New York

The New York Botanical Garden | New York

A day trip you’ve heard about before from me is the easy drive down to the New York Botanical Garden. It may sound like a great exertion at the wrong time of the year. However let me tell you that the gardens are just gearing up for the holidays – so now is the time to plan to go. We observed Read More…

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TENEMENT MUSEUM | New York

Last night I watched a very old film, called A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.   I remember seeing it when I was a child.  It starred Peggy Ann Garner, as the imaginative daughter of a poor Irish family living in a tenement. This little girl would have been about my age, was reading her way through the Read More…

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Steinhardt Gardens – Mount Kisco | New York

As one of my companions said, “If God had money….” (the assumption being that if God had money, God would have created the Steinhardt Garden.) I was able to join a private tour of these magnificent gardens in Mount Kisco recently.  I wouldn’t even tell you about it, except that the gardens Read More…

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Stone Barns – Hands On Agriculture | Westchester County, New York

I first heard about it as “Blue Hill at Stone Barns.”  It was broadcast as THE most wonderful organic upscale restaurant EVER. And I gather it IS.  But I knew there was more to the story, so I was glad to have the opportunity to have a look at what it really is.  What I discovered is staggering. The Read More…

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Another Manhattan | New York City

I guess you never get enough of the Big Apple. And the choices of activities are endless and ever changing. It’s like the old adage: “you never step in the same river twice” (vamping on Aki Busch and Herodotus themes). The theme of this column could be: “How To Go to Europe in two days in Read More…

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Escaping JFK | New York City

Sometimes a reality check about the joys of travel is in order.  This is it. We became the victims of our own desire to escape the chills and blasts of winter by planning a week in St. Martin, in the Netherlands Antilles. We hoped and prayed that the blizzard-like snows of Friday March 16 would Read More…

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New York City | a Great Weekend Destination

We recently did a reverse “commute” to spend a few days in the big city.  We’ve lived in the country for so long that it’s a real treat to be in the Big Apple with time to spare.  I found it especially fun to spend these days in the Greenwich Village area, which is filled with all sorts of Read More…

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Go Lists | Dutchess County, New York

Recently TripAdvisor (a great website for Travelers) announced that ordinary travelers could and should write about their home town areas, and enter a contest, to tell strangers about their own “home town.”  In other words, make a “Go” List. (Have a look at the site, it’s full of travel information Read More…

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Cape May Wedding | Cape May, New Jersey

Going to Cape May, New Jersey, for an early September wedding would be fun, we thought.  How could we know how much fun, and how attractive, clean and organized this most-southern part of New Jersey would be? And how could we know that we would drive over four hours to get there, and find that a Read More…

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Saratoga Springs | New York

A French Bistro in a diner? It didn’t seem logical, but we were willing to try, when we heard raves about the food.  Sure enough, Chez Sophie proved to be a highlight of a recent weekend in Saratoga Springs. What with the racing and the music, Saratoga has become one of THE places to be in Read More…

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