Saturday, August 30, 2014

End of the Month











Pages, miles, and sights later, another month has gone by. August was something

Friday, August 29, 2014

California III











Cities by the sea, ethnic history, and memorable greenery. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

On California and the Sameness of Cities









California's architecture, plants, and other distinctive characteristics delighted me last week, but traveling around the Bay Area also highlighted for me the sameness of places in America. On the West Coast, I traded cypresses for oaks, cable cars for the subway, Peet's Coffee for Gorilla Coffee, the Golden Gate Bridge for the Brooklyn Bridge, and Golden Gate Park for Central Park. I saw what a single life could look like in a different place, and it made me glad to discover aspects of the city that emphasize how much the US (despite its size) is one united country.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scenes from Carmel






Carmel (technically and officially, Carmel-by-the-Sea) was one of my favorite towns in the Bay Area. It has a main street that leads to leafy paths and fountains, and to white sands that meet the Pacific Ocean. It has beautiful art on buildings and on benches, and in its famous art galleries. That alone made quite the impression on this East Coaster. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

California









From this past week in California. From a trip that took us up and down the Bay Area. Things to remember: the fog over San Francisco, palm trees everywhere, the boats resting on the water in Sausalito, San Francisco's distinct architecture, the West Coast's distinctive plants, CafĂ© Francisco, the Lone Cypress, the Pacific Ocean, the blue-green waters of California, and the sameness of cities (more on that in a future post.)

Friday, August 15, 2014

On the Sill




Roses! 

And with that, I'm off to California for a week! 

I can't wait!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

From This Week








8/7/14: Summer on the street.

8/9/14: Brooklyn looked beautiful today.

8/10/14: Afternoon: bright flowers. Evening: came for the sunset, but got something better.

8/11/14: Brooklyn's cheery corners.

8/13/14: Leaving work on time and hearing La Vie En Rose playing from the restaurant below my apartment.

Not pictured: How going home with a new book from the library feels like bringing home a treasure. How popcorn popping in the microwave sounds like a private firework show (with the volume turned down.) How exciting it is to have scheduled a reunion with our piano trio. How it's suddenly starting to look like fall outside.