Saturday, May 3, 2014

How The Other Half Lives

Let's see. It's grey and rainy. We've stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts.
That can only mean one thing.
It is Springtime in the Northeastern Half of these United States. 
Forsythia Everywhere!
We left the Western half of the States to attend a family wedding in Connecticut.
It was lovely.
 I availed myself of the open bar and endless trays of hors d'oeuvres and generally carried on like someone who doesn't get out enough....because I DON'T. And because I like you, I will not subject you to those photos.
But this is a smattering of what we did see. 
We were in Edward Hopper territory.
A pit stop at a diner is required.
Sailboats on Long Island Sound. 
Now we're in Fitzgerald territory. 
The trees at Caramoor are just starting to blossom.
I can just imagine Jay Gatsby and Jordan Baker strolling down this hallway at
We even got to escape into New York City to visit our old neighborhood.
Our apartment was the brown one.
Did you ever see the film "You've Got Mail"?
That was our neighborhood.
And when I lived there I looked EXACTLY like Meg Ryan. Yeah, that's right.
Tulips Everywhere!
We took in Facades, the Bill Cunningham exhibit at the New-York Historical Society.
I love Bill Cunningham soooooooo much.
The restored Jose Maria Sert murals at  Rockefeller Center are insanely wonderful.
Cocktails at the Algonquin Hotel where we celebrated OUR marriage 25 years ago.
A mural of the Algonquin Round Table by Natalie Ascencios hangs in the bar.
That's Dorothy Parker in the hat. I do love Dorothy Parker. Check out these Dorothy Parker quotes HERE and you'll understand why I'm such a fan.
And it was STILL raining as we sloshed our way to the airport.



  1. Edward Hopper territory is the best kind. Maybe twenty years ago, we drove out to Provincetown from Boston with a friend. My husband kept pointing out Hopper landmarks by shouting, "Hopper house!", and" Famous Hopper filling station!" from the back seat. By the time we were mid-cape, our friend was ready to abandon us by the roadside.

    What really made my heart skip a beat was the Dunkin's photo. The franchise is starting to show up in Nebraska, but they don't make the coffee quite the same as they do in the East.

    I'm glad you had a wonderful time, you certainly deserve it.

  2. I love wedding buffets - or buffets anywhere! Yum! That photo of the diner stools is lovely. I just want to sit and spin.

    Your old neighborhood looks so beautiful! And I just posted pictures of my boring city with hardly any buildings older than 1960. I bet it was great to live in New York. No wonder you call your home now Bland Diego!

  3. You're a native New Yorker? That, my dear, is interesting and explains the Dorothy Parker fascination if - indeed - an explanation is necessary. I would LOVE to see what you wore to the wedding!

  4. Ahh, Connie, your trip looks fabulous! So much to see and enjoy. I'm sure the wedding was great fun, and of COURSE you made full use of the open bar and hors d'oeuvres, that's what they are there for!
    I love all the sights you captured, makes me sigh and long to go. You lived in a very good-looking neighbourhood, and you had your wedding celebrations at the Algonquin? How cool is that? You're a dark horse, Mrs!
    Are you home now? Are you exhausted but happy? Are you reading some Dorothy Parker and Fitzgerald to keep the northeastern vibe going?
    PS. Most importantly, was there any vintage psychic action?! xxxx

  5. Hello Connie:

    What a fascinating post which, in addition, is full of links to other sites of interest all of which connect with you and the splendid trip you have made. We very much admire Edward Hopper as an artist and recall an exhibition of his, many, many years ago now, at The Tate Gallery in London. And what a fabulous part of New York City in which to have had an apartment. How exciting it all must have been.

  6. And it's STILL raining! I've had one nice day this week, the Monday that I drove here (4/28). I'm going to start sprouting moss.
    Did we talk about NYC when we met? I can't remember. See? Moss in my brain...
    I would LOVE to see a fruit tree in bloom. So far, it's only a bunch of green buds here in central upstate NY. And ramps (wild leeks). TG for the ramps!

  7. Cheers! I'm raising my glass of wine to you both......there! and I had a little drink too, Congratulations to you two on your 25 years together! I'm so glad you had a great time at the wedding, buffets and drinks too, I do like a good buffet! and the gorgeous photo's, I oooh-ed too at the beautiful Westchester County Club, how divine! your old apartment is just fabulous, it must have been a truly amazing time there, and Meg Ryan's hair is always a bonus (she really does have great hair!) The Dorothy Parker quotes are brilliant, I now need to know more about her and I also loved your comment you left me *big huge squeezy hugs* you made me feel a million dollars! I'm equally happy we have met too, because I think you are truly awesome! and funny, and gorgeous and every kind of wonderful! the world is a sweet place with you on it x x x

  8. Like you I don't get out enough either... but wow, when you do, you do it in style don't you? It all looks fabulous! x

  9. It looks like you had a lovely break away from the everyday. Happy anniversary :0)

  10. Fantastic photos Connie! The architecture!!! Especially in your old neighbourhood is heavenly. I've always had a bit of an obsession for dentils, and crown molding, and stoops, massive doorways, and bay windows. Must have been hard to leave.

  11. I started my life in that part of the world and all my family is from there. I was born in Massachusetts and always summered in the Adirondacks. I lived in NYC for a bit as an adult. I do miss the culture, especially the museums, but that's about it. I appreciate your erudition. Being well-read really does enrich one's life, doesn't it?

  12. Oh you were in our North Eastern territory. I didn't know you used to live in NYC. I loved that apartment of Meg Ryan at You've Got Mail. I loved her hair and Marc Jacob wardrobe in that movie. It's one of my favourite movies. I hope you enjoyed your trip.

  13. I want to see the photos of you after the open bar and the nibbles!!! Your New York apartment looks very nice indeed and I bet you did look like Meg Ryan!! I loved that film. Your photos of your trip are excellent, I love other peoples photos, it is like being on holiday!! PS: Congrats and happy Anniversary!!

  14. Those tulips are beautiful! So glad your trip was full of fun and exhibits and alcohol -- what a way to celebrate! And yes, you are a cross between Doris Day (in her youth) and Meg Ryan (in all her perkiness in You've Got Mail). So fun to see where you lived in NYC, what a gorgeous apt. and street…..always wished I had lived in New York cuz visits are just not enough.

  15. Love this post! I also adore BC. He is a legend and I watched that documentary about him three times bc I find him so inspirational!

  16. What a fantastic post! I loved taking a trip with you. That apartment you lived in looks fantastic, those gorgeous windows!
    Happy anniversary to the pair of you! xxxxxx

  17. My dearest Connie i have read the post slowly, like when you get a nice piece of cheese or a bar of gorgeous chocolate and don´t want it to end.
    I have such a joy. I flet the rain, the wonder of every pic, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Happy Anniversary to both of you
    Thank you my dear friend

  18. Allo Connie

    Happy anniversary to you 2! I'm doing much better, TG! less intense symptoms! I'm ready for an adventure too - I love NY, isn't great? you looked like Meg? wow!

    Take care Connie


    1. I did NOT look like Meg Ryan. I WISH I looked -emphasis on lookED - like Meg Ryan.

  19. Wow gorgeous pictures! Those flowers are stunning. And I want to go to Dunkin' Donuts!!! Looks like you had a lovely trip indeed :))

  20. Wow, what an amazing trip. Lovely that you got to drink in all the different flavours, and very nice of you to share too! Comgratulations! 25 years sure is worth celebrating. Xxx

  21. This trip looks awesome! Congrats on your anniversary! Your old brownstone looks pretty sweet :)

  22. I loved this post, and yes, I have seen You've Got Mail at least twenty times. Yep 20! ""Dont you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies." My favorite line in the movie :)

  23. what a lovely vacation! BTW your old neighborhood in nyc was/is amazing!!



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