It pays to follow the links! How, probably depends what sort of traveller you are. Do you meticulously plan a route, follow a schedule and make sure you see all the sights? Or do you turn left out of the hotel, with maybe one or two spots in mind, and see where you find yourself on the way? I am definitely the latter.
On the web, this serendipitous travelling style requires paying attention to embedded links as you read. To avoid the ramshackle dissolution of time, getting so far away from the original read that you cannot find your way back, it can be a good idea to make a mental note and then go back. It also pays respect to the writer who crafted the piece. A good method is to right click and open the links ‘in a new tab’ as you go, and save them to look at methodically later.
This morning I savoured a post detailing a sumptuous afternoon tea at Mandarin Hotel Paris. One of a series found on Paris Breakfast, Carol Gillot is taking tea at a few exquisite Paris locations, mostly hotels. For some curious reason I followed the opening publicity of this hotel closely. When visiting Paris soon, after I made a point of walking past. On bustling Rue St Honore there is little suggestion of the calm ambience that is evidently the experience of the interior. So I was thrilled Carol was taking me on a journey inside!
And here is where it pays to follow the links. Carol has kindly detailed her description of the Mandarin Oriental with a link to the salon of SM Design. What a discovery! Not only gorgeous interiors by Sybile de Marguerie but a clever, clever site.
After the opening video the site delivers a Flash play of banded colour. Holding the cursor over each opens a room. Nice. But it is better! Each project, hotels in the main, has its own palette illustrated by subtle but significant changes. The bands appear translucent over each image, so there is a sense of ‘through a glass darkly’ to the experience. The same treatment is used for the geographical spread projects/realisations by this design house. Colour also signifies each staff member on the contact page. The Press page looks like this: If you are like me and colour literally can make your mouth water, this site is treat akin to afternoon tea in Paris! … And of course there is the design to behold! …( I hope you have opened the PB link in a new tab. If not you will miss the images of the boucle sucres. )