Back from the City of Light

Paris, France—November 3 through November 8, 2017

 

We got the chance to take a quick trip over to Paris including a side trip to Lyon to celebrate the 21st birthday of our niece who is studying in Lyon. Paris is as beautiful and cosmopolitan as ever, with its classic architecture, museums, cafes and restaurants. We stayed at the Brighton Hotel on the Rue de Rivoli where our room overlooked the Tuilerie Gardens. From our room we could see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night and the Tuileries in the morning as the sun came up.

 

Soon—beginning early in January—we are headed out to Cape Town South Africa, where we will board Crystal Cruise’s Symphony Cruise liner to go on an extended trip that will take us through South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Columbia, Panama, St. Bart’s and from there, back to Florida. We will be posting all along the way, so stay tuned.

 

Joe

The Obelisk in Paris
Paris, France — November 3, 2017 — The Obelisk of Luxor from across a pond in the Tuilerie Gardens. Editorial Use Only.
Overlooking Eiffel Tower and Tuilerie Gardens
From over the Tuilerie Gardens, a view of the Eiffel Tower on a clear Autumn Day
Farmer's Market in Paris, France
Paris, France — November 4, 2017 — Shoppers at a Parisan farmers market in Autumn. Editorial Use Only.
A path in the Tuileries in Paris in Autumn when the leaves turn color
The grounds of the Tuilery Gardens are covered with fallen leaves as the trees turn colors.

 

 

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Spring Time in New York

Thursday was a fine day in New York. The weather was great and the city was full of people taking in the sights. There is an excellent retrospective of the photographs (like the one  shown below) of Irving Penn at the Met to mark the centennial of his birth. The exhibit includes a guided tour by people who put it together. The exhibit will be open through July 30, 2017.

Penn Exhibition

More information about the exhibit is available here.

Below are some photos from New York taken Thursday.

 

Traffic Cop

Traffic Cop and Frustrated Pedestrian

 

Musicians in Central Park

Musicians in Central Park

Ukranian Embassy

Ukrainian Embassy on 5th Avenue

JFB

The High Line–April 12, 2017

Now that the weather is turning nicer New Yorkers are back to leissurely (by New York standards) walks around the city. Here are some shots from a recent walk around the High Line.

Quick Trip to NYC

Just back from a quick trip to New York, where we went to see the show “Beautiful” about Carole King. Just tremendous.

The stage just before the show starts
The stage just before the show starts

 

The Christmas Tree is lit up; getting around 5th Avenue is a nightmare now that Trump tower is serving as the White House North. Speaking of Trump, we had lunch with friends from the Serenity Crystal cruise at the Jean-George Nougatine Restaurant at 1 Central Park West. Just spectacular.

Here are a couple of shots from around town.

 

Ice Skaters at the Bryant Park Rink in New York
Ice Skaters at the Bryant Park Rink in New York
A photo shoot in Bryant Park
A photo shoot in Bryant Park
Midtown Manhattan during the Christmas Season
Midtown Manhattan during the Christmas Season
Bryant Park in Winter afer the leaves have turned brown
Bryant Park in Winter afer the leaves have turned brown