Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rhode Island (babymoon!)

Newport, RI is a great location for New Yorkers who want to avoid planes and have a fairly quick road trip. The mid-September weather was just right and the leaves all along the highway starting to tinge with color.

We stayed at The Attwater on Liberty St and I would recommend it solely for its proximity to Meg's Aussie Milk Bar. They have great cold brew coffee and we rotated through the vegetarian omelette (plus ham), the grilled cheese toasty with tomato (and ham), buttermilk pancakes with fruit (and a side of ham). Love ham, did you know that?

I remember visiting Newport as a little girl but can't recall much except a photo of me in front of the Breakers with my dad. This time around, it was fascinating and hilarious learning about the lives of American Gilded Age families. Women would change up to 7 or 8 times a day - morning tennis, luncheon party, parading down Bellevue Avenue, afternoon polo and of course... dinner parties. It all felt like Downton Abbey by the sea.

Things I'll remember from the trip, some captured above:

The summer cottage across from Marble House framed by beautiful peegee hydrangeas
Boastfully completing the 3.5 mile Cliff Walk at 34 weeks
Dinners at Castle Hill Inn, Stoneacre Pantry, Thames Street Kitchen, & The Mooring
Breakfast everyday at Meg's Aussie Milk Bar (and the Anzac cookie! tee hee)
Tours of gilded mansions: The Elms, The Breakers, Marble House, and Rosecliff
The flowers at Green Animals Topiary Garden, especially those dahlias!
Sipping drinks by the harbor at sunset with my man (me - arnold palmer, him - dark and stormy)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


We went to Barbados a couple months ago
The temperature was a soothing 80°F
with just slightly cooler evenings

Every morning there were colorful kite surfers
Visible from the hotel beachfront breakfast
Every evening we fell asleep to crashing waves
And a persistent tropical bird's squawking

There was a lot of grilled fish + coleslaw
and some of the strongest rum punch
There were numerous trips to Oistins
and one very scarring visit to KFC

There were long walks on narrow sidewalks
and a scuba dive off Carlisle Bay
There was the most enchanting garden up in the hills
run by a free spirited horticulturist

We went home with bottles of rum, interesting tan lines, and sand in our suitcase

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hunte's Garden, Barbados

"Created by a legendary horticulturist with an unusual flair, Anthony Hunte, these extraordinary gardens will please even the most keen gardeners and enthusiasts. Their placement is really most unusual - in the center of Barbados' rain forest, in a sink-hole-like gully. Thanks to such interesting location, the garden offers a multidimensional experience, with vigorous plants densely growing on many levels"

Hunte's Gardens

Saturday, March 1, 2014

sorolla by the sea

it was a pleasure to spend time by the sea and to escape this freakish winter
i remembered these paintings by Sorolla who spent much of his time on the beach in Valencia
he captures so well the effect of light on water
in 2009, the Prado in Madrid held a retrospective of his work
i also visited his house in Madrid - it's a museum now with beautiful gardens