“She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes.”
Frank Deford

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weekend in NYC

Last week, I spent a long weekend in NYC (Manhattan to be specific) visiting my son who lives in the East Village.  A little colder than SoCal (though it didn't snow like this week!), but a very fun place to visit.  We did a lot of walking, some subway riding, and a cab or two.

Here are some views of the four days I was there; not the big tourist attraction landmarks, just some personal impressions.  Enjoy.

East village apartments.

Some of the buildings have names.

Inside Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Nat'l Historic Site.

Typical sight in Union Square.

This too...

Remnant of original building facade in front of a modern NYU medical center.

Doni's electronic marquis designs for the musical Aladdin.

Manhattan skyline from the flight deck of the Intrepid aircraft carrier.

Subway tiles.

Smiley face building.

Little ducklings.

Loving pigeons a little too much.

Deli time!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy March!

It's been awhile, I know.  Life has been very busy.  Haven't been on vacation in over two months (!), so no travelog photos to share, but here are a few from my work commute that I thought you all would enjoy.  Here's looking towards spring :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Orleans, LA

December turned out to be a busy month for me:  a trip to Kentucky (see last post), then to Philadelphia for my nephew's bar mitzvah, Chanuka, and then a vacation in New Orleans, Louisiana between Xmas and New Years.  Phew! That's a lot of airline mileage....

I've always wanted to visit New Orleans and this trip was a lot of fun.  When you think of the Big Easy, you think of partying (Marti Gras), drinking, and eating.  But there's actually a lot of other great things to do there if you like history and architecture and the beautiful outdoors.  I stayed in a timeshare on the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain (which is directly north of N.O.) in a town called Abita Springs, which used to be a summer resort destination for city folk.  It was very pretty and much quieter than staying in town.  It was also a great jumping off point for visiting other places outside of the city.

I apologize ahead of time for the large number of photos posted.  I really tried to narrow down the amount to a manageable size (you should have seen the first cut!), but I think you'll enjoy the ones I've selected.  Grab a cup of coffee and start scrolling :)

Waffles on Maple

St Charles streetcar (oldest continuous running streetcar line in the country).

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (24 miles long!)

At the Mystery House at the UCM Museum, Abita Springs.

The owner of the Mystery House.


Parade down Louisiana Street.

Tour guide at the Lafayette #1 Cemetery


Houmas House

Custom "Blue Dog" painting by local Cajun artist George Rodrigue.

Destrehan Plantation


The famous Cafe du Monde

Mmmmm beignets!

Jackson Square.

Lafitte's blacksmith shop (it's a bar).

French Market.

CSA half dollar - the only mint to strike coins with a distinctly Confederate design was in
New Orleans, after it was taken over in 1861.

More Blue Dogs and streetcars.

Lake and cypress trees at dawn.

Top of the Biloxi lighthouse.

Biloxi Visitor's Center.

Carved cypress sculptures by Marlin Miller.

Gulf Islands National Seashore - Davis Bayou area.


If you know your history, he was president of the Confederacy, not the USA.
Only in the South...

...and yes, that's a Confederate flag flying.

Jeff himself.

Behind Beauvoir is a cemetery for Confederate soldiers.

Driving along the Gulf Coast.


This is for Dad (a"h).