Just back from two weeks in the US of A, and in honour of today being Thanksgiving - that important holiday for our US friends - I'm going to post some pictures of a few days spent in Chappaqua, New York and Manhattan. Pumpkins left over from Hollowe'en and brilliant foliage still lasting through the final days of Autumn (or, should I say, 'Fall') feature prominently. This is more of a photo album than an proper blog post, but - hey! - enjoy!
Chappaqua is about 45 minutes by train from Manhattan, and is filled with the homes of the rich and famous, including that well-known family, the Clintons. Though I didn't find time to drop in on Hilary and Bill *wink* I did have the privilege of staying at an Inn they apparently frequent from time to time (am I allowed to say that?): the delightful Crabtree Kittle House Inn, built in 1790.
|Crabtree's Kittle House Inn|
|The last of the leaves|
|A neighbourhood walk|
|Cold Spring: Antique heaven|
In Cold Spring, New York, about an hour's drive from Chappaqua, I found the motherlode of American antique shops. Sadly, only a few were open, but those few were so extensive and so filled with interesting objets that it really didn't matter. With pretty houses, still-vivid trees and a great riverside (yep - the Hudson) restaurant, Cold Spring was worth the pretty drive.
|Cold Spring houses|
|'LOVE': Sixth Avenue, NYC|
In Manhattan, the weather was surprisingly mild, with only a little rain. Central park was looking divine, in a wintery kind of way, and the city provided its usual basket of goodies: a De Kooning retrospective at MoMA, plus great Christmas shopping in the design shop; two great meals in the The Bar at The Modern (my all time favourite restaurant, for food and for people-watching); rendevous at Grand Central; opera (Zefferelli's big 'Boheme'); lunch in SoHo; a swing by Bloomingdales; brunch at The Pierre...and one last walk in the Park...
|The marvellous Met|
|A reflective moment, NYC, November|
|"Meet you under the clock..."|
|"...a little rain must fall..."|
|Skating in the Park|
|Autumn on the upper East Side|
|Street food: Manhattan|
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
|Brussel sprouts as they've rarely been served before.|
And an unexpected bonus: discovery of Blue Hill at Stone Barns: a gastronomic delight of a restaurant on a marvellous farm estate (once part of the Rockefeller estate, now restored to a working farm) at Pontcantico Hills, NY. The food presentation was very picture-worthy; the tastes were sensational; the company the best ever...as you might guess, I had a good time. A very good time.
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends, and to all.
|My favourite pic from Central Park.|