stared out the window, and then she turned to me and smiled. I love the English countryside, she said, the way they divide up the fields with those pretty hedges.

I found myself thinking about Pauline this morning, when I woke up too early from the jet lag. Maybe I'll go see the English countryside, for her. I like that idea. Maybe I'll go to Scotland, too. I've never been. Brandon went there as a teenager, and he's always told me how beautiful it is. I have a couple of friends who live in Edinburgh, so I think I might take the train up. This may not be the trip I planned, but I'm going to make something of it. I've got my two favorite cameras, and wherever I go, I want to share this trip with you. I think that'll make us both feel better.

I'll see you back here in a few days.


Blogger london bakes said...

I'm so sorry about your trip to Paris but I hope you have a wonderful time in London.

1:32 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Cristina said...

I'm so sorry your Paris project had to be postponed. I hope you can make the most of it and see some of Europe anyway, since Seattle is a very long way away just to come back.

Some tips, in case you need them: Ryanair and Easyjet are cheap airlines that go between most European cities. It might be cheaper to fly to Edinburgh than take the train, be sure to check it out. I'm sure your Edinburgh friends are already helping you with this one.

If you can manage it, definitely get up to Edinburgh. If you can manage even more, go to Stirling, St. Andrews, or the West of Scotland (Oban, Mallaig, Fort William are probably too far but if you rent a car, you'll have a real treat driving through Argyll).

Good luck, and thanks for all of the wonderful writing.

1:37 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Abbie said...

Go to bath. There is a shop by the abbey which sells the most beautiful caramel apples.

1:42 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Lizzie said...

Just read this when I got into work (in London!). So sorry you Paris trip isn't happening....was so looking forward to reading about it...but looking out of my high-up-in-a-skyscraper office window in Canary Wharf, it's THE most beautiful autmun morning outside...so PLEASE go and enjoy it on my behalf (sorry, I'm not shouting, just exhorting..!). Go to the river, wander along...there's a new installation in the Tate Modern turbine hall this week...have a look! Go to Borough Market (less busy on a Friday!), have a coffee at Monmouth and people watch...guzzle a Gastronomia mozzarella and parma ham piadina, take the DLR to Pudding Mill Lane and marvel at the Olympic Park (if you like architecture....walk across waterloo bridge for the best London views...go to Shoreditch/Columbia Road/Hoxton and browse the fabulous little shops...London is WONDERFUL for some solitary exploration. Edinburgh (my home town) equally wonderful and so close by train. Tell my folks I said hi. Have a great trip!

1:44 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Kavey said...

You must be so disappointed, I'm so sorry your Paris trip is postponed and at such short notice too!

Hope you still hvae a wonderful time in Europe!


2:02 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger abby said...

Sorry to hear that your plans didn't work out, but you'll make new ones.

I agree with everything Lizzie says. It is a beautiful day out there and you are lucky enough to have 2 cameras and film to go enjoy it. I am stuck in the office at Blackfriars and the people next to the window have put the blind down as it is too sunny for their computers. Darn them.

2:21 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Mojca said...

So sorry to hear about this Molly - but look on the bright side. It's a sunny Friday morning in London, a city which has so much to offer. Days of exploring await even if you don't go anywhere else, there's great food from all over the world and great coffee too. Wander around, avoid the most turisty bits, look for hidden corners and treasures.

For example... If walking by the river from Richmond towards Hampton Court palace, you can get wonderful chocolate in Richmond, visit Petersham Nurseries for a quick bite (I think that's on Brian's to-do list), pick a loaf of bread in a great German bakery/deli along the way, grab some great cheese in Teddington and while there - if time permits - stop by in our little coffee roastery and say hi, then continue through Bushy Park with its deer towards the palace where Henry VIII lived once upon a time for a bit of history... Or take the train and see many of the wonderful towns and places.

Whatever you do, enjoy and have fun.

2:35 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Wendy said...

Come to Scotland. It really is lovely. :)

Sorry your trip was postponed. Hope you and yours are ok. x

2:41 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Julia said...

Hi Molly - been a long-time reader but not commented before...but your post made me take the plunge! Sorry to hear your Paris project is postponed, but I hope you can make the most of your time here in the UK. Can I recommend a day trip to Oxford if time permits? I spent 3 very happy years there as a student and it's beautiful at this time of year. The ice cream made at G&Ds on Little Clarendon Street is to die for. As a current Londoner though, I definitely recommend spending some time pottering in our city - one of my favourite places is the National Portrait Gallery which is fascinating.

Hope you get to Paris soon (I also spent a year there as a student, and it is my spiritual home!)

3:02 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Helen said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're not about to emabark on the trip you were expecting to be on, but I have a feeling that the trip you end up on will be as wonderful. You've got the freedom to do what you'd like and the chance to have unexpected joys and adventures; imagine getting home full to the brim with unsought and unplanned memories and being able to say 'it wasn't the trip I expected but I loved it anyway'.
I'm sure you'll have all sorts of people leaving comments here telling you of lovely things to do so I won't chime in too much but do try and see some countryside and maybe some coast - if the weather's good Dorset/the Jurassic Coast will be stunning, find a Landmark Trust property to stay in for a few days and enjoy the time to just BE for a while. I'm sure whatever you end up doing will be documented here beautifully.

3:21 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Shauna said...

I'm so sorry Paris hasn't worked out this time. We would welcome you with open arms in Edinburgh! Bring a brolly :)

3:24 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Susan said...


3:28 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Jennifer Jo said...

I'm so sorry, Molly. But good for you for attempting to make lemonade out of lemons. I hope it turns into some pretty sweet lemonade.

3:35 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

What a strange and unsettling time you must be having right now, waiting for the new project to jell. Maybe Ireland? I have heard they are having a food renaissance and you might find your ancestors... I hear that Cork is the center of the food universe in Ireland.

3:55 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Jane said...

Hi Molly

Sorry your trip to Paris was cancelled and I hope that the reason for that does not overshadow the rest of your trip. I've been reading your blog for a while now, and I've never posted a comment, but I find myself compelled to do so now that you are stranded in the UK! I'm not from England (Australia, actually) but have lived here for ten years and must add my voice to those suggesting Bath and Oxford for day trips - such wonderful, wonderful cities, particularly at this time of year. But while you're in London you must go to Borough Market for the amazing food and atmosphere - it would be criminal not to! Hope you enjoy your time over here.


4:06 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Emma said...

Sorry Molly what a shame you're not going to Paris...if you want to come to Oxford I can be your tour guide!

4:06 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about your trip problems, but London is the best city in the world, so hope you have a great time. I'm sure that Jane Brocket's tea suggestions are fabulous -

4:41 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Margaret said...

Well, that quote about being kind because you never know what battles people are fighting seems to apply here... good for you for salvaging some purpose and keeping your spirit up- the rest will follow in its own time.
I would definitely recommend Scotland- I just got back from my first trip there in August, and spent my last 5 or 6 blog posts on it (focusing on the food, but it is the glens and countryside that make me want to go back!), so do check it out if you get the chance this trip!

4:51 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Kaye Syrah said...

The detours of life often bring about great adventure, and if we're lucky, cake.
Bon voyage!

4:54 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Jesse said...

Paris IS beautiful, but so is England/Scotland! Edinburgh was absolutely beautiful [you should do the scotch tasting up near the castle :) and climbing Arthur's Seat is a must], and I loved hiking through the Yorkshire Dales and the Hill Country.

If you get a chance Bath is an amazing city with excellent architecture [can you guess my major in college yet!?], and Fountains Abbey/Studley Royal is a perfect example of: a Jacobean mansion, a Victorian Church, abbey ruins, and the juxtaposition of a romantic garden and a formal water garden.

Wherever your feet take you it will be a wonderful adventure!

5:01 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Inga said...

Molly, molly. Why the things happen as they happen? The time will show. Enjoy beautiful autumn days, buy few new books and find inspiration for new projects.

Would be funny to stumble on you somewhere in Scotland!

5:07 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Louise said...

Come to the Fragrant Supper Club in Dalston tomorrow night - I've just had two people cancel. There's a page with all the details on Facebook. I'll put you next to someone lovely.

5:19 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Pamela said...

If you want countryside and fields with hedges and drystone walls then you want to visit Cumbria and the Lake District. (Although my home county of Lancashire is pretty darn good too). Sit on the left hand side of the train leaving London for Edinburgh and shortly after you pass through Lancaster Station you will get to Cumbria. Then by the time you reach Carlisle you will be practically in Scotland.

5:24 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Manding. said...

i love stories like this. they make me want to weep but not because of the slight regret in the undertones of the story. it's beautiful to hear someone who's lived a long part of their life share their experiences, their input on traveling, their observations on things that have changed, etc. it's beautiful what time and travel can do to a person. i want to sit with pauline for hours just listening to her and learning from her !
ps, http://amandamantes.blogspot.com !

5:32 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Elissa said...

You are a brave lady, and yes, lucky. Some thoughts: the train to Edinburgh from London is *long* but mostly stunning, especially as you get closer to the border country. There is a wonderful overnight train that is lovely, though, and there's nothing quite like pulling into the Edinburgh station (you'll see why) very early in the morning. I do love Auld Reekie. A word to the wise: if you DO take the train, don't make the assumption that trains emanating from north of London won't go south, back to London, before they go on to Edinburgh. I learned this when I was at Cambridge (which, by the way, you might want to visit).
All will be well; I can't wait to see what you shoot.

5:36 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger jen said...

I'm sorry to hear this, Molly. I hope everything is ok. I am sure you will make the most of your trip and I can't wait to read about your adventures. Maybe you can convince Brian to go Edinburgh with you!

5:37 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous betsy said...

I'm so sorry about the your Paris trip with MAV being postponed. I hope your unexpected time in the U.K. is wonderful. Definitely go to Edinburgh! We lived in Scotland for a while including 4 years in Edinburgh, and I'm certain you and your cameras will love it! The train is expensive but such a lovely journey. And if you can, keep heading north to Fife -- there are such beautiful fishing villages (Crail, Pittenweem, Anstruther to name a few) along the coast between Edinburgh and St. Andrews. All the best to you, Molly.

6:02 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger J said...

So sorry to hear that Paris is postponed, Molly!

Trust me, though, Scotland is beautiful. I wholeheartedly encourage you to take a swing up north. I recommend hiking around the Isle of Skye.

6:21 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Peter said...

We took the train up to Edinburgh from London last time we were there and had a wonderful time. Such a beutiful city and you can explore the cusine - the neuveau Scottish cusine with salmon and wonderful vegetables, the baked potato shops, oak cakes with butter and jam for breakfast, maybe even try some fried haggai!

6:21 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly, if you want to see a nice countryside have a look at the Cotswolds around Bath. Or alternatively, on your way up to Scotland, have a stop around Bradford/Leeds. The Bronte sisters grew up in Haworth which I experienced as a lovely place to experience the Yorkshire countryside. Similarly, have a look at Saltaire (around Bradford as well), which is an old textile industry town, with the Salt Mills that are now a museum to David Hockney (who is from around there). Just a few suggestions. I am positive you are going to have a great time in the UK. Sometimes the best things come out of unexpected changes in plans.

6:21 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger the starving student said...

Maybe it's just not meant to be. I am sure everything will work itself out. Enjoy your vacation regardless!

6:50 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger A Day That is Dessert said...

Thinking of you, friend. xo

6:53 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Debbie said...

Disappointing! I'm confident, though different, you will still have an amazing journey.

6:58 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Laura said...

Molly, I know this sounds crazy, but maybe I can find you a place to stay in Venice, where I am from. Shoot me an e-mail if it something you would consider. I met you years back when you were presenting your book at the Omnivore bookstore, and I know you are a nice and kind person I can trust ;o)

I loved Scotland, and Ireland as well. If you decide to stay in GB, I highly recommend a trip to the Aran Islands, magical!

7:05 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger sonrie said...

please make the most of it for all of us that have never been abroad!

7:08 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Jessica said...

You're in the right place to catch the tail-end of London chocolate week, and as others have said Edinburgh is an amazing city. (As a plus, the megabus to get there from London overnight is unbelievably cheap!)

Hope it works out serendipitously for you!

7:10 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Natalie Thiele said...

So sorry your magic carpet was yanked from under you. I hope untold wonders and marvelous adventures are in store for you.

7:12 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Evelyn said...

Flexibility is one of the keys to life and you are being tested right now!! Like everyone else who commented, I was very much looking forward to your Paris Diary, but I also am a true believer that you will now have unforeseen adventures that will become lasting and amazing memories. London is my home-away-from-home and I think you are a very lucky girl, indeed. Enjoy this unexpected moment.

7:15 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Kate said...

I'm sorry to hear that, Molly, but I loved hearing about Pauline. Scotland sounds like a great idea, and 40 (!!!!) rolls of film! I hope a Hasselblad is involved, too.

7:21 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Kristina Strain said...

Edinburgh is a wonderful city, and the west coast of Scotland has the best oysters in the world...

7:25 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Alejandra said...

I don't know if I missed something but I'm confused as to why you aren't able to go to Paris? Either way, I do recommend Scotland! One of my very best friends lives in Edinburgh and we just got back from spending about 10 days there for her wedding. Actually, we meant to only spend 3 days, but it was during the time of the hurricane here in NY and our flights home got cancelled. We got stuck for an extra week, which I was thrilled about and so we got to enjoy that lovely city. If you go, do check out a place called eteaket--they have a really wonderful afternoon tea. And be sure to try the haggis--it's SO delicious! I was shocked by how good it was and became obsessed, ordering it daily. Enjoy your unexpected detour!

7:33 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Heather said...

So sad about your change of plans... but sometimes unexpected travels turn out to be so interesting.

Scotland is wonderful. If you go, go soon. It keeps getting darker and darker there this time of year, and October is lovelier than November.

7:50 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Lorraine said...

Molly, I share your disappointment. Was so looking forward to sharing a passion for Paris vicariously. The time will come for you to go, though, and it will be wonderful. You probably are inundated with tips on what to do in London, but I can't help adding one: a few months ago I went with a friend to a lovely restaurant right inside a nursery in Richmond, in outer London. So whimsical, and I think you would love it. One michelin star, great ambience, super food. Wish I could remember the name, but you could google it. And you can take a barge along the Thames after.

7:59 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger georgie said...

Many years ago I got a BritRail pass and took the train all over England. Had been to Scotland before (by car). York was one of my favorite places. Edinburgh is a must see. Try haggis-it sounds yucky but is very tasty! Be sure you go to Simpson's on the Strand in London for a classic roast beef dinner. mmmm roast potatoes! Enjoy your get-away.

8:14 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

I'm sorry about your trip. But...go to Edinburgh! Go to Brighton and eat fish'n'chips on the seaside. Walk across Hampstead Heath on a blustery afternoon and settle in for a cosy pub lunch with a good pint, or a gin and tonic, and a hearty lunch that includes yorkshire pudding. Spend a Friday at Borough market. It won't seem so bad.

8:21 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger London Still said...

Definitely eat at Bea's Bakery in Holburn and sample vegetarian fare at Food For Thought in Covent Garden. Nuzzle around the high street in Islington (the markets are fantastic!).

Then yes! Get yourself on a train and enjoy the country north of London-- Especially Glasgow and Edinburgh, and i *highly* recommend taking the ferry from Glasgow out to the Isle of Arran-- the most unique geographical place on earth! Your camera will flip out!

Disappointment is so difficult, but often with setbacks or changes of plans, come the best opportunities for real adventure. And the best part is that because your expectations have been exploded everything is a bonus. Do enjoy. I know you will.


8:37 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Anna said...

So sorry to hear that Paris has been postponed. Do go to Scotland! and by all means take the train. It's more expensive, but - well, stop for tea at Betty's in York, look out for Durham Cathedral coming around that dramatic corner, and, ah, the first sight of the sea on your way up the east coast. And can I put in a vote for Glasgow if you're heading west? It's a great city with some very good (sea)food.

8:58 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Slice of Mid-Life said...


Your posts make me feel a combination of admiration and maternal nurturing. I admire the way you've managed to take all the things you love and weave them into a warm, creative life. I've drawn inspiration from that and from how you use food and friends as a lens for viewing the world. Seeing your disappointment on this page makes me want to serve you a warm comforting bowl of soup (hmmm, which kind?). Remember you can have it all, just not all at the same time. Adventures await you in the UK. You'll be richer emotionally as a result of those adventures as well as the loneliness and disappointment. Revel in it all and keep us posted.

8:58 AM, October 14, 2011  
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8:58 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Yolanda said...

It's not the story you'd hope to be telling. But something tells me, if you can let go of the disappointment (something I would struggle with), there may be an even better, stronger story that emerges over the next few days.

9:04 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Marcia said...

So much to do in London..go to the National Portrait Gallery and eat in the Portrait Cafe on the top with not only the best view of roof top London, but great English food with all those lovely puddings. Try to get their recipe for Rhubarb Eaton Mess. Go to Persephone Books on Lambs Conduit Street (persephonebooks.co.uk) for their unique shop, and their beautiful paperback editions of books by forgotten Women authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Edinburgh is also a beautiful city..BEST TEA EVER (shortbread to die for) in the Balmoral Hotel right next to the Railway Station. Have a great time whatever you do.

9:08 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger rachel said...

I love London! You should stop by the South Kensington tube station and have a savory crepe from Creme de la Crepe. Then try the Apple Crumble crepe for dessert! Of course, Borough Market is really a must for a food lover too. Then, for writing inspiration, you could go look at the original manuscripts in the British Library. I was so awed by the collection there. I love Paris, but I love London more. If you do go to Scotland, you might think about driving up to the Isle of Skye...it's incredible. The weather may not be great right now, so maybe check on that first. Hope you end up having a great trip despite the disappointment about Paris. Can't wait to hear what you make of it.

9:17 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Kate @ Savour Fare said...

I'm sorry the Paris project has been postponed (but isn't "postponed" a much nicer word than "cancelled?") but as a fellow Paris lover (my father's ashes are in the Seine as well) there is a LOT to love in the British countryside. I honeymooned in Scotland - we just rented a car and drove, and I remember stunning beauty and unique landscapes. Edinburgh is a magical city, but head into the highlands -- Dornoch, Inverness, Speyside. See Birnam Wood and Cawdor castle. Go over the sea to Skye. Or do England. The Cotswolds are breathtaking - visit the town of Burford, ramble on the public paths. Head into the West - see Glastonbury, and Bath. Or visit the places I've always wanted to--- the Peaks District (Chatsworth House is supposed to be a model for Mr. Darcy's Pemberley), Devonshire (Sense and Sensibility and Clotted Cream!), the Lakes District (the Hundred Acre wood!) It's so easy to stay in cities as visiting Americans, but outside of the city is where I think you get a real feel for a place.

But before you leave London, do yourself a favor and eat at the Harwood Arms in Fulham. The best restaurant meal I've had in a while.

9:18 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Nanna said...

So sorry about Paris. But Edinburgh is a magical place. I lived there for a year and I long to go back! If you end up there you must check out Under the Stairs. A retro and cozy bar/bistro that's tucked away in Old Town. They make really good food!

9:26 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger tori said...

Hi Molly- am so sorry to hear that your adventure has been postponed. London itself can be pretty fabulous. Come to Borough markets tomorrow morning (I'll be there, doing my weekly shop...) There's a chocolate festival on just next to it as well. Or, if you fancy a trip on the train, head to Cambridge. The editor of Fire and Knives has just opened Fitzbillies, which has reinvigorated the classic chelsea bun. Could be right up your alley.

9:29 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For moody and beautiful countryside go to Haworth in Yorkshire - where the Brontes lived (and died). Lovely little Bronte museum and you can wrap yourself in a flowing cloak and walk on the moors. Perfect for an October weekend with lots of photo ops.

9:31 AM, October 14, 2011  
OpenID themoveablefeasts said...

Oh darn, I'm sorry Molly. Well for what it's worth, your post still has made my day happier (I know, how selfish of me). I hope your time in Great Britain is wonderful.

9:35 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Definitely the Borough Market, and then you can walk to the Anchor & Hope - if they have snails, go for it!

9:35 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry this has been postponed, but I know you will take beautiful photos and make something wonderful with this trip.

I hope everything is alright, and I look forward to the Paris Diary when it comes! Enjoy.

9:40 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Augusta Pownall said...

Hello Molly,

I've read your beautiful book and followed your blog for some time and tonight I'm going home to make banana sour cream cake for a friend's goodbye party. And if you didn't think I was some kind of stalker already, I'll compound the fact by saying 'Welcome to my home town!'

You will have a wonderful time. And no matter the gloomiest predictions from climate change scientists, Paris isn't going anywhere.

Here are some suggestions:

1) Go to Petersham Nurseries. I used to work there so could eat for free (it's not cheap) but it would be worth a trip nonetheless. Walk across the field from Richmond station. This is the only view in London protected by Parliament and you will see why.

2) Buy an eccles cake from St John. This will change your life.

3) If Brian needs thanking for having you, and who knows, you may decide to stay the month, take him to The Anchor and Hope in Waterloo.

Have a lovely SUNNY weekend,


9:42 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Susan Soto said...

Maybe you are lucky! :)

Sounds like its bound to be a fabulous adventure!

My cousin lives in Paris if you still want to go...

Looking forward to learning all about it from my desk in rainy gray Seattle.

9:45 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Sally said...

Come to the south west! Bristol is wonderful for goodies right now and Dorset/Devon/Cornwall are amazing,

defo go to Scotland, I can recommend a ton of places!

Welcome to England I hope you love it!

9:47 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger at the table with annie said...

The Cotswolds are beautiful this time of yearm and will soothe your disappointment, I predict. You can also check out Oxford. And there are many lovely gardens all around that part of England. Perhaps Paris just needs a little time to ripen. Meanwhile, if you want some very fun books to read about Paris in the meantime, let me know. Looking foward to your continuted posts.

9:59 AM, October 14, 2011  
OpenID girlseeksplace said...

I'm sorry Paris isn't happening, but take advantage of this new adventure. You never know what will happen.

10:02 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger desertplantlady said...

I agree with Susan. All Things Happen for a Reason, and there must be a reason for you to be in England instead of France. Whoever said "When one door closes, another one opens" knew exactly what they were talking about, though sometimes you have to look around a bit for the new door.

I was very much looking forward to your trip to Paris (because I can't wait to re-live my own through you) but it will be interesting to see how this little detour comes out.

Take care, make lemonade, be happy.

10:02 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Annie said...

You are so lucky to be in England. I've always wanted to go there.

Enjoy the serendipity!!

10:05 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane said...

Oh no! I think I was looking forward to your trip almost as much as you were. I'm happy to know you still boarded the plane, however. Maybe there's another bigger, better adventure just waiting for you there.

10:15 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Marston Girls said...

If you get a chance go to Scotland, the more north the better. The Northern Scotland countryside & coastline is so beautiful & amazing its breath taking. The buildings in the north are all made of granite so when the sun shines the towns literally sparkle.

Safe Travels!

10:36 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Neeley said...

Oh do go to Scotland. I think that you'll find it is a culinary feast. Edinburgh alone will delight. It is one of the most beautiful and walkable cities in the world. Walking the misty, damp streets of Edinburgh will clear your head like no other. Climb up to Arthur's Seat for a spectacular view that will leave you gobsmacked, get some Indian take-away at Kebab Mehal where to students from the Univ. of Edinburgh go a Nicholson Square, tea and chocolates at Plaisir de Chocolat on the Royal Mile, cocktails with a view at Harvey Nichols, enjoy wonderful and world-class seafood at Martin Wishart (Michelin stars here) in Leith which is where Edinburgh meets the sea. Endless food opportunities. Not to mention the fish mongers, cheese mongers, butchers, ciders, beers, and wonderful local produce sold to make your own food. Yes, sorry, but I love Edinburgh, probably as much as Paris.

10:37 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Paige said...

I am so sorry! Hopefully a fabulous adventure forms out of the trip anyway. Sometimes the best adventures are the ones you stumble upon. Paris will still be there, when the time is right again.

Good luck and best wishes.

11:10 AM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I am sorry your paris trip fell through but get to Scotland if you can. Try and see a bit of each part of the country - the highlands are completely different from the lowlands and the west a different vibe from the east. You will meet wonderful warm people and if possible head to the Isle of Skye - so beautiful. Also second the going to Edinburgh. Happy journeys - can't wait to read about the adventures you find. What did my mom always say - as one door closes another window opens. Bon Voyage!

11:11 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Amy said...

"Mind the gap" and have a great time even if it isn't what you planned.

11:19 AM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Brigi said...

there is a reason why things come out as they do. later on you will have a perspective to see this. I think you will be a stronger person for doing this by yourself and gifts will present themselves to you on your journey. have a nice time!

12:09 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry the Paris trip hasn't worked out, but do come up to Edinburgh! It's a beautiful and dramatic city - and don't miss the Swedish bakery and cafe Peter's Yard, with its lovely coffee and cardamom buns, or the wonderful artisan hot chocolates at The Chocolate Tree... More foodie recommendations at http://independentedinburgh.wordpress.com Happy wanderings...

12:22 PM, October 14, 2011  
OpenID thirtythreadbaremercies said...

I look forward to hearing what adventure finds you, since you have proven yourself willing to throw up all your best-laid plans and step out the door anyway... it is bound to be deliciously interesting!

12:23 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Karen said...

Might I suggest you channel your inner Parisian woman! Toss your lovely hair back, tie your fabulously stylish scarf a little tighter around your and announce to the world "C'est la Vie". It's all about the joie de vivre baby!

12:26 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Marissa said...

What a bummer! I'm so sorry to hear this. However, it sounds like you'll have an amazing trip no matter what. Enjoy doing whatever and heart fancies and wherever your feet take you. Best of luck for turning a bad situation into something serendipitous!

12:26 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous mazza said...

i think you will love Edinburgh, especially if your friends can recommend some of the little artisan food places.....but if you can do both...paris...[eurostar to gare du nord mid week is often affordable or fly edib to charles de gaulle] next wednesday, thursday and friday....the final of
world chocolate2011[held every 2 years is being held at porte de versaille exhibition halls; outskirts of paris ....google for full details.....
i love orangette and follow regularly....if you email me i could take you around such within london in the future...[i'm x pastry chef who has worked with many special people

12:39 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Stacy said...

Bath is the most beautiful and quaint town I have ever been to... and Edinburgh is the most magnificent city.

The UK holds so much majesty and history. Cambridge, Oxford, Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, the pier in Brighton (never will you taste a fresh doughnut so heavenly as on that pier)...

To be honest, I'm so much more excited to read about your travels in England and Scotland. There's a majesty in those hills and green plains that doesn't exist anywhere else.

12:50 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Oh Molly! I'm so glad you went anyways. Something tells me that wonderful things are waiting for you in the unforeseen - while they may be sad at first glance (and that initial jolt always will be), a sudden detour can be the most perfect thing in the world.

Unless you're in a horror movie. In which case, please don't open the door.

12:52 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Gustia said...

Waah!! I know what it feels like to have a trip cancelled. Especially one as exciting as your was to be. Here's my solution to cheer you up: jump on the train to France and come to our olive harvest in Menton this weekend. We're picking olives and making olive oil. I'm expecting 25 people. You can help me cook! I'm not joking!

12:57 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Pippilotta said...

I am so very sorry, but it sounds as you are making the best of your situation. Read some books by Scotsman Alexander McCall Smith, they will definitely cheer you up!

1:17 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Syd said...

Add me to the list of those sorry that the Paris trip is on hold, and hoping that whatever the situation that interfered is...well, you said it was sad, so I will hope that those who need comfort and support right now receive it in full.

Never having been to the UK, I don't have any personal suggestions for how you might spend your time, but if you are a fan of Patrick McGoohan's series The Prisoner, maybe you could go to Wales to visit Portmeirion, where the series was filmed. It always struck as a beautiful place.

Whatever you decide to do, have as wonderful a time as possible.

1:22 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Mara from Motherofalltrips said...

Molly, if I may be so bold as to make a suggestion for you...There's this French bakery in Stoke Newington (right by Newington Green) called The Belle Epoque. I know you are disappointed about not getting to Paris (and having spent lots of time in both cities, I understand why) but if you go to the Belle Epoque (which is out of the way and not a place you'd find as a tourist) I promise you'll feel like you have a bit of Paris right there in London. I don't usually do this, but I'm going to share the link to the post I wrote about it simply because I want to show you *why* I think it might help, especially for someone like you who truly understands the necessity of French pastries: http://www.motherofalltrips.com/2010/07/mondays-are-for-dreaming-returning-to-london.html (there's also a link to their website included.)

(and add me to the list of people who were really looking forward to living vicariously through your Paris trip! But I know I'll live vicariously through this one too.)

1:27 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Nicola Dixon said...

Hi Molly,
I have never commented before but I am a huge fan and must have read your book several times. I am also a huge foodie and have a business called The Laden Table. Anyhoo, my point is I live in North Yorkshire and if you are lost or looking for a guide to this neck of the woods, which is stunning I might add I'll be your guide. Take care, Nicola

1:47 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Anna said...

Yes yes, go to Bath! It's the only place I've seen that comes close to capturing A Pattern Language (and if you haven't read that book then you should). Take long lovely walks all over town, but especially: by the Crescents, along the canal to Bathampton, in the Widcombe/Prior Park neighborhood, and along public paths through the sheep pastures and allotments scattered liberally around the hills above town. Here are my food recommendations from last time I was in Bath, and here's the ones from London.

1:48 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Oh no! I was looking forward to seeing Paris through your eyes and lens!

I'll bet you can made some lemonade out of these lemons though!!

1:58 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Sarahla said...

Have a wonderful solo trip! Here's hoping this turns out to be the magical kind of disappointment and you come back with something new and exciting in mind.

2:08 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger riye said...

Molly: I'm sorry the trip isn't going to work out the way you hoped but have a good time anyway! I am so jealous! I've always wanted to go to London. Maybe you can find a fun food item to feature on Spilled Milk. Get something that would horrify Matthew. That would be fun. Take care!

2:15 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Kate said...

Hi Molly,

Another long-term reader, first-time commenter...but as you're stranded in the UK, I wanted to add my welcome to everyone else's here! (your situation seems to have brought us all out of the woodwork...)

I say hire a car if you can to drive to Edinburgh...it's not that far really, and you can explore some hidden gems as you travel north. When you're about an hour south of Edinburgh, there's a place called Bamburgh on the coast of Northumberland, with a massive sandy beach and a huge castle coming out of the rock. It's a gorgeous quiet place to walk and write and think...so long as you remembered to pack your woolly socks.

Wishing you good adventures (and warm feet)...

2:34 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous creativevoyage said...

Molly ! if you come to Edinburgh please come by train the East Coast is beautiful sit on the right hand side of train to get the sea views. If you are in Edinburgh go to the Farmers market on sat morning at Castle Terrace and get your friends to talke you to Portobello Beach for a walk.

2:56 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger naree said...

Hi Molly, 

May I suggest a sojourn to Shoreditch? It is my current favourite hangout place. As with most places in London, it's got a curious mix of traditional and modern Britain. 

I usually start with a visit to Geffrye museum, a typical example of Brit's love affair with museums. It is a 18th century almshouse turned into a museum. The building itself is lovely to look at with a garden at the back to wander about.  The museum houses furnitures and domestic items. But instead of displaying them in a cabinet, they re-created a room from the house according to the style of each period with genuine articles from that period. And beautifully done as well!

They also have a little darling of a cafe with glass wall overlooking the garden. I recommend it highly. The Geffrye museum is free like any museums in London. 

After the visit, I would recommend Loong Kee, the first Vietnamese restaurant as you walk away from the museum. Pho is quite good. Steamed roll is specialty of the shop.

You can spend hours in Shoreditch going through all the street markets, street arts finding odd Banksy or Space Invader. 

I hope that you find this useful. :)


3:36 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Susie said...

Ditto everyone else Molly, but so happy to here you are in the UK and feel sure you will find the silver lining to this trip and no doubt trim it with some groovy embellishment. Wish you had lined up a book signing somewhere so that your UK followers could meet you. Have a fab trip.

3:43 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Jen @ Chocotuile said...

I'm so sorry about that the project fell through! I hope it works out! I'm glad you boarded, though, as London is an amazing city. I went last year, and am dying to go back! Try the flapjacks covered with chocolate at any grocery store you pop into. They are all different in textures, but all very tasty. I wish I had gone to Scotland (am in love with the Highlands) but didn't have time in my journey that time 'round.

3:50 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Swiss said...

I love and remember what a monk said once and he gave examples...when something good happens it may not always be good when something bad happens is it not always bad. You made a good choice to still travel and write about that. I hope the other project gets accomplished soon too.

I was going to check the website!

3:57 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger kristina - no penny for them said...

i'm so sorry to hear, molly. i do hope you and mav are both ok.

i'm sure you have the world's best guide in brian when spending time in london. -- something i always wanted to do when i lived in london, but never got round to, was visiting ernö goldfinger's house at 2 willow road in hampstead (there's a national trust site with info). it looks so lovely. i had many a walk and picnic in hampstead heath, which is quite wonderful too.

have a good time.

4:04 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Anne said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your trip being postponed — but what a wonderful place to end up in the meantime! I spent the last year living in the UK, and London is absolutely one of my favorite places in the world. It's a great food city, but such a wonderful place to wander, as well. If you can swing a meal at Nopi, Yotam Ottolenghi's new restaurant, or any of the St John restaurants, do it.

If you do travel around the UK (which I highly recommend), take the train. Flying can be cheaper, but the train is absolutely wonderful, and the ride up to Edinburgh is not too long (about 7 hours, I think).

Also, if you have time — I know this will seem sort of out of the way — visit Ely cathedral. It's absolutely stunning, and I think it's hands down my favorite cathedral in Europe.

Enjoy your trip! I've only been back in the US for about a week, but I miss London already.

4:04 PM, October 14, 2011  
OpenID curlygirlpress said...

Many happy travels! I'll definitely look forward to the Paris Diary down the road, but I'm perfectly happy with a Great Britain Diary now - please share! = )

4:12 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Anne said...

Go to Paris anyway. When I was there 2 years ago (right at this time, as mentioned in comments for your last post) I was heartbroken. The city was gloriously beautiful. Seriously, I doubt I will ever see it like that again: So alive! It's a good spot to be when you're mournful; it will lift, inspire. You can climb inside and be as happy or sad as you like.

4:31 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Janne said...

Hi Molly, Folks are right, things happen for a reason and something magical will come of this unexpected change, a gift perhaps. See if you can get to Hampstead heath, or Golders Green or take a bus ride along Holloway Road in North London. The ravens at the Tower of London are truly amazing.

5:25 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Laura Dolce said...

So sorry! But do go to Edinburgh. We went there this spring (our daughter spent a year at Uni there) and it is lovely. And speaking of lovely, do try David Bann, the amazing vegetarian restaurant. Sooooo good. And try a scone and clotted cream at Always Sunday. And a bagel with fresh salmon at Elephant and Bagel. You get the idea ... :)

5:48 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Hi Molly! I'm sorry about Paris. However, I would suggest that you get thee to Edinburgh. I worked on a study abroad program in London this July - and while it was lovely, especially the parks (Kite Hill at Hampstead Heath is spectacular) and markets (Columbia Road Flower Market!!) - I went to Edinburgh and felt like I fell into a fairy tale. My friend and I were punch-drunk in love with the place at first sight. We took the train to Scotland from London's King's Cross Station. It was around a 4 hour trip along the English & Scottish countrysides. Get a window seat and take pictures. You'll see a lot of vast expanses of green, tiny villages, and crashing seas. It's just otherworldly. I do suggest booking in advance, as it is considerably cheaper.

6:03 PM, October 14, 2011  
Anonymous alexandra said...

oh my dear. i am just so sorry. as i sit here and write this, i'm looking at your beautiful photo that hangs on my wall (from sundays are for lovers) and thinking of you on this now very (i do hope) wonderful adventure. explore! take photos! i just read a lot about england, scotland and ireland in all of the above comments - but no talk of wales. i visited all of those countries after i graduated from high school and fell deeply in love with the welsh countryside. it's simply lovely. if you do visit, pick up a copy of "deep country" by neil ansell. it's quite fitting for such a trip of exploration.

6:20 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Brenda Sloan Stevens said...

Molly, you don't sound disappointed, you sound sad. I hope that whatever has happened can be fixed. In the meantime, travel alone or with new friends can be healing. Remember MFK Fisher. I know you will find beauty and serendipity/synchronicity during this trip. I know I join the rest of your readers in wishing you a sense of being enfolded in affection and security. Brenda

7:50 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Lisa said...

I'm sitting here thinking, how very cool it is to travel. I have been no farther east than Missouri and no farther west than Hawaii. Those you who get travel to faraway places are so blessed to be able to do that. I just moved 250 miles, ok 232 I googled it, east of my former residence of just about forever. I moved from the cooler wet Willamette Valley to Hermiston, Or. Dryer and in the winter much colder I hear. Oh and the summers are triple digits most years. That move just about drove me insane. I can't imagine flying to London or Paris! How lucky you are. Actually now that I think about it, I haven't been in a plane since the mid 90's. Haven't had to endure all of the searches of body and stuff.
Sorry that you didn't make it to Paris, but London and the surrounding countryside so wonderful.

7:58 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Michelle said...

Another beautifully written, honest and thoughtful post. Thank you so much for sharing. I so look forward to your posts.

8:16 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger deborah said...

ii is like a harry potter tale, already unfolding and anything can happen. most of my greatest journeys abroad began in tears over some detail large or small gone wrong. but then..... adventure awaits you, i cannot wait to follow your story, and neither, i am certain, can pauline....

8:22 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger tawc said...

oh, i do sense your disappointment, but find myself envying your situation: the chance (albeit not "chance" at all what with a somewhat obligatory already paid for trip to London)to explore without agenda--with nothing really but a sense of duty to your cameras--without expectation, or intention. I envy that freedom, and your embracing it. Of course what else would you do? Beautiful, really (but i do apologize for the expense that the beauty may have come from); enjoy

10:41 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking said...

I'm so sorry, Molly.
I know you've probably heard this countless times in the comments beforehand, but maybe London and its' surrounding areas have something special planned for you.
I have no doubt that that you will find beauty and magic wherever you go!

10:55 PM, October 14, 2011  
Blogger Megan Gordon said...

Thinking of you, Molly. I'm so happy you went regardless.

One thing: on the outskirts of London there's a bakery called Violet. I've never been but I've had the biggest bakery crush on it ever. The baker is an American (ex-chez gal) and it's supposed to be quite sweet. I think it'd be worth a trek over.


1:04 AM, October 15, 2011  
Blogger Kay G. said...

Chin up, girl! Enjoy all the art that London has to offer and walk for miles and miles, just being careful of the bikes that zoom at you from nowhere. You have been warned!

4:32 AM, October 15, 2011  
Blogger Mac & Fitz speaks... said...

HI Molly,
So sorry to hear about your change of plans. You sound so disappointed, but I am glad you are rallying around making the best of it. I am flying to Paris on the 18th and will be there for a few days while my husband attends a trade show. Having never been to Paris before, I am excited to explore, especially the restaurants! I have a little tiny blog and am looking forward to writing about this trip. If you are at all interested in exploring together for part of one day, I'd be thrilled. You can learn more about me via: macandfitzspeaks@blogspot.com

Cheers and enjoy your time in Europe!!!

5:15 AM, October 15, 2011  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...

Hey - England is not too shabby. Enjoy yourself!

8:14 AM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gordon's Wine Bar just outside the Embankment tube station in London is a gem. Sorry to hear about the postponed project - if I'm disappointed about it, I can't imagine how you feel!

9:13 AM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous jo said...

Hi Molly, sorry to hear your plans are postponed. Can I also suggest Dorset / Devon/ Cornwall? Just beautiful. The Tate at St Ives just for one. Also Sussex is so pretty. And north Norfolk. Kettles Yard at Cambridge. So many lovely places to go to!

10:02 AM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes the most beautiful times come out of awkward confusion. Know that you are the pilot and you pick the course. What a great idea for a book.

10:23 AM, October 15, 2011  
Blogger Jane Angell said...

Let me know if you are stuck for accommodation - we are 45 minutes from Waterloo but always have spare room and would love to help out.

10:35 AM, October 15, 2011  
OpenID nestingmyappletree said...

chin up, molly :) you're in england and that's no bad thing! if you come up to the borders, sit on the right hand side of the train and wait for the magical moment when you go over the bridge in berwick and see holy island - the view i get every morning :) xxx

11:01 AM, October 15, 2011  
Blogger lindatoll2 said...

I hope you still enjoy your adventure

11:32 AM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous Gwyn said...

oh, Molly, so many things i want to say. when i read the post about the paris plans, i meant to post a comment because i am head-over-heels, gob-smacked, pee-my-pants in love with paris and whenever i hear of someone going, i relive my favorite moments. i did an uncharacteristicly bold thing (for me) and went there by myself and rented an apartment there for a month. before i left, a friend gave me a bit of advice--he said "don't 'take the trip'...let the trip take YOU." it was brilliant advice. in the midst of whatever sadness you are in right now, it seems you have surrendered yourself (in a good way) to that by getting on that plane. and i believe that's when magic happens.

one of my life lessons as been that when something has happened that was big, fat, hairy bad news at the moment, it brought about something that was so profound that i never could have imagined or conjured up. I guess it's about faith.

your lens on the world--whether or not there's a camera between you and it or not--is heartfelt and artful. this may not be what you planned, but it is going to be extraordinary.

i'll be sitting here in seattle shaking my pompoms for you, eagerly awaiting the next post.

11:39 AM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous natasha said...

You can stay with me, seriously. I've got a lovely big house just outside Paris (St Germain en Laye). An amazing market, great food shops, and it's 20 minutes into paris. Seriously. natashalehrer at pobox.com.

12:25 PM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous Libby said...

Hi Molly--
I'm so sorry to hear that your trip was postponed. I would definitely go to Edinburgh. On the way, read 44 Scotland Street, by Alexander McCall Smith--it's a wonderful series of vignettes about Edinburgh--really a love letter to the city--with a highly entertaining cast of characters. I also recommend Dingle, Ireland. It's lovely, as is whole area in the Ring of Kerry.

Enjoy your lemonade! It's cold and cloudy in Seattle today.

12:33 PM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous Anna said...

Come down to the South Coast, to Brighton. Have some fish and chips, then explore the surrounding countryside - I'll show you around!

2:03 PM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

prufrock coffee at present menswear on shoreditch high street. best flat white in london. savor walking down columbia road on a sunday. perfection.

3:10 PM, October 15, 2011  
Blogger la ninja said...

well, that's the spirit.

edinburgh is gorgeous. if you get the chance, stop somewhere in northumberland on your way there. superb country and coast.


3:30 PM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous burnttoast said...

You have the right attitude to have a magical time anywhere, and the eyes to see wonderful visions to record with your camera.
If you go into a bakery in Edinburgh, get a flapjack. It's not what you think...and vegetarian haggis are nice. And the Isle of Skye, sigh. So lovely, and the best handknit sweaters. Go forth and enjoy!

6:19 PM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Molly,
I hope you will be able to find many things to enjoy on this new adventure, even though it's not the one you had planned. (I think that's what's called "life", eh?)

Pleasant travels,

6:46 PM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous Kristine in Santa Barbara said...

I checked in today to get the link to the Paris/MAV/Molly project to find your post about the change o' plans. I hope it's just a postponement and not a cancellation? I was SO looking forward to what the two of you would find and make in Paris. Hmm. MW in London with a bag of film and a few weeks..... You could cookie and toast your way across the UK! You are good with the cookies and I know you like toast. I'd be all ears and eyes for that! Am looking forward to checking back. Enjoy!

7:17 PM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous Beth said...

I think you should go to Paris anyway and track down my friend Shelley, who runs this food-based Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/diningout-796/ She always has multiple projects on the go too, all of them interesting. And she has no idea I'm writing about her here! Happy travels.

8:03 PM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous kasey said...

something better is in store for you.....
that's how it works.

8:50 PM, October 15, 2011  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Perhaps this will be an opportunity to throw away your Baedeker, a la "A Room with a View?"

best of wishes on an adjusted schedule


3:53 AM, October 16, 2011  
Blogger ♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

unplanned trips might be it.
and now you're treading it.
kiss england for me, would you?
i'll do paris for yu in february...

4:02 AM, October 16, 2011  
Anonymous Miranda said...

Maybe the Project has been cancelled, but you can still go to Paris. In my experience, it's best to follow through on your plans, to the extent that you can. Whatever has stopped the envisioned Project may have been beyond your control, but hopping the train to the Gare du Nord to create a new and different Project is definitely within your capabilities .... GO for it !!!! And bonne chance.

5:40 AM, October 16, 2011  
Anonymous Launi said...

Ooohhh...be brave my dear. Things like this tend to play out for a reason--whether or not we always see it. Perhaps there is someone in a different, new place you were meant to touch. England will be blessed to have you for a while.

7:41 AM, October 16, 2011  
Anonymous Alexandra Langdon said...

I hope you have a fantastic trip ... if you go to suffolk this is the most wonderful town http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/

You have just missed their food festival but there are wonderful restaurants and a stunning beach ... it is the english countryside at its best.

8:52 AM, October 16, 2011  
Blogger Byron said...

Sorry about your trip being cancelled. We're in London and would love to take you to a gastro pup in Hampstead.

9:19 AM, October 16, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about your change of plans... have you thought about going on to Paris by yourself? It might turn into a better adventure than you ever imagined.

9:48 AM, October 16, 2011  
Anonymous emily said...

Unexpected rough changes to traveling always are brutal. The mental adjustment takes so much energy! I don't know if this is weird or not, but if you find yourself wanting to jet across the channel, Brussels is a lovely place. I'm an American who has been living here for the past three years and if you want to come, I'd be more than happy to show you around! It's a lovely city with some of the best beer and food. Sigh. So good. Anyway! Best of luck in making the best of it.

11:06 AM, October 16, 2011  
Blogger B said...

Dear Molly,

I'm so sorry your Paris story has taken this turn. I've been a blog stalker of yours for years and have read your book and treasure your recipes. Thank you for writing! Love the PNW so much and I visited last week (where my girlfriend Katie made me your orange marmalade cake). But I now live in London with my husband and one year old. She and I would love to take you to our favorite amazing Ottolenghi take-away and a picnic in our neighborhood Hyde or Holland Park (we live between the two, I think you would love Holland Park). Our schedule is wide open all week, do email me if you are up for a little tour or need a cup of tea in a regular London flat.

take care, i can also offer any advice, help, or free wifi here if you need it.

12:36 PM, October 16, 2011  
Blogger lesley said...

Hi Molly - I'm sorry your trip has been postponed, but I second any suggestion to go to Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular. I think you would find it rather inspiring. It's my second favorite place in Europe (Paris and Rome are tired for first). Can't wait to read about all your adventures!

1:05 PM, October 16, 2011  
Blogger Žiupsnelisdruskos said...

Wow!!! You're in London?! It kind of takes my breath away. Imagine bumping into you in a tube?!!

DO go to Scotland! At least to Edinburgh. One of my favorite cities. Stunning.

And stay as long as possible. I totally want to bump into you on the tube!

2:16 PM, October 16, 2011  
Anonymous Merrymom said...

Hi Molly,
Sorry your plans for Paris didn't work out! Hope you enjoy your time in England and Scotland, or wherever you decide to go! I would suggest going to Holland if you can get there. You could go to Paris too.
Take a lot of pictures! (I know you will) and enjoy your time there! Ask some locals about what you shouldn't miss! You are lucky! Can't wait to read your next post. Hope you have a great adventure!

2:23 PM, October 16, 2011  
Blogger Anya said...

I am also sorry your Paris trip is postponed.. but I was in England last fall (this week), and it was delightful. I fell in love with the Lake District, and would love to go back. Travel by train or bus if you can, in England. Such beautiful countryside.
I look forward to your photos!

2:56 PM, October 16, 2011  
OpenID foodieinberlin.com said...

Molly, there are so many incredible places to eat at in London. Here are a few:
Ottolenghi in Notting Hill or Nopi in Soho. La Fromagerie marylebone high street or Neal's Yard Dairy. Monmouth for coffee. Liberty's department store. Yellow tail sashimi at Dinings. Books for Cooks in Notting Hill. Spanish hot chocolate at Garcia and Sons. The list is long but those are a few.

4:33 PM, October 16, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your lovely, moving blog, Molly. I'm not going to tell you where to go or what to do since you've gotten a lot of great tips on that. I just appreciate your beautiful, honest voice.

5:29 PM, October 16, 2011  
Blogger Kristina said...

I love Edinburgh! And London...still haven't been to the Lake District though I am dying to go. Make the most of your new adventure!!!

5:34 PM, October 16, 2011  
Anonymous molly said...

oh golly, miss molly.

i am so sorry.

and i do hope everyone is alright.

inch by inch, my dear.


7:16 PM, October 16, 2011  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Sad your trip to Paris is off for now but enjoy every minute of the different trip you now have at your fingertips. I lived in London for 13 years (and miss it like a limb - truly a fabulous place), so make the most of that. I now live in Cambridge (how lucky am I?!) - come for the day! 45 minutes on the train from King's Cross and it's stunning and sooo historic. Scotland is gorgeous, for sure, but what LOUSY weather ;-)havau

6:37 AM, October 17, 2011  
Anonymous Sarah at Letters from the Kitchen said...

Something tells me this unexpected solo journey could produce something even more profound. Looking forward to updates from the road you hadn't planned to travel!

8:24 AM, October 17, 2011  
Anonymous Tash said...

Welcome to London!

If you get a chance check out Brixton Village. It's a market area with lots of amazing food stalls and restaurants. Jay Rayner's been raving on about it and quite rightly too! Enjoy your time here.

8:29 AM, October 17, 2011  
Blogger Julie said...

I'm so sorry your plans changed...but I'm also incredibly envious of your chance for a new, different adventure. Just think--you can go anywhere you want, sample any food you choose, and create your own agenda. I can't wait to read about your experiences! Safe travels!

9:21 AM, October 17, 2011  
Blogger Sasha said...

I am sorry to hear that Paris is postponed, but Scotland is lovely and I am sure that you'll find it charming.

I also ate very well when I was there.

Some favourites in Edinburgh:

Oink - pulled roast-pork sandwiches with apple sauce

Spoon Cafe - the most delicious ginger beer. their pickled eggs with old mull cheddar make lunch time all the better.

Henderson's - i went there twice for dinner in only a few days. Henderson's is an art gallery, deli, bistro and bakery. they have live music and delicious home-style cooking.

Bon Voyage!

10:13 AM, October 17, 2011  
Anonymous Sharon said...

Go to Edinburgh!!

10:47 AM, October 17, 2011  
Blogger Eleana said...

I'm sorry about your Paris adventure ... you were so excited about it! Your happiness was almost leaping from my computer screen. I hope you make the best of an unfortunate situation. Chin up!

11:31 AM, October 17, 2011  
Anonymous Kit said...

Can't believe it no one has said it...ARBROATH SMOKIES. Scotland is a delight wherever you go...Edinburgh's castles, St. Andrew's with the university and the auld course, the Spey Valley with smoky single malts, the highlands covered in mist and gorse, the Lowlands with Rabbie Burns singing in your ear, Glasgow with its fabulous university and restored red sandstones, the west coast with the smugglers' inlets, the islands full of dreams and myths, Culloden, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness... So, so, SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO.

Of course, by the time you read this, you'll have already made your decision and gone on, but just know that Scotland should definitely be on your bucket list.

11:57 AM, October 17, 2011  
Blogger The Reluctant Launderer said...

You have so many lovely responses and ideas to mull over. From my corner of london I can wholeheartedly recommend a stay here. this may have been suggested already, but take a wander along South Bank, from Westminster bridge down past london bridge. It's the loveliest walk in london. if you go on a friday or saturday, head south (away from teh river) at Borough Cathedral for a wonderful wonderful food market - the best and most famous in London (if not england). And if you get a chance, go to Vinoteca on St Johns street in clerkenwell for the most wonderful food and wine. It has a non-booking policy and only about 25 covers, so go early (whether for lunch or dinner) Smithfields Market, at the end of St Johns Road, is wonderful - historic, foodie (it's London's meat market) and vibrant. Ah, I'm envious of you and your footloose fancy-free ways!

12:31 PM, October 17, 2011  
Blogger Sara Schokolade said...

Like many, I'm sorry for your postponement-loss here. But I'm also completely jealous - it's been a long time since I can remember being made to have an adventure I wasn't at all planning upon, and that is a lovely feeling, indeed.

I'd suggest Glasgow. Not because the food is great (though there's some good of that), not because it's the loveliest of the Scottish cities (others are right; Edinburgh is divine, and anything northerly has the most ridiculous, gasp-inducing topography), but because it's got a bit, just the faintest of glimmers unless you're seeing it absolutely in the right way, of magic that's nearly impossible to explain. I think I'd love to see the city again, through your eyes - and I think your particular gaze would be able to get that sidealong glance just right enough for sparkling magic.

1:08 PM, October 17, 2011  
Blogger Sara Schokolade said...

As others have mentioned, I'm sorry, too, for the loss that accompanies this change in plans. But I'm also completely jealous - it's been a long time indeed since I've had the sort of adventure-capacity that you've been granted. My feet are wandering-itchy just thinking about it.

I would suggest Scotland as well, but Glasgow. It's not the loveliest city (Edinburgh is, indeed, breathtakingly lovely, and any roads northerly take you through the most gasp-causing topography - much of the country boasts a sort of raw beauty that Glasgow can't really claim), nor could you get the most delicious food there (though I'm sure there's still plenty of tasty places to discover), but more... it's got this glint of magic, but it's not at all obvious. Rather, it takes a just-askance view, a being a bit-off-kilter, to see it - and I think you, in these circumstances especially, would be able to capture that. I'd love to relive that city (because oh, it's been too long!) through your eyes, even just for a bit.

Regardless of where you go, I hope the adventure is just what you end up needing.

1:16 PM, October 17, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear your Paris trip didn't work out - if you can make it up to Edinburgh, though, that should soften the blow a bit!

Restaurant/Foodie recommendations:

Stockbridge Market on Sundays - amazing local producers who are super passionate and amazingly friendly.

The Chocolate Tree Cafe in Bruntsfield - for the best hot chocolate and cakes that rival any Parisian patisserie

If you're feeling flush the best place for dinner is Wedgewood, on the Royal Mile, for five star service favouring fabulous local produce.

Enjoy and Good Luck! Heather x

1:44 PM, October 17, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly, I've never posted on your blog before but this has prompted me to post. Your lens on the world is such a great combination of laser-sharp yet mercifully and alluringly skewed that I bet whatever you aim your sights on right now will be worthwhile and magical. Just go where your heart draws you and observe and enjoy.

I've lived in both London and Paris and you can't do wrong either way. So sorry for the abrupt and disappointing change to the plan you were so thrilled about. Bummer. I respect your privacy about what happened but know your readers are interested to hear the story and support you.

2:35 PM, October 17, 2011  
Blogger Amy said...

I am sorry to hear that your Paris trip was postponed. I hope you have a lovely time in England instead. Sometimes the universe does act in ways we don't understand so I am glad you are taking the opportunity that has been presented to you.
Travel safely.

5:25 PM, October 17, 2011  
Blogger Stacey said...

I would highly recommend visiting Edinburgh as you're within striking distance. I love that city so freaking much and it's always worth a visit!

7:27 PM, October 17, 2011  
Blogger Victoria said...

I seriously hope your friend is okay, sounds like something went awry. Who knows where you'll end up, my dearest friend in the whole world lives in London, Lena. She's Danish and is delightful, if you want me to share her with you, I will xxxx

9:01 PM, October 17, 2011  
Anonymous Ashley said...

Hi Molly - am another 'never posted before' but you are in my home town unexpectedly! There is tonnes of good food to enjoy in London and amazing shops. I totally agree you must go to Petersham Nurseries and Borough Market but also try and go to the flower market at Columbia Road this Sunday if you're still around, it's gorgeous spot (and then have lunch at Brawn), if you're looking for a day out get to whitstable and eat oysters on the coast (and there is a famous pub there called the sportsman), or for rolling hills and quaint villages go to upper/ lower slaughter in the cotswolds... if you need ANY suggestions for food/shops/otherwise just let us know! The website for the Guardian and for Time Out London can be quite good, or check out wee birdy blog too for tips xxxx (ps. if you are lonely being here alone im sure some of us fans here would love to buy you a pint!)

4:01 AM, October 18, 2011  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Oh Molly I'm so sorry you've had to change your plans so abruptly. I hope you enjoy this unexpected opportunity to explore the UK. London is a fantastic city, if you can bear to take a break from sampling all the foodie delights it has to offer you should try and take in a show. The Lion King is in the West End right now, if ever there was anything to cheer up a lonely traveller, that show is it. Or if that is not so much your style then check out Les Miserables, its a beautiful show.
If you do come north to visit Scotland I would suggest you do it sooner rather than later, its getting increasinly dark and cold up here and it would be nice if you could enjoy it without getting frostbite!

I think you are so brave for striking out on your own in the face of forced alterations to your plans, I am full of admiration for you.

Good luck.

4:54 AM, October 18, 2011  
Blogger Claudia said...

Go to Scotland. And if you can - to the Hebrides. It's wonderfully healing and good for the soul.

6:45 AM, October 18, 2011  
Anonymous Modcolumbian said...

London is great, and the south of france is nice this time of year.
I lived in both Paris and Avignon, but now..seattle and kennewick!
Would you like to meet at Patisserie Ines and take a walk in the arbouretum?
thanks, theresa

8:35 AM, October 18, 2011  
Blogger Katrina W. said...

Yes! Edinburgh, and Glasgow and Inverness too. Gorgeous!! Have a great time.

9:49 PM, October 18, 2011  
Blogger Alison said...

You should definitely check out St Albans. Its beautiful!!! Market day is wednesday and saturday. Enjoy your trip. Can't wait to see pictures!

10:21 AM, October 20, 2011  
Anonymous Kelly in Kailua, HI said...

Molly - will you be writing for Bon Appetit again soon? I miss your articles. Should we start writing the magazine to demand your return??
And I keep looking for a new book! Any plans? I have bought several copies of your book and given them to all of my foodie friends. Your book is loved by all. You are delightful.

12:16 PM, November 08, 2011  
Blogger Molly said...

Thanks for the extremely kind words, Kelly! I'm sorry to say that I probably won't be writing for Bon Appetit again soon. They hired a new editor-in-chief earlier this year, and he brought with him a new staff and new writers. That's how this stuff works. But I am writing a second book, yes! The manuscript is due next March, and the book will likely be published in the spring of 2013...

11:06 PM, November 09, 2011  

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