Long Weekend in NYC

In mid-August a few of us boarded Amtrak in DC’s Union Station for a long weekend in New York. We were there to take in sights, along with one or two art exhibits. Time being limited to three days; it was imperative that we draft an itinerary with options for alternative sites and multiple reservations to shape the weekend.

These mosaics in the subway are gorgeous works to view while waiting for the train.The Empire State Building lit up after sunset.

Rarely shown drawings by Paul Cézanne were on display at MoMA with over 250 works in pencil and layered washes of watercolor revealing how drawing shaped his modern vision. I loved seeing sketchbooks and notebooks of the hills of Mont Sainte-Victoire where Cézanne hiked daily to sketch landscapes and still-lives.

When in SoHo there’s nothing like lunching at Ladurée to relax after perusing art exhibits and to enjoy macarons from their Parisian bakery.

Travel safely,
Kathleen

Xunantunich

This ancient Mayan site is 70 miles west of Belize City located atop a ridge on the Mopan River within proximity of the Guatemala border. The first modern explorations of the area were conducted in the mid-1890’s, and according to our guide [Jerson] excavations are still taking place. They have revealed small family-based villages [residential groups] and farms that spread out over the landscape.

Xunantunich was built as a ceremonial center at the end of the Late Classic Maya Period around 600 AD, but the site has a long settlement history dating to the Early Pre-Classic [1300-1000 BC] period. The property encompasses 22 acres with the center being relatively small in comparison to the overall structure. Our guide barely touched on the specific rituals that took place, but indicated sacrifices were amongst the protocols.

Though the area is steeped in history, it was breathtaking to be able to hike and climb the ruins or see archeologist tucked into a space unearthing finds for the day.
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Travel safely,
Kathleen