Photography is the art of capturing something fleeting; holding something which cannot be held; time made still.
Growing up in NYC, I knew that I lived in a very special place. While I have moved to the west coast, I enjoy my visits to this very unique city and yes, I am still a Yankees fan (Mets also!) and love listening to Frank Sinatra’s recording of “New York, New York” (pronounced Neu Yawk).
Let me share some of my memories and should your journeys take you to New York, New York, you will also have incredible memories which will last a lifetime.
- The Twin Towers, including cocktails and fabulous brunches at Windows on the World Restaurant … a part of me will never be the same because of 9/11
- Walking all about Manhattan, from east side to west side, downtown by the water, up 5th Ave to the Museums, etc
- Central Park, beautiful any time of year
- Rockefeller Center, especially memorable at Christmas
- Circle Line boat about Manhattan
- The Staten Island ferry
- Broadway shows (check out TKS for tickets, waiting in line, not knowing if you will get tickets for the show you want)
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
- Lincoln Center
- St Patrick’s Day Parade and then going to a fabulous Irish Pub, lots of laughs
- Discovering your favorite Italian restaurants (best Italian food outside of Italy)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art (always a must visit)
- The Natural History Museum and Planetarium
- The Museum of Modern Art
- Nearby beaches including Jones Beach, Long Beach, the Hamptons and the Jersey shore
- Katz’s Jewish Deli on Houston (pronounced Howston)
- Macy’s and Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor
- Local shops and restaurants on the upper West Side
- Macy’s July 4th Fireworks
- Walking along the restaurant row area, picking a spot, before going to a Broadway show (terrific memories of Becco Italian Restaurant)
- Studio 54 and Xenon discos
- Top of the 6’s (Fifth Ave), when it was a restaurant, with a great view
- Fifth Ave at dusk
- Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge
- Off Broadway shows
- Shakespeare in the Park
- Late night restaurants, including great dessert places … mouth watering
- Water taxi to Hoboken, NJ for terrific Italian food
- Terrific Greek restaurants in Astoria
- Best bakeries …
I could continue, but you get the idea! It is the most incredible city to explore … enjoy!! The links below have some favorite photos of NYC …
Savor your journeys!
I visited Munich in Spring and it was quite beautiful. It’s a neat city to explore with many interesting shops (yes, I did buy a cuckoo clock) and terrific restaurants. As I did not rent a car, I took a tour to the beautiful Linderhof Palace and the Black Forest.
Being in Munich, I had to go to a large beer hall. It was crowded and I cannot imagine what the area must be like during Oktoberfest (very large crowds!). I had heard that beer is the Bavarians favorite drink and it is fabulous. Everyone was in a very jovial mood. I ordered and looked about, noticing that the servers were carrying several (four?) large beer steins in each hand.
When the waitress put the beer stein in front of me, I laughed as I realized it was heavy because it was thick glass, filled with the most delicious beer. It was quite unlike the beer I had previously tasted. I immediately understood why the Bavarians love their beer.
Everyone at the table toasted “Prost” (German for “cheers”) and we drank, enjoyed the food and became merrier. Visiting a beer hall is a definite “must” when in Munich. The phrase to know is “Ein Bier, bitte” (a beer, please)
Memories of my visit to Munich are highlighted by the very warm, generous people, terrific food (especially the pastries and desserts) and Munich beer and the beautiful scenery. I treasure my short stay there as I have life-long marvelous memories of this gorgeous area.
Travel well and often and savor your journeys!
My favorite memories include …
- A beautiful sunny day
- Great memory of my mom and I enjoying our journey to Japan and especially having so much fun at Tokyo Disneyland, truly a magical place
- Many familiar rides / exhibits
- Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Peter Pan, Space Mountain, It’s a Small World, Dumbo, Pirates of the Caribbean, Main Street, etc.
- Spectacular, unique to Tokyo Disneyland exhibits included a terrific panorama about the Sea … this is what probably evolved into Tokyo DisneySea, which opened late summer, 2001
- “The happiest place on earth” opened its first location outside of the US in Tokyo in April, 1983 .. the atmosphere was fabulous .. familiar yet marvelously different
- Adults and children seemed to love the place, enjoying the rides and open spaces
- The Parade was very popular with everyone, with many smiles and lots of laughter
- Everyone at the Park was very friendly and excited to be there
- I’d love to return to create new memories, especially to see Tokyo DisneySea