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From Monaco to Milwaukee

Here I am atop Monaco's very chic Hotel Metropole with the principality's fabled casino in the distance.

The past few weeks have been an absolute whirl, and I have been on the road non-stop. Since April 15, I have been to Zurich, Monaco, upstate New York, Milwaukee and Kohler, Wisconsin, and New Orleans twice! Now, I am off for a week in LA, and I am planning trips to New Orleans (again), Florida, London, Turkey, Hong Kong, Marrakech and Iowa. Whew!

But no complaints: I love being a jet-setter who sees the world and has access to the most amazing people. Living out of my suitcase has taught me how to be very concise and controlled. What I can do with a pair of jeans, a T-shirt, a sport coat and driving moccasins is impressive. This uniform can carry me around the world and back.

A few thoughts from my recent travels:

  • I have never seen so many obnoxiously expensive cars as I spotted in Monaco.
  • I want to move to New Orleans. Seriously.
  • Milwaukee was a totally surprise. I loved it. Usinger’s Sausages. A Calatrava-designed museum. The restaurant scene. Wow!
  • Zurich has a wonderful airport and gobs of smoking lounges.
  • The Eau de Vie suite at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, is fabulous.

When I write the book about my far-flung adventures, I have a working title in mind: From Monaco to Milwaukee: My Mixed-Up Adventures in Glamourland. The other potential title is: From China to Cracker Barrel: How a Boy from Florida Ended Up In and Out of Vogue.

Stay tuned.


I think you need to write both books.

JoAnn Locktov on 5/4/2011 4:39:53 PM
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About Jason Oliver Nixon

Jason Oliver Nixon

Global Lifestyle Editor Jason Oliver Nixon is always on the prowl for the latest and greatest finds, whether it’s ferreting out the grooviest new restaurant in Paris or unearthing a home design store in Dubai. "I am attracted by color and energy, passion and verve," says Nixon. "Who wants to be beige and boring?" The former Editor in Chief of Gotham, Hamptons, and Los Angeles Confidential magazines, Nixon makes frequent appearances on television as a style authority. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Nixon escapes to London whenever possible, where he can be found happily ensconced at Fortnum & Mason perusing new-fangled jams.

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