Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Walking in the rain

8:46 AM on the train, business had me walking in New York City after 9:15 AM today, rain puddled around my ankles, but the fun just to hop over splashes and looking at the windows while sprinting by at around 10:30 AM was worth every precious minute. Time is always of essence, I had to be back in suburbia to receive my son from soccer camp half past three sharp, so there was no time for lingering, since my appointment ate away the minutes I could enjoy...and my train back left at 1:25 PM!
But for what it's worth here some quick impressions from just one small area at the Upper East Side, Decorator's Way to be precise!

A quick pit stop at Le Pain Quotidien to dry up for a few minutes and gain energy for my walk and then just fun at windows and some shopping along the way.

And what I love the most...the effortless exercise of logging in block after block!

A small shop right before the bridge on 59 Th Street and 1st Ave had me drooling over carved stone mantels.

Plenty of chairs at Urban Outfitters...and a tile place full of amazing stuff...

Every window displayed lovely vignettes ready to move right in to...

Virtually flying by...Janus et Cie! Oh, No More Time!!!

And the back side of Bloomingdale's... should I or shouldn't I??? What the heck.... a quick run through the ground floor to the other side did not hurt at all!
Oh the scents and sighs...

and a try of the latest Chloe parfum (YES, please!) and a quick glance at the jewelry!
And off I am, getting the 6 train down to Grand Central.
By the way: The Conran Shop has moved to the ABC Store down near Union Square at Broadway and 17 Th Street! I found out the wet way...

Anyway, it was wonderful, stormy but fun and I guess the next visit is in the nearest future! I simply miss the inpressions, the sirens, the people rushing by, the endless change and the energy of 'my' city!

Reading my book on the train home gave me the rest I needed before the afternoon rush hour at home! (PS: It's wonderful, I can only recommend it)


All pictures by V.Zlotkowski, Barnes & Nobles (book) and Bloomingdale's web site (parfum).

Sunday, March 28, 2010


One of the wonderful things of unstructured time on weekends is the possibility to ask the following delightful question: What should we do today?
And we found our answer in a heartbeat! A visit to the New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx, mere 10 min away from us by car. Off we went to see the currently running Cuban Orchid Show! Dedicated to the orchids of Cuba the show has Cuban music in the background and all I wanted to do is dance among the flowers...It was so fantastic and colourful and inspiring, let's just say beyond words, so I will shush and just take you around a bit!

Walking past dormant gardens...

and slowly awakening trees...

towards the wonderful conservatory with it's promise of warmth and beauty!

The small pavilion in it's reflecting pool.

I am by no means an expert, so I will not pull out botanical species names, but show you, what caught my eye and simply indulge in the splendors of nature!

Aren't those names wonderful?

My son being fully engaged in the hunt for gorgeous images...

My sweet companions...

Among bewitching scents and beauty!

I can only recommend a visit if it's remotely reachable for you, the orchid wonders are well worth the journey...
And the emerging flowers and blossoming trees outdoors are always a treat! Of course I visted the shop at the Garden, but this is a new post in a few days!


All pictures by V.Zlotkowski
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