Monday, May 16, 2011

and, now, for something completely different....

 Kudos to my Blogging friends who survived my last post of dull muddy roads and rushing water. The last couple of months have been like that in Vermont. Mud can be beautiful but, my sister, hearing me absolutely moaning with cabin fever decided that what I really needed was a city. What better city than....

New York!!!

That's right! My sister convinced my mom to trundle us both off to the great Big Apple. Of course, we had so much fun. Talk about a change of pace.... I can still hear the beep of the taxi horns and the roar of traffic.

We enjoyed some fine dining experiences. One, at Colicchio & Sons and, another, at Taureau (Fondue taken to new levels - YUM!) My mom, who grew up in NYC, got to meet up with her best friend from high school. (There they are in the bottom right corner - chattering away - joy!)

We went to see two wonderful, wonderful shows. Wicked and The House of Blue Leaves (with Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Phew! You could have heard a pin drop, at the end.) While I was off having an adventure on my own, though, my mom and sis "snuck" off to see How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying- starring Daniel Radcliffe (I hear he's short) and John Laroquette. My sister reports that she hasn't laughed that hard in ages and that Dan-the-man looked right into her eyes (they had seats right down front.) =D ...Okay, so, she's laughing about it, too!

We got lost in Bloomingdale's...

We had a hysterically fun time getting makeovers at the Estee Lauder section with this gorgeous woman and I got a new Channel perfume - Chance.

...and we weren't the only puppies shopping at Bloomies!

We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art!!!
(oh, oh, oh! I LOVE it there!)

This time, we went straight to the Impressionists section. (Why do we usually leave it till last?) It's odd how we're starting to view some of these paintings as old friends who we're so happy to see again.)

While we were there, we went through the new special exhibit - Savage Beauty of Alexander McQueen's fashions. (Madelief, I thought of you and your love of fashion. You would have loved it, too.) It was gothic and more that a bit macabre and frightening and grotesque and gorgeous and flowing and beautiful and moving and haunting and powerful and connected to some kind of psyche!

It was otherworldly!

And, speaking of fashion,.... how in the world did these ladies survive walking through the Met in these shoes? Gasp! Fashionable women EVERYWHERE! (Of course.)

I got good and "lost" in Central Park (on purpose, of course).

It's always a good adventure!

Things like this appear unexpectedly around corners all the time.

There were musicians, break dancers, models being photographed - people, people, people!

Joke, anyone?

(I just looked at him and cracked up! Then, he cracked up! Then, he let me take his picture! =D)

My favorite group of musicians (a blend of classical, eastern European flavored pop.) They were good!

Shopping in the Upper West Side.

Zabar's of You've Got Mail fame.


It all ended (to make a long story short - heh) with a gorgeous trip to the NYC Botanical Gardens to meet a Blogging friend and photography mentor - Mary - from Little Red House and In a Soft Light. Mary is just as gracious and down to earth as she is in her Blog. She's one of those people that you just immediately like! I don't know, I just must be the most fortunate girl in the world!

and, the gardens? They are truly a gem!


  1. Great !!!...New York......o my o my...i am a bit jealous darling.......a little

  2. Oh how awesome! Sounds like you had a wonderfully blessed trip. Looks like you had so much fun and I agree I am a bit jealous as we have not been to New York yet. After seeing this post I am ready for us to go!!

  3. Looks like you had a great time! New York looks like an amazing place....someday....maybe! Need to talk nicely to Peter!! LOL!! Cx

  4. Oh Katy, it looks like you had a wonderful, wonderful time, and I am so happy for you. I may be partial because I live in New York State, but to me there is no greater city. I LOVE it there, and as you have so beautifully shown, the number of photographic opportunities is endless!

  5. What a wonderful time you had! Didn't you love Wicked? I cried all the way through it. I had the impression the whole family went -- but it was you and mom and Lisa? Muuuch better (don't tell them I said that). I'm so glad you got to go.

  6. Katy how very beautiful. I would love to see New York just once. I guess Im still a dreamer. I loved this blog and all the fun things you did and took photos of. I have to look at that perfume. I need too. :)
    Have a wonderful night
    Hugs to you

  7. wow, katy, what a fun whirlwind of a trip!!! you are making me want to go because i've been to NYC but have never done all of the dreamy things that you are describing. how fun!

    i'm so happy for you! we all need to pepper our lives with treats!


  8. Oh my how wonderful. Good for you. I would love to visit that place. Liz xxx

  9. Dear Katy,

    This is such a happy post! How wonderful you went to NY with your sister and mother and to see you had such a great time together. Is that your sister on the photo with the make up artist? She looks very pretty!

    You did exactly the things that I would have loved to do. I hope to visit the city for myself one day. You were right I about the Alexander McQueen exhibition! I would have loved it.

    I wanted to thank you too for the comments on my blog; your eleborate description of your garden, your love for porcelain.... I always your comments tremendously.

    I am off to pack my suitcase now. I will be leaving for England early tomorrow morning :-)

    Have a lovely day!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

  10. It is so good to get a change of scenery once in awhile, isn't it? Your story and photos of New York are wonderful, Katy! I'm so glad you all had such a grand time, and I'm so happy you were able to come and hang out with me!

    Oh, and your makeover was beautiful! :)

  11. Wow, you make the Big City look accessible and not-so-scary.

    I've been in the country waaay too long.

  12. Hello:
    This is absolutely fantastic. New York is a city we long to visit and this tour, which takes in so much, has made us even keener. There clearly is so much to see and do, probably needing more than a lifetime, and you are so lucky to have a mother brought up in New York who obviously knows her way around!

    We are delighted to have discovered your blog [recommended to us by a friend, Edith Hope, who told us it was great fun], and have also enjoyed reading some of your earlier posts which are so varied, as well as being both interesting and entertaining. We shall look forward to more!!

  13. Dear Katy Noelle,

    When I was scrolling through some of my older post I noticed a lot of your comments I haven't seen before. I felt horrible for not replying to you and thank you. I enjoyed them very much.

    It's funny but somehow your comments feel like we are sitting somewhere at a table, talking and not thousand of miles apart. Your comment about make up and Bloomingdales made me smile. It made me realise again how much in common we have. I am not that much of a make-up girl (only mascara, eyeliner and lipstick now and then), but I do love beautiful clothes :-)!

    Hope I will see one of your posts again soon!

    Lieve groet and happy day,

    Madelief x

  14. Dear Katy Noelle, thank you very much for your kind and always optimistic and positive words! :D
    Your kind of people just make this world better! How are you doing? I must admit that I didn´t visit here for a long while and anyway I wasn´t very present during some months. But all is going well for us and we are still working on our house. I wish you all the best and send some happy greetings... :)

    ps. Love that image of the 1Dollar-jokes :)

  15. Looks like you had a wonderful time, thank you for sharing it,
    Love Helen xx

  16. Wow! Thanks for the armchair holiday, Katy! I love getting to meet longtime internet friends, and it sounds like the had the greatest time! x

  17. Hi,I'm your new follower but it looks like you've stopped blogging?I'll follow for awhile just in case you come back.A sister In Christ-Denise P.s.Visit me any time:)

  18. So happy I stumbled upon your blog via Madeleif! I so enjoyed this post as I am planning a trip to New York this August and this has been a wonderful little tour for me of the city. I hope to see much of what you guys did!

    xo Trish

  19. Lovely walk...
    Regards from France,


  20. Lovely to see your NY pics, so many years since I went there...happy days!


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