Saturday, March 28, 2015
I snapped this photo on our second day in Wales. Our family was there on a work-related trip, exploring the history surrounding key hotels in order to develop heritage-based programming for each of those hotels. Visiting castles and ruins was a big part of our days in the beautiful Wye Valley.
On the afternoon this photo was taken, Brandon and I had already passed a crumbling wall that dated back to the Roman era, roamed the interior of glorious Chepstow Castle, a Norman masterpiece in stone built in 1081, walked along part of the Wye River in an area of the world that has been inhabited since 5000 B.C./B.C.E., had lunch in a 300-year-old pub and would soon be resting in the shade near a stone wall, reading aloud from a book of old Welsh ghost stories we'd picked up from a roadside seller.
What a day that was - full of good fun and non-stop exploration that my son often charged ahead of with a little wooden sword from a gift shop.
There were many more beautiful moments for us on that trip - walks in landscapes that seemed like paintings come to life, sunsets with Welsh wine as cool and crisp as the surroundings - but none stand out more than this moment.
I'll always remember Wales through the wonder in my son's eyes.
Curious to see more of Wales? Three top resources:
The Official Gateway to Wales
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Decades of Design - Courtesy of DesignPhiladelphia
American Street Showrooom - by Stu Goldenberg Photography
DesignPhiladelphia Kick-off - by Bryce Gibson
Copper Masterpieces, Copper Sheets, Beth Kreps & 'Baby' - Maria Gorshin
Studio Interiors, Workshop and Masons Table - Beth Kreps/Coppersense
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
A team of men gathered there on a costumed good-will mission.
Their mode of transportation - customized motorcycles.
Their destination - Manayunk, Pennsylvania where they would soon meet with hundreds of other dapper gentlemen for a fundraising ride to New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Globally, hundreds of thousands of riders met at the same time, for the same purpose - to raise funds for a cure for prostate cancer. There were 258 rides in 57 countries taking place that day.
Team Haddonfield rode loud and proud.
At the designated meeting location, Manayunk Triumph, they shouted their hellos.
They met indoors to agree on the rules of the road.
Outside they waited in style for the official start of the ride.
Then they were off. It was kickstands up for a day that made a difference.
Think you might enjoy taking part in the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride next year? It's almost certain you'll find one near you no matter where you plan to be. Check the DGR web site for a ride near you or join our team in South New Jersey. Meanwhile, visit us at Gorshin Trading Post and Supplies on Facebook for local updates and more event photos plus a quick video of what it looked like when Team Haddonfield officially hit the road with hundreds of other dapper dudes!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Bumping headlong into America's Next Top Model's Nigel Barker wasn't a bad way to begin a mini-tour of New York City in the middle of a rain storm. The family that had invited me to guide them on a Manhattan walk that morning smiled through layers of much-needed rain gear - despite the weather we were off to a great start!
In a short time we covered plenty of territory - we toured The Jane's landmark interiors, walked the High Line where we paused to watch a class led by The Taoist Tai Chi Society, snacked our way through Chelsea Market and walked west toward Madison Square Garden to catch the IRT Uptown Local.
Once uptown we gazed out at a misty Columbus Circle view from The Time Warner Center's balcony - a panorama familiar to Anderson Cooper 360 fans.
We browsed The Museum of Arts and Design's treasure-filled gift shop.
We rode the museum's elevator - catching glimpses of exhibits on each floor - to Robert, the restaurant with penthouse-level views of the Upper West Side. There we caught sight of yellow taxis and red brake lights streaming north along a stretch of Broadway. Gray skies made Central Park's tree canopy appear to glow neon to the east.
Next we walked Central Park South, passing the U.N. dignitaries, secret service agents and black SUVs with diplomatic plates that paused in front of each hotel . A man in foreign military garb adorned with medals, stripes and gold braid stood momentarily carefree in the light rain. He rested his open umbrella on one sturdy shoulder, twirling it. Another man hurried across our path under a transparent 1970s-style bubble umbrella. His two French Bull Dogs lead the way. Each pet wore a polka-dot raincoat.
It was a typical midweek Manhattan morning - eye candy in every color and flavor everywhere you looked. My friends have spent many days in New York. I've spent many years. It didn't matter - we were both loving the flow and buzz of the city in the same way. The thrill of New York never fades.
By the time we'd reached our destination - a relative's beautiful office at the General Motors building - we'd enjoyed two hours of non-stop activity and were ready to rest and enjoy a good visit. What we found was yet another thrilling moment. There's nothing better than a New York-style surprise!
It was this - a birds-eye view of some of the most iconic hotels in Manhattan - The Plaza, The Pierre and The Sherry Netherland.
I'd always imagined that the top floor of the Sherry Netherland housed a grand apartment, maybe one with a ballroom and an enormous fireplace. Instead I discovered that below the building's looming spire stands a more humble New York classic - a wooden water tower.
Only a few stories below the Sherry Netherland's water tower and line of gargoyles we noticed a wrap-around balcony. It surrounds a seven-bedroom apartment that can be yours for $95 million! You can browse all of the apartments that are currently available for sale in the building here.
We started the day with a surprise - a television star - and a stop inside a beautiful boutique hotel. We ended the day surrounded by architectural celebrities - gorgeous hunks of New York masonry - and an epic view of the city's hotel super stars. It was the highlight of the day - one we'll never forget.
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Monday, September 1, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
It's Always Samba in Philadelphia
If you endured winter in the Northeast last year - the worst on record - you may be feeling a little anxious about saying goodbye to the long days of summer.
How will you get through this next round of cold weather? I survived last winter's storms by setting each day to music: the more snow fell, the more samba and bossa nova I listened to - at home, in my car and in my iPhone earbuds everywhere I went.
Outside it looked like Siberia but inside I had Bahia, Ipanema, Rio and it was beautiful.
Rumor has it that our upcoming winter will be just as long and harsh as the last. That’s why I’m already gearing up for the cooler months ahead with more than just playlists of sunny music. I’m adding every samba-related event in Philadelphia to my calendar.
Afterall, the only thing more fun than listening to Brazilian music is moving to it surrounded by people who love it too.
Joy in Movement
Each one is a prescription for bad weather blahs – good medicine in the form of music, drumming and dancing that you can get your fill of all across Philadelphia now through next summer. I created the list after spending too many weekends traveling to New York City to catch Brazilian nights at SOB’s and samba parties at DROM. It took me a little while but I finally realized there must be some samba in Philadelphia.
It turns out the sounds of Brazil are everywhere in this city.
Each class welcomes men and women of all ages and skill levels.
In their own words, “PhillyBloco is a 23-piece ensemble of Brazilian, Samba, Funk, Reggae & other up-tempo music influences from around the world – it’s Philadelphia’s only Brazilian funk orchestra!” Even if you are someone who says, “I don’t like to dance, I just enjoy the music,” get ready – this group will get your seat out of a chair and your back off any wall even as it lifts your spirits.
New students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels are always welcome.
One of the greatest things about Brazilian music is its inclusive nature – while commercial music keeps fans at a distance as passive spectators and consumers, the music of Brazil welcomes music lovers - inviting everyone to add to the joy by participating.
Capoeira combines music, dance, playing instruments, acrobatics, games and spiritual practice. Exploring capoeira you discover that every aspect of Brazilian culture is as much about feeling (sentimento) as it is about movement.
Do you know of additional ways to enjoy the music and moves of Brazil in this city? If so, please share them with me in the comments below or via Twitter @CityGirlWrites
Sunday, August 17, 2014
|Capoeira at Sunrise by Silvia Nikolova|