ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
I am a regular at Art Basel Miami. After all, Miami is one of the places I grew up in. My mother’s family is Cuban and has resided in Miami since Castro took over. I joke that Miami’s history is almost as old as mine, since I feel I’ve seen it go through so many stages. It’s exciting because of the memories and the many friends still there, and there is this Zen energy from living on the beach in Key Biscayne. As for Art Basel, I love the combination of the art scene with the relaxed Latin buzz of Miami.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
I am heading back to New York to work and will have the chance to see Al Pacino in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. I love Shakespeare - it reminds me of high school in Canada and England. And Al Pacino, I fell in love with him in “Devil’s Advocate”. I constantly quote his words “who in their right mind could possibly deny the twentieth century was entirely mine (of the devil).”
For Christmas I will be in Verbier, but I will spend two days in Gstaad with all my friends before hand. My favorite things to do: tea and talking about old memories at the Palace, seeing how people still go there to watch each other year after year; it has always fascinated me to see this! I don’t go dancing at the Gringo anymore but if I am around sometimes we steal a song. I also enjoy lunch on the mountain at the Eagle Club and dinner at the Sonnenhof.
Being born in Venezuela and having a Cuban mother, I’ve had the opportunity and the excuse to spend a lot of time for work and pleasure in the Caribbean. For New Year’s I will go to Saint Barth’s. This jewel of an island offers the perfect balance between breathtaking scenery and a great social life and food, if you want to go out. I’m looking forward to brunch at the Eden Rock, L’Esprit de Salines and Le Serrano, swimming at Governor’s and Flamands Beaches and dinner at L’Isola, Maya and Ti St Barth. The days where I danced on the tables of Ti St Barth are long gone, but I still love the grilled meat.