|Finally! Ladurée (Parisian macaron mecca) opened a store here. |
The opening kept getting delayed, but finally yesterday . . .
the windows were dressed and the folks were lined up in anticipation.
The woman next to me in line bought almost $90 worth of these treats,
among them a few gorgeous, pink 'pétale de rose'. My choice: one flavor only—
caramel au fleur de sel. The best (imho), and worth every single penny and calorie!
[To see more abc wednesday, go here.]
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
|Not traveling too far this week—just to the end of |
Long Island (about 100 miles east of NYC).
Unfortunately, my long weekend here was
preempted by Hurricane Irene. We've had an
interesting time this past year: a blizzard, two
tornados (at once, and they both came down
my block!), and lately, in less than a week
an earthquake and a hurricane. Yikes!
[To see more Tuesday travels, visit Sandi's blog.]
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
|We moved our offices last week. I have a lot less space—but |
the view's not half bad! We're looking east here, across
50th Street and on to Queens (with a peekaboo view of the
Queensboro/59th Street/Ed Koch (pick one; they all apply) Bridge.
[You can see more Skywatch here.]
Thursday, August 25, 2011
|I've featured an iceberg photo taken by my daughter |
Kate on her recent trip up above the Arctic Circle.
(See here.) So how about a beautiful (blue) closeup?
[To see more blue things, visit the Thursday Photo Hunt.]
|And here's the photographer—with a |
few new (and sound-asleep) friends.
Welcome to high summer in the
Land of the Midnight Sun!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
|I'm sure you recognize this even if you've never been here. |
These are just a few of the flags of the U.N. member
nations. There are 193 of them lined up in (English)
alphabetical order in front of the headquarters in NYC.
[To see more of ABC Wednesday, go here.]
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
|My daughter Kate just spent a week up above the |
Arctic Circle—lucky girl! One day, they went out in a
Zodiac and chopped off a piece of this iceberg.
|Here it is. (And then they broke it up|
and used it to chill cocktails—skol!)
[To see more travels, go here.]
Monday, August 22, 2011
|I went to this restaurant on the Ile Saint Louis once—|
against my better judgement because it's pretty touristy,
the food is more for gourmands than gourmets
(and I'm neither), and they pack the patrons in cheek by jowl.
But in fact I have a wonderful memory of the place
because we made fast friends with our table mates,
enjoyed everything they piled on our plate, drank pitcher
after pitcher of red wine, and finally stumbled out
of there about 5 hours later, well after midnight.
[And it's Mellow Yellow Monday. To see more, go here.]
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
|Went to a wine-tasting in Soho, where they also served de-lish |
made-right-in-front-of-you Italian food with each wine. I actually
learned something (and yet still buy the stuff in the box—go figure).
[If you want to see more "drinks," or play along, visit tnchick's meme.]
Friday, August 19, 2011
|I'm sure most people don't think of NYC|
as "big sky" country—but you just
have to find the right vantage point.
[This one's for Klaus Peter, the owner
of the wonderful Skywatch Friday meme, who
passed away recently. See more skies here.]
Thursday, August 18, 2011
|I just love this picture, and had to "borrow" it|
from my daughter Lila (the long-suffering one
in yesterday's post). These two put-together
Parisiennes of a certain age were strolling on
a Saturday afternoon in the Jardin des Plantes.
[To see more "friends," visit the Thursday Challenge.]
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
When in Paris, you can't just eat falafel (see yesterday's post),
so my daughters treated me to a birthday dinner at Brasserie Balzar
(I've been eating here since the late '60s—the service has slipped
but the food is still good) and we shared this plate of snails.
Put enough butter and garlic on almost anything, and . . . yum!
[To see more of the letter "E," visit ABC Wednesday.]
And some of us had fun annoying our big sister
with the traditional snail-eating implements.
Monday, August 15, 2011
|Last time I was in Paris, we stayed in an apartment|
oh so conveniently located just a few doors
up the street from this place. They've been around
for awhile and now have some competition—but
this is still the best falafel I've ever had—anywhere.
[To join in more travels, visit Sandi's blog.]
|Don't you love the way this moth (or is it a |
fuzzy butterfly? I don't know) is equipped
with a built-in "straw"—perfect for drinking
its meals from the depths of these blooms?
[To see more Macro Monday pics, go here,
And to see more Mellow Yellow, go here.]
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
|I was in the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, in Rome,|
and I saw this child's mother give him a coin and heard
her tell him he could light precisely one candle.
Well, i ragazzi saranno i ragazzi. Mom moved away,
and the kid lit his one candle, then proceeded
to add about 10 more! (She didn't scold him, btw.)
[To see more "ones" visit tnchick's meme.]
Friday, August 12, 2011
|The idea of the blue hour (or l'heure bleu)|
came up recently in a meme I link to
from my other blog. Now I find
myself looking for it, and one night
as I crossed the Brooklyn Bridge a bit
later than usual—I found it!
[To see more Skywatch, go here.]
Thursday, August 11, 2011
|Parisians must like to sleep in on Saturday morning. |
We're looking up the rue St. Etienne du Mont and as
you can see from the clock in the bell tower,
it's after 9. Hey, I'd been up for 3 hours already!
(Granted, this is not a well=traveled street, but
really, I had the Latin Quarter all to myself.)
[To see more of the Thursday Photo Challenge, go here.]
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
|I took this picture of my brother while we were|
traveling together in Italy a couple of years ago.
(It's unusual because he's actually standing still.)
In April David lost his heroic five-year battle with
stage-4 cancer—with grace, dignity, and humor,
and surrounded by family and friends. I really miss him.
[To see lots more "D" posts, go here.]
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
|This is Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral very early |
in the morning, before the tourists showed up.
I guess you might say I'm a tourist too, but I'd
much rather be considered a visitor—it's
a fine distinction perhaps, but an important one.
Anyone who loves to travel knows exactly what I mean!
[To see more from Traveling Tuesdays (or to join in), go here.]
Monday, August 8, 2011
|I wouldn't think of going to Coney Island|
without stopping here for a "Nathan's famous."
(In fact, I might make the trip expressly
for one of their delicious dogs.)
[To see more Mellow Yellow, go here.]
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
|These guys were out early on the bridge, refreshing|
the line that divides the walkers from the bikers.
Unfortunately, the tourists don't always recognize
this division, and tend to wander into the bike lane.
I can't even tell you how many people I've
pulled out of the way of enraged cyclists—
hey, they're just trying to get home!
[To see more, visit tnchick's meme.]
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
|This is La Pietra, NYU's property in Florence.|
If I were going to study abroad, this is where
I'd want to do it—and my daughter Lila did.
(I took this pre-digital when I visited her there.)
It was truly the best of both worlds: housing was in
a 14th-century villa (but with modern plumbing),
and she could step out of this Renaissance garden setting
and take a short bus ride or walk to the center of town.
Apparently, 12 years later, I'm still envious!
[To see more from the Thursday Photo Challenge, go here.]