Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Weekend in Brooklyn, NYC


My daughter and myself took a long weekend to NYC. Instead of staying in the throngs of tourists in Manhattan, we decided to stay in the Brooklyn borough in the popular neighborhood called ParkSlope.  I found an Air BnB that was an adorable old home that has been kept up to the traditional style. We had a whole floor to ourselves with use of the kitchen for breakfast .

We mostly saw other areas of NYC and mainly focused on things to do in Brooklyn. Our first stop was a beautiful cemetery Green-Wood. It was founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark. 

We found an app on our phone that led us on a walking tour around the cemetery pointing out interesting people buried and stories about them.  Unfortunately we were about a week too early for the flowering trees that were abundant here.

There were sculptures of all shapes and sizes.

This was the sight of the Battle of Brooklyn on the highest point of the cemetery.
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There was a great view from the hill.

There was a beautiful iron gate with a lamb and weeping willow tree. This was a popular motif weeping willow associated with mourning and the resting sheep peaceful death.


Baked in Brooklyn was an awesome bakery we stopped at.


We were able to go everywhere from our little apartment.  there was a subway station about 4 blocks away. We took this to every destination.  This was one of the subway stations below the museum of Natural History 81st station;







On Monday we headed to the lower east side to visit the Tenement museum. We got there early and the front desk had a walking tour of the neighborhood. Here are some architecture we saw.












Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thanksgiving in San Francisco


Ian hosted us for Thanksgiving at his new apartment in Mountain View. We did a great hike nearby and a walking tour of San Francisco. Here we are taking a break for lunch at 


This was a beautiful church we happened upon on our walk. I loved the ornate wood carving in the choir section and the rose window.
I purposely chose a challenging hike up to Russian Hill and Lombard street. Even though it was rainy we got a great workout with all the hills.


Here is the Victorian Home we toured.



We did a guided tour through an old Historic home. Here was the dining room.





I loved all the architecture in San Fran. The mouldings are gorgeous!

A view of Coit Tower from our hike down Lombard street. It was fun to see all the crazy tourists.

Lombard street

Friday, November 7, 2014

Nova Scotia in the Fall

We took a fall cruise to Nova Scotia with my parents to enjoy some Fall Foliage. We have always wanted to see this area of Canada. The places we visited were Bar Harbor, Halifax, Prince Edward Island,  Quebec City, and Boston.  We went for my Fall Break Oct 15 and it seemed many small towns had closed up for the season. One town we drove a long way to find a restaurant.

The colors were at their peak the closer inland we drove. Beautiful reds and oranges we dont see in Colorado.

We saw numerous lighthouses at every port we stopped at. We rented a car to be able to see several cities during our stopovers.

We visited Anne Gable's house from the famous novel series on Prince Edward Island.


Quebec started off as a rainy day. We did several walking tours and a history museum.  The architecture was beautiful.


More color near the battlefield.

Chateau Frontenac in the background. My parents had a lovely lunch there.

There were lots of steps going from the old to the new Town.
It was a great time enjoying time with Mom and Dad.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Printing with Presley


We met in Simone's garage this week to do some printing. We all had some different techniques to try out.
This is Pressley that we get to meet once a year in our printing workshop.


Our group was smaller this week but still lots of fun.
Thanks to Simone and Sabyl who set up all the tables for us to create!

Here is Sabyl's mono print.



Prints waiting to dry. Lots of bright colors.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hallstatt, Austria

This was a charming town we stopped in for the night. There were lots of activities here but the day we visited it was super hot. Too hot to even ride a bike. 




This was our hotel , on the right. This was the main square of the town.

There was a beautiful light show as the sun went down. Soon the clouds opened in a big rainstorm.