Breezy Point Scenes

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Breezy Point, Queens, New York.  July 2015.

Breezy lights

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Breezy Point, Queens, New York.  July 2015.

Three hours of daylight, all of them gray

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New York City.  February 2015.

Where to next?

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Does wintertime stir up your wanderlust?  This time of year, when the gray and gloom drive everyone inside and the holidays are settling into memory, I always start to feel an itch to go somewhere.  Anywhere but here, as they say.


For the first time in a long time we don’t have any weddings scheduled for this year and someone is nearly done with his graduate studies, so we are excited to be able to use our vacation time however we’d like.  Some of the travel ideas we are considering include:

  • One more California stay for graduation that will hopefully include another visit to a national park
  • A celebratory trip to London
  • A short visit to Massachusetts for a family celebration
  • A short visit to Texas to see a new baby
  • A getaway with friends somewhere on the East Coast, maybe Vermont
  • Summer fun with family in New Hampshire
  • A longer trip to Asia sometime in the fall.  Top contenders are Thailand, Indonesia, and Japan.
  • Spending a whole week in Texas for Christmas.  I haven’t been home for the holidays in years.  I am so excited about this one!

Even with all these adventures on the horizon, part of me wants to go somewhere right now.  Anywhere.  Our next scheduled trip is a short weekend visit to NYC in February and it can’t come soon enough.

Where are you going next?

Long ago, it must be

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November, 2014.

Night in the city looks pretty to me

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Getting lost in Central Park after the sun had set was a little romantic, a little exhilarating, a teensy bit scary, and oh so pretty.

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November 2014.

Bookends

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Aren’t these sandstone carvings from Bethesda Terrace in Central Park amazing?  I’d love to have a set of them as bookends.

Wanderings: Central Park

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While we usually make it up to New York City a few times a year, I realized on my last visit that I hadn’t been to Central Park since I was a teenager.  This visit, in the hours between lunch with a friend in Brooklyn and dinner with other friends in Harlem, we found ourselves in the Park, walking around for hours, listening to opera singers perform in the echoing Bethesda Arcade, and enjoying the last of the fall colors and the crisp weather.

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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Now that we’re truly in the Christmas season, I’m starting to get the itch to decorate the apartment, bake some goodies, and get a move on sending out Christmas cards.  We have a bunch of Christmas parties coming up next week, so I’m hoping to pick up some pine boughs, a wreath, and maybe a tiny tree to deck our halls this weekend.

Hope you have a great weekend!

EYE CANDY

Here are a few links to some awesome art and photography projects to get you through your Friday.

  • Alix has been in Bora Bora and the photos are gorgeous [Cherry Blossom Girl]
  • How to fold the world’s best paper airplane [via This is Collosal]
  • A perspective-bending art exhibit in Vegas [via Medium]
  • Photographer Scott Chasserot explores people’s own ideal versions of themselves [Original Ideal]
  • I’m wild for these photos of a Parisian apartment [Garance Doré]

Photo from Central Park, New York City.  November 2014.

My lady never told me of her sadness

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Keeping up with news around the country has been so painful the last few weeks.  Lots of love to New York City today.

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A few black and white shots from our visit this past weekend, taken mostly around Columbus Circle and Lincoln Square. November, 2014.

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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Winter has been moving in this week, which can be so hard after the loveliness of summer and fall.  This year I’m trying to find ways to appreciate the colder season, instead of being taken over by the winter blues like last year.  I’m planning to cozy up inside with warm blankets, a steaming mug of tea, and maybe make a dent in my Netflix queue.  There’s an entire series of House Hunters International with my name written all over it.

Hope you have a great weekend!

EYE CANDY

Here are a few links to some great art and photography projects to get you through your Friday.

  • Beautiful long-exposure photos transform rush hour crowds into haunting forms. [City of Shadows via The Clothes Horse]
  • Nighttime timelapse videos in Moab, Utah [via BoingBoing]
  • Hot air balloons over Capadocia [Hiroaki Fukuda]
  • Dark Ice, Camille Seaman’s photos of iceburgs [Camille Seaman]
  • Glowing bike paths in the Netherlands [via De Zeen]

Were you sleepless?

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New York City, NY.  November 2014.

Lady, would you love me?

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New York City, NY. November, 2014.

Traveling north to find you

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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East coast weekends have been few and far between this summer, but it’s been nice to explore other parts of the country.  There have been a couple of exceptions, like a brief, lovely visit to Breezy Point in Queens to see family.  We had cool and windy weather, and we basked in a few dramatic sunsets over Manhattan and Coney Island from the beach house deck.

This weekend is another one on the east coast, though again away from home.  We’re making a whirlwind trip up to the north shore of Massachusetts for a few family celebrations, and if we are lucky, some good seafood and a quick trip to the beach.  Fingers crossed.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Those crazy days, city lights

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Feeling love for a summery New York City.  Photo taken from Breezy Point Bay, NY.

Wanderings: Chasing spring in Albany

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In late May, we spent a night in Albany, a city neither of us had visited before.  A friend of the Mister’s recommended great neighborhoods to walk through and a fantastic little Italian restaurant, where we happened to be seated next to Carlos Santana, who was in town playing a show.  Most importantly he sent us to Washington park, which, to our delight, was still overflowing with tulips.

That’s the lovely thing about spring, I suppose.  When the tulips finish in DC, just go a little further north and find them in New Jersey, and when Jersey is done with them, go further north still, and Albany will still be bursting to the brim with brightly colored bulbs.

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Christmas in New York

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

New York City is a dazzling place any time of year, but around the holidays the city seems to have a little extra magic.  From department store windows to ice skaters in Bryant Park, to the smell of roasting chestnuts and Rockefeller Center, spending a few hours walking up and down 5th Avenue was a great way to get into the spirit of the season.

Macy's holiday window

Macy’s holiday window

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Rockefeller skaters

Rockefeller skaters

Lord & Taylor's holiday windows

Lord & Taylor’s holiday windows

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Macy's holiday decor

Macy’s holiday decor

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Holiday window selfie

Holiday window selfie

Ice skating in Bryant Park

Ice skating in Bryant Park

Lord & Taylor's holiday windows

Lord & Taylor’s holiday windows

Saks' holiday window

Saks’ holiday window

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Wanderings: A romantic day in New York City

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This past Friday, the Mister and I decided to spend a lazy day together in New York City.  Typically when we visit, we race around Manhattan and Brooklyn, trying to catch up with friends and maybe visit an art exhibit or two.  This time, apart from a cocktail party later in the evening, we had no real plans and decided to wander around the city and just do whatever we felt like doing in the moment.

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During the day, we wandered around midtown, did a little shopping, and bought fried pickles and steamed buns at Bryant Park.  We watched ice skaters, admired art deco tree guards, and ducked into a little cafe to share coffee and a bagel when we needed to warm up a bit.  As the sun went down, we popped into a whiskey bar across from Central Park and flirted with each other until it was time to catch a train down to the West Village, where we had made last minute dinner reservations.

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After dinner, we decided to walk to the party in the East Village, and it was lovely to wander among the little neighborhoods, pop into tiny wine stores, and just enjoy the city and each other on a quiet day.

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Good morning, New York

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Today we’re planning to head into New York City to do a little shopping and enjoy the start of Christmas season.  I’ve been to NYC many times, but never around Christmas, so I’m super excited.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Wanderings – New York City

Cherry blossoms and West 15th St.

Cherry blossoms and West 15th St.

This past spring, I found myself in the city a couple of times for work and a bridal shower.  We have so many friends that live all over Manhattan and Brooklyn that it can be a challenge hopscotching across town to see them when we visit.  One chilly but sunny day, just before we headed home, the Mister had brunch with his brother, while I met up with friends to pick up something warm to drink at Blue Bottle Coffee and then walk along the High Line.  It was the perfect way to catch up, stretch our legs, and enjoy the first days of spring.

A line of taxis on West 14th

Taxis on West 14th

Crocuses

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Crossing

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Rendezvousing with this handsome guy to head home

Rendezvousing with this handsome guy to head home

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