Afternoon tea

Recently, I went with a friend for afternoon tea at The Wolseley in London.

The Wolseley is set in a building that originally housed the Wolseley Car Company showroom in the 20’s.

We had scones, cucumber sandwiches, cakes and strawberry tarts with tea.

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Chateau du Pin

Some pictures of Chateau du Pin in the Loire Valley of France where I met friends a few weeks ago.  It’s in Champtoce-sur-Loire.  The owners rent out one wing of the chateau, which accommodated 13 adults and 3 children that week.  The region is famous for its chateaus and wines like the Saumur Champigny and Savennières.

14th St. NW DC

A month ago,  I was back in DC.

After having brunch at Cork Wine Bar with friends, we walked around the neighborhood along 14th St.

I love this mural advertising personal training services.

Guggenheim Museum, New York

I went to the Guggenheim Museum a few weekends ago.  I loved the art collection here but the most memorable part was the building itself.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1943, it wasn’t completed until after Wright’s death in 1959.  I liked the compactness of the building, which makes seeing the works on view manageable in one afternoon.

Ascending and descending the helical ramp is the only way to appreciate this modern interior space.

Bryant Park

When you want to get away from the city but can’t, you go to Central Park.  You can find a spot there that makes you forget you live in New York.  But, if you want an oasis right in the middle of skyscrapers and the busy streets of midtown Manhattan, you go to Bryant Park.

Located next to the New York Public Library building, this park is one of my favorites in the city.  It packs a lot in a small space.  You can listen to music, watch movies, play petanque, ping pong and chess, and learn how to knit!  It has fencing, juggling, tai chi, and yoga. It has free wifi, a restaurant, a sandwich and coffee kiosk, by Tom Colicchio no less, and a….

…carousel!  While these are all great reasons to love this park, its pièce de résistance is that it’s built on books.  Bryant Park sits on top of underground storage stacks containing several million books!

Flatiron District

Several years ago, my good friend, Majella, told me what her mother used to tell her, “be a tourist in your hometown.”  When she finally came to town over the 4th of July weekend, we played tourist in New York. We walked all over Manhattan, including the Flatiron district.  This area along with Gramercy Park just east of here and Union Square to the south are nice places to wander around in downtown Manhattan, especially on a summer evening. This is a view of the MetLife Clock Tower soaring above Madison Square park.

The Flatiron building is one of my favorite buildings in New York.  I like the triangular shape of this renaissance revival style (according to the AIA guide to New York City) building, which was completed in 1903.

Central Park in July

After going to a Matisse exhibit at the Jewish Museum in the Upper East Side, my friend, Majella, and I walked across the park one Sunday afternoon in July.  This picture was taken on the east side of the reservoir with the view of the Upper West Side skyline.

At the western side of the park, this is a view of Turtle Pond and the Upper East Side from the Belvedere Castle.

After brunch at Sarabeths Central Park West a few weeks later, I took a picture of The Pond across the street from the restaurant. If you are a J.D. Salinger fan, you might be interested in this piece of trivia;  The Pond is featured in The Catcher in the Rye.