Another day, another scintillating exploration of the Hudson Valley, this time to Manitoga, Russel Wright’s home and studio
built on the rock ledge of an old quarry. View of the Hudson from nearby Cold Spring. Reminds me of a Japanese
wood block print.Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of the 19...
you turn onto the Rue Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco, you hear many
different languages coming from the line of tourists waiting to enter the Jardin Majorelle. The famous garden
was started in 1923 when artist Jacques Majorelle bought
a four-acre plot of land on the border of a palm grove. Eventually Majore...
by Yi Huang
Recently, I had the chance to
travel to the Azores,
a volcanic island chain located roughly 1,600 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal. Far away from the streets of continental
Portugal, the Azores felt like a snapshot of a time long past - a simpler
life. Although known more for its lush
greenery and yearlong mi...
by Joe Carline
800 feet above the Gulf of Salerno in the town
of Furore, Italy, sits Serafina
Agriturismo, a stunning family run farm and Inn. Farmhouse Serafina began
as a working farm with a side business of catering to hungry trekkers looking for
lunch. It is now a full B&B and agricultural tourism destination.Once you find the...
With crisper, more fall-like weather upon us,
one starts to think of all the great fall activities to enjoy. A popular
activity that comes to mind are corn mazes. Mazes are an entertaining form of
recreation. They ultimately give us the same feeling we had from childhood
games-they bring about our curiosity and awa...
After the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, it is great to hear that the Florida Keys will officially reopen to
tourists on Sunday October 1st. While
some areas still need more time to recover, the Keys are reopening 3 weeks
earlier than expected. I was very lucky to have experienced the Keys earlier this year...
Total Eclipse Seeking in Missouri
This summer I journeyed to middle America, in the path of
the total eclipse of the sun. A
longtime family friend who spends part of her summer each year at her family
home in Windsor, Missouri invited us to join her for the occasion. Both small
town Missouri and the celestial event greatly exceeded my expectations. It w...
The New York Harbor
by Laura Smiros
Harbor is an amazing place. We all
know millions have traveled through this harbor with twelve million immigrants
coming to Ellis
Island alone. Today we travel over, under, play on, work on, and live off this
remarkable and serene harbor. A quiet Saturday morning on the harborIt
is a simple ob...
by Tyler Velten
As we pack our station wagons and stow the sunscreen, many Americans are heading to a forest for one final summer adventure. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that there are nearly 7.5 million second family homes in the U.S. Predictably, the highest concentration of these homes is situated in or ...
Catskills Escape and a Soiree on the Railway
The first weekend of August, my husband and I celebrated our
6th wedding anniversary (and 14 years!) by escaping to the Catskills
Soiree on the Railway put on by the charming And North collective. We made a
weekend of it, arriving at the Arts and Crafts style Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville, NY Friday
by Ross Padluck
July, the climatic conditions in Midtown equate to those of the jungles of
Borneo, and my 8-year old Nepenthes pitcher plant begins its dramatic
process of producing new pitchers.A new pitcher at the base of the plant.Newly
forming pitchers on the upper vines.Nepenthes are a species of tropical carnivorous plants
The New York Earth Room
In a highly desired 3,600 square foot Soho loft
with pristine white walls and large windows, lies 280,000 pounds of dirt. The
22-inch-high layer of dirt is 40 years old and is The
New York Earth Room, an interior earth
sculpture by American artist Walter De Maria. This is the third Earth
Room sculpture executed by...