Monday, July 16, 2012

New York

We spent six lovely, busy days in Manhattan.  We did sightseeing, museum going, shopping, eating and walking, walking, walking. It was the first time in New York City for Chloé and Emma.

We have been back since late Thursday but I am only just getting back into my daily routine. I had to get Chloé ready for camp. She left on Saturday. Meeko is not quite himself (maybe a little miffed at having been left behind) and it's been so darn hot that it is hard to do anything quickly or efficiently. I have a ton of photos to go through and will post more in the days ahead.

I love the corridors of buildings in New York--old and new sandwiched together. My first visit there was many years ago when I was about 20. My visual knowledge of New York came from Woody Allen movies and I remember it was street scenes like this that didn't disappoint.

We didn't go to Radio City Music Hall. We just walked past it.  We did go see Mamma Mia at the Winter Garden Theatre.  What a joyful, fun performance.

I don't know what the name of this building is but Emma took a photo of  it for me as she knew I would love the ornate scrollwork on its sides.

Of course I took a photo of flowers.

I love this photo of the afternoon light glowing through the trees just outside of the American Museum of Natural History.  We also went to the Met and MOMA. I love museums. My favourite museum visit this time was, without a doubt, MOMA. Walking through the art museums made me ache to paint. There were so many interesting works and beautiful paintings to observe and absorb. I just hope that there are still little bits of them in me that will inspire me in the weeks ahead.

Despite having been to New York many times before, I had never been to the top of the Empire State Building where I took the photo at the very top of this post. We also went to the 'Top of the Rock' for the first time--an observation deck at the top of the Rockefeller Center.  I loved the city views from here, lower than the Empire State building and so slightly more intimate. We were lucky to have the most beautiful afternoon sky and watched it turn into an evening sunset over the Hudson.

I tried to post some photos on Facebook when I was away using my iPad and iPod Touch. Neither worked. They appeared for a short time and then disappeared. I was frustrated at first and determined to figure out how to do it and then, upon reflection, took it as a message from the universe to take a little break from social media for awhile which is what I did. I haven't posted here. I haven't kept up with all of your blogs, but I missed you. I'll slowly catch up and post more about my trip in the days ahead.


7 comments:

  1. Oh so fun! I´ve spent about a day in NY when I was returning to Sweden from DC, and it was awesome! One day I´ll go back and stay longer! :-) There´s something about the big city pulse..!

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    1. It definitely has a big pulse there! Love it so much.

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  2. Looks fantastic, hope the girls loved it. I would like the MOMA I'm sure. I need to go there, even though I'm not a city person, there is so much going on, Wow. Good to see you back, but glad you had a nice break.What's with all the hot weather? I'm hoping we get some soon as I go away shortly for a little break! :)

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    1. I'm certain you would love the MOMA and New York if you steeled up for a very intense city experience for a few days. So worth it though.

      It's finally cooled down a teeny bit here although Meeko insisted on sitting down in each and every patch of shadow we saw on our walk at noon today! :)

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  3. Fantastic shots Kathleen - you guys must've had a ball! I'm looking forward to seeing all of your photos when you've had time to sort through them all. And the food - what did you eat??

    It's like it's own little universe that city, I sympathise with the walking, walking, walking. Once we caught a cab to FAO Shwarz and it cost a bomb for just a few blocks, but in gridlocked traffic. But at least I can say I caught a NY cab.

    Gum leaves at $6 a bunch - steep!

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    1. It was so much fun and a lively few days. We definitely ate lots of good food although not always in big restaurants as Emma needs vegetarian choices. The restaurant we loved the best is owned by Mario Batali (well known in North America). It is called Otto.

      I had to think for a full minute what you meant by 'gum leaves' and then realized you were making a reference to the eucalyptus leaves in my flower market shot!!! :)

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  4. J'adore tes photos de New York!!! Je suis certaine que tu auras été inspirée pour tes prochaines oeuvres!! Avons hâte de vous visiter!xoxoxox

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