Wednesday, 23 March 2011
This is on the way home from New York, wayyyyy too early, with dawn breaking as I fly home towards England - so peaceful, so pretty... I am hoping for spring when I land!
Monday, 21 March 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Today I visited the Carnegie Mansion (AKA The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, part of the Smithsonian) to view the collection of historical Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery on display there - a fabulous collection of to-die-for precious and fascinating jewels including items that belonged to Greta Garbo, Princess Grace of Monaco, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor - it was jaw-dropping, really it was - the lushness of these amazing pieces, the size and the design of them was astonishing - the Carnegie Mansion was quite interesting too and the tour guide was worth following around. I was lucky enough to arrive early, because I as I left, there was a long queue out the front with people waiting patiently to view the collection which was almost as astonishing to me as the collection, I've never seen Americans queue for anything before!
Saturday, 19 March 2011
saw the Stock Exchange (though you can't go in...)
and saw extreme poverty alongside all this wealth...this man was barefoot, standing in the middle of the road, singing, wearing rags...
Friday, 18 March 2011
Today I went down to the Financial District and Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. This is one not to miss in New York and another beautiful day to do it! The only low spot - I had the sun in my eyes so was walking with my head slightly down and then 'bong', I walked head-first into a metal box on the bridge (phone or electricity box I think) - I hit it with quite a bang and now have a huge, huge bruise on my head. Ouch.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Wandering down in the financial centre of New York, I found this interesting museum display of artifacts dedicated to the American Indian - inside a beautiful building were more beautiful, interesting things AND a display about the American Indian Horse Nation. Well, of course I had to go in and see what was what - beautiful beadwork - including a lady beading in a corner, talking to people about her work and lots of horse related stuff - it was fascinating.
I have to tell you though, this was the scariest doll I ever saw in my life...
Stuff I saw today in New York..
More very, very tall buildings...
Cake, cake and more cake...and the last one was all mine...
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Whenever I visit New York, I HAVE to visit M and J Trimming which is just about the most amazing place you could imagine for lace, ribbon, buttons, flowers, feathers, fabrics, trims, sewing stuff, iron-on transfers, you name it, you can find it in here ---- I bought some gorgeous feathers for tiaras and some silk ribbon but I tell you, I could spend a couple of weeks in this place and never cover it all....
If you're into creative stuff - sewing, knitting, stitching, jewellery making, whatever, and you are in New York, this is one place you absolutely must not miss!