Travel Series #2 – A Soundtrack for Parisian Hotel Rooms

March 23, 2014 § Leave a comment


Brassai – Morris Column in the Fog, 1932

Paris is one of the cities I know best, so it comes as no surprise that my first assignments this season will have me guiding there for much of April and all of May. I’ve been busy with research for the past couple of weeks, and there’s a series of posts on the City of Light in the works for this spring, but I thought I’d start with a little instant gratification: a mix I listened to last year when I stayed in various Parisian hotels for a few weeks.

The thing about traveling for a living is that you don’t get to make your own schedule very often – at least that’s the case in my line of work, which has me accompanying groups of up to fifty people all over Europe on a strict schedule. I love my job, but there’s no mistaking it for a holiday. The exception? Those couple of hours in the evening, just as the sun is setting over whichever city I find myself in, when I can have a glass of wine and write. This mix is my go-to soundtrack – I hope it inspires you as much as it inspired me.


Edward Hopper – Hotel Room

TRAVEL SERIES #2. Living out of a suitcase: A cinematic mix for long mornings and slow nights [click here to stream]

01. Cigarettes – Russian Red
02. Champagne Coast – Blood Orange
03. Misery Loves Company – New Build
04. Pretty Face – Soley
05. Pure Shores – All Saints
06. Toxic – Yael Naim
07. Man with the Movie Camera – The Cinematic Orchestra
08. Un, deux, trois – Saint Privat
09.  Low Battery – Jaga Jazzist
10. Le prochain amour – Jacques Brel
11. L’ombre et la lumiere – Coralie Clement
12. Ever Fallen in Love – Nouvelle Vague


Travel Series #1 – Heathrow

February 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Travel Series #1 - Heathrow

It’s a cold, overcast day in Bucharest, but what better time to start a project than late winter? By the time March rolls in, the hard work is done; all that spring energy can fuel creativity and play instead – and that’s what writing and travel are all about.

I started thinking about summer travel plans in March 2013. I didn’t know it at the time, but I’d spend four months later that year wandering around Europe as a tour leader. Both times I went to England I took the ferry from Calais, but I listened to this Heathrow playlist on the deck (and at the airport in Paris), so it felt appropriate to make it the first post on Built to Roam. London is my favourite city, and I’ve been told that this mix plays like a love letter.

Travel Series will be an ongoing feature on BTR.


01. The Lido – Adrian Johnston
02. The Victorians Are Here – The Secret Love Parade
03. St. James Infirmary – Allen Toussaint
04. Border Crosser – Trails and Ways
05. This Charming Man – The Smiths
06. I Wanna Be Adored – The Stone Roses
07. Pumpkin Soup – Kate Nash
08. Wandering Star – Portishead
09. Ruby, My Dear – Thelonious Monk
10. Size Too Small – Sufjan Stevens
11. Sun – Two Door Cinema Club
12. 110% – Jessie Ware

Click on the cover to stream the mix on 8tracks.

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