I've been spending this week in snowy Pullman, Washington, hanging out with my brother. It's always nice to see him -- we live on separate continents, so it doesn't happen often enough. But really, I came to visit him to pick up my post. I regularly order stuff from US retailers directly to his house … Continue reading Travels with pens: Washington
My January ended with a couple of almost back-to-back trips: a few short days in sub-zero Stuttgart, followed by a hectic week in relatively baking Barcelona. In honour of my first proper trip to Germany, I took a load of Montblancs, and they served me well. In between meetings and team meals, I managed to … Continue reading Travels with pens: Stuttgart and Barcelona
One of the questions I see most often on pen forums is whether it's safe to take fountain pens on a plane, and how to travel with pens so they won't leak — whether from changes in air pressure or jostling.I'm not much of a jet-setter, but in the past twelve months I've taken maybe … Continue reading Nine tips for travelling with pens
I haven't posted a blog since 22nd October, 17 days ago. It's been a busy couple of weeks. At the end of October I took a long weekend with the family down to Fowey Hall in Cornwall. It was a chance to get away and unwind from work. I took just four pens with me: … Continue reading Snippets: epic mail call and more travel
I nearly didn't make it to the London Pen Show this year. After being in my calendar for months, a family situation threatened to derail plans. But I made it — and it was a great show. What was different this year? Well, for me, it was having my six-year-old daughter along. Crazy idea? Well, … Continue reading 2018 London Writing Equipment Show: success!
Back to the airport... I always knew that I'd get another Montblanc 149 to replace the one I sold. There's something about the proportions that's just perfect, and it's a timeless design. And a work trip to Krakow this week presented me with an opportunity to scratch the itch. The Montblanc boutique in Terminal 5 … Continue reading Travels with pens: Krakow and a new 149
I spent the past week in Austria, surrounded by mountains, forests and lakes. It was a proper family holiday, but that didn't mean I left my pens behind. As usual before a trip, I spent more time planning which pens to take than anything else. These five made the cut. Left to right: Pelikan M400 … Continue reading Travels with pens: Austria