New York – America – Photos

New York skyline

New York skyline

My trip to New York was a wonderful experience.  I also took in Philadelphia and Washington, but I’ll keep those photos for another time.  The flight that I had booked was cancelled so I had to go a day early – what a hardship!  I’m starting with an image of the Observation Tower at Ground Zero – after all the New York skyline has always been amazing and this is obviously a new addition to the skyline.

I’m not going to try and show you photos of places like Times Square because my photos can’t compete with all the wonderful images that professional photographers produce.  Instead I’ll try and bring you some of the less well known places, or of quirky things that I saw.




Inside the 911 museum

Inside the 911 museum

Ground Zero

I visited the museum at Ground Zero.  Last time I was in New York I just visited the area without going inside the museum.  However I was really pleased to see inside the museum this time.  It was a very moving experience.

The quote ‘No day shall erase you from the memory of time’ is  from Virgil and what appears to be blue tiling behind it is in fact thousands of blue cards.  Each one of them is a different shade of blue.

Fashion district entrance

Fashion district entrance

New York fashion district

Obviously I had to take a wander around the fashion district and these sculptures seemed very appropriate at the entrance to the area.  The tailor at his sewing machine and the needle through the button were very striking.

Along 7th Avenue the pavements are decorated with a walk of fame with plaques giving brief outlines of some of the major designers and their work.  I found them really interesting.

Highline New York

Highline New York

New York Highline

What a wonderful idea this is!  A disused high level train track has been turned into a 1.1/2 mile walk high above street level.

What is this tree?

What is this tree?

The walk is just beside the tracks and the entire length has been planted with flowerbeds, shrubs and trees.  It’s a real oasis in a very busy city.

The tree shown was not one I had ever seen before – in the top right hand part of the photo there is a huge white flower.  So if anybody knows what the tree is I would be really interested to know.

Union Jack sweet

Union Jack sweet

Sweets in the bus terminal

In the Port Authority bus terminal there were sweeties everywhere.  That’s not as weird as it sounds!

The terminal is hosting an exhibition and a popup shop devoted to the work of Laurence Jenkell.  These sculptured candies are everywhere, with each one designed around the flag of a different country.  Obviously I had to take a photo of the Union Jack sweet.

Candy Stars and Stripes

Candy Stars and Stripes

In the popup shop there were many more items made from that candy shape which is her trademark.  This flag is made from red, white and blue sweet shapes.

Sewing machine on rock

Sewing machine on rock

Another sewing machine

This sewing machine sculpture appeared on a street corner which I passed on my way back to my hotel.

There was nothing with it to explain it, so I can’t tell you why it’s there, but it certainly grabbed my attention.

Bronx zoo

Family of baboons

Family of baboons

Towards the end of my holiday I needed something calm and restful as I was exhausted.  The Bronx Zoo fitted the bill beautifully.  This family of baboons looked very calm and peaceful – especially the one on the right lying along the trunk of the tree.  If you’re ever near the zoo, it is well worth a visit and it’s much cheaper on Wednesdays.

Monkey

Monkey

This cheeky monkey was a complete contrast to the baboons.  Hasn’t he got a pretty face?

I’m sorry that I can’t remember which type of monkey he is.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

 

New York – Los Angeles

Statue of Liberty, New York

Statue of Liberty, New York

I had never been to New York so when I was invited to my niece’s wedding celebrations in Los Angeles, it seemed the perfect opportunity to spend a week in New York on my way.

New York Sightseeing

The Statue of Liberty was every bit as impressive when seen close up as I had hoped.  I took two boat trips while I was in New York – one went a small way up the Hudson River and came back via the Statue, while the other one was a ferry to Staten Island, just for a look around.




Macy's

Macy’s

There was a heat wave on while I was there and even though I had packed comfortable shoes, they didn’t stay comfortable when my feet swoll up in the heat.  There was so much that I wanted to see that I couldn’t help rushing everywhere to fit in as much as possible.  I hadn’t planned on doing any shopping, but I felt that Macy’s, the largest retail store in the world, was somewhere that I had to visit.

New York Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Then I began a tour of the museums and art galleries – what a treat that was!  The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art gallery (and the most visited) in America.  Deservedly so.  Please forgive me if I’m showing the wrong photo for the Met – I had so many photos to sort through that I may have accidentally selected one of a different museum!

Pleated cape

Pleated cape

They had a fashion section with one part devoted to pleated fashion.  That was absolutely fascinating.  The cape shown was made with heavy pleating, but there were many more garments that I could have chosen which were just as interesting in their use of pleats.

Ground Zero

Ground Zero

I also had to visit the Ground Zero area.  There is a very simple and touching water feature with the names of all those who lost their lives on that dreadful day engraved on the edges.

I also saw lots of other places when I was lost, which happened quite frequently, but it was all fun and interesting.

The Museum of Modern Art was smaller than the Met but just as interesting and along with the Museum of Native Indian Art I have come back with plenty of ideas for quilts in the coming months.

New York skyline across the Jackie Onassis Reservoir

New York skyline across the Jackie Onassis Reservoir

My hotel was just across Central Park from the Museum Mile.  The view across the Jackie Onassis Reservoir shows a very different view of the New York skyline – very peaceful.

Big bubbles

Big bubbles

At the entrance to Central Park there was a man blowing the most enormous bubbles I have ever seen.  He was dipping two ropes in bubble solution and then separating the ropes to create the bubbles.  The delightful thing about this image was that the man appeared to be having just as much fun as the small children for whom he was blowing the bubbles!

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Art Gallery (full name Solomon R Guggenheim Museum) had a delightfully simple layout – it is created in the form of a spiral and you can wander gently round the coils of the spiral till you get to the top – and then come back down again.  I bought a few Christmas presents there.

Moholy-Nagy work

Moholy-Nagy work

The exhibition showing there at the moment is Moholy-Nagy:  Future Present.  I could see lots of ideas for modern quilts in his work – the one in the photo is far more complex than it looks, with different widths and sizes of the elements and shapes and lines running behind each other.  I haven’t figured out how I could translate this into a quilt yet – but I’m working on it.

Vivien and Paul

Vivien and Paul

Los Angeles

My week in New York came to an end and I flew across to Los Angeles for my niece Vivien’s wedding to Paul.  The celebrations took place in a restaurant in a canyon just outside Los Angeles.  Vivien looked like a princess.  Most of my photos of the event are too dark for me to show you, but it was a lovely evening.

By coincidence, I sat beside a quilter at the reception.  She has a longarm machine and runs a business quilting for others.

Sonoma County

The next morning we had brunch on Venice Beach and then my daughter Samantha and I hired a car and drove north along the coast.  Well, I say we, but she wouldn’t actually trust me to drive.  In fact she didn’t even trust me with hotel room keys.  Anyone would think I was in the habit of losing things.  On that subject, someone told me that there are two stages of memory loss:  in the first stage you lose your keys while in the second stage you find the keys but can’t think what they are for.  I think I definitely qualify for stage one.

Samantha amid the sunflowers

Samantha amid the sunflowers

When we reached Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, we stopped for a few days visiting vineyards and wine tasting.  At one vineyard there was a picnic area beside the river and some huge sunflowers.  I don’t think that I have ever seen such tall sunflowers.

Quilt shop in Healdsburg

Quilt shop in Healdsburg

In Healdsburg, we came across a quilt shop.  The staff were really friendly and they had some lovely quilts on display – all made either by themselves or by students of their workshops.

Finally, last Friday I flew from San Francisco to New York and then on back to the UK – while Samantha flew down to Las Vegas for a few days.  The end of a wonderful holiday – and I was lucky enough to be upgraded by BA so I had a very comfortable flight home.