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

August Edition

Friends and family have been spending the sultry days of August resting, relaxing and sending photos of their adventurous destinations from all points on the globe. A few of us have taken advantage of summer Friday’s extending the weekend to catch up on cultural aesthetics within the community, while others have vested several weeks traveling to various countries.

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE,
Washington, DC 20019

Starting in Washington DC my dear friend Quy enjoyed the “waterlilies and lotuses” which sprout from the ponds of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the only national park devoted to water loving plants, and is part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateway network. Here you may experience the flora and fauna of this 12-acre park and most definitely come away with ideas and colors schemes for your personal gardens.

National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20560

I had the opportunity last week to visit the newest Smithsonian museum that opened on the Mall at 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. The building is an architectural wonder not to mention the collection containing over 37,000 pieces. A lot will capture your attention, such as the Portrait of an African by Albrecht Dürer in 1508 and the lace shawl worn my Harriet Tubman that was a gift from England’s Queen Victoria. It is free to visit the museum, but you must acquire tickets to enter so, visit the website for additional information.

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