New York City

Central Park

Bel Ami Café

Somewhere near Madison Avenue

6th Avenue

The Viceroy Hotel

57th Street

The Viceroy Hotel

I felt the same way about Manhattan this trip as I did about my Wednesday morning visit to the Met: I only saw the tiniest piece of it. Our hotel was just a block south of Central Park, and my boundaries for exploration turned out to be 25 blocks north to the palatial museum at 82nd, and as far east as Madison Avenue. A small, narrow pocket, to be sure, but more than enough this time. I had breakfast both mornings at a sweet French café, and spent two and a half hours wandering the 19th & Early 20th Century European Paintings wing in daze, wholly overwhelmed by the volume and quality of the art. My visit was punctuated with an unfortunate phone call from my credit card company, alerting me to fraudulent activity totaling nearly $5k (!!!), news that warranted a last minute dash to the American Wing to track down a Severin Roesen still life just to calm my nerves; art therapy in its most basic form.

My darling friend Lyndsey was in town for work, and we were able to meet for lunch and shopping along Madison Avenue before she had to hop in a cab, leaving me unattended at Ladurée (always a dangerous endeavor). Jamal and I had drinks at our hotel’s rooftop bar before dinner and a late night show at an underground jazz club. I stuck to my plan of eating macarons for breakfast but, because that alone wasn’t indulgent enough, did so in a plush hotel bathrobe in the even plusher hotel bed. Not bad for a Thursday.

Next week: photos from The Met and, of course, Ladurée.

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March 13, 2015 / art / photo / Travel / LEAVE A COMMENT / 20

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  • Your photos always make me want to travel to the places you visited. You have such a wonderful eye. And the colours. And the light. And the composition. *sigh* I can’t wait to see the Ladurée photos (I don’t know why, but I’m sure you were inspired in there!). I’m glad you had a lovely time and I’m sorry about those fraudulent bank activity troubles. I hope it got sorted out.

    • Oooh, thank you Charlotte! That’s so kind! If you’ve never been to New York, you absolutely must go. And Philadelphia is only two hours away! :) I’m obviously partial to Philly, but New York is always a fun time. And yes, the credit card issue was sorted out very quickly! Thankfully I have fraud protection which means I’m not liable for any of those charges, thank god. xo

  • i can’t stop scrolling back up to that topmost picture and just gawking at it. the blues are absolutely striking. the image totally projects the awe-inspiring grandeur of new york city and its sweeping skyline. magnificent!

    • Thank you, darling! It was funny, I had a very “small” New York experience this time, sticking to the quiet, leafy Upper East Side where you could easily pretend you’re in any regular city, and then we cut through Central Park coming back from breakfast on our second morning and suddenly it was very distinctly “NYC” with that view. :) xo

  • Quelle chance de faire une petite escapade dans cette superbe ville qu’est New York !
    Le temps avait l’air propice pour la balade, l’hôtel bien situé et très agréable. Une belle excursion …malgré les ennuis de fraude à la carte bancaire qui je l’espère se sont vite réglés.
    Un musée que j’aime particulièrement à New York, c’est Frick Collection, juste sublime.
    Je suis impatiente de voir la suite le MET et bien sûr notre bien français Ladurée.

    • Merci, Véronique! Oui, un petite vacances a New York, c’etait necessaire! De temps en temps, on doit quitter nos travails juste pour deux ou trois jours, et dormir très retard dans les matins! Et manger beaucoup des macarons, aussi ;)
      Et oui, les ennuis de fraude à la carte bancaire se sont vite réglés, heureusement!! C’etait un cauchemar. xoxo

  • these pictures of NY are absolutely beautiful. and i always love your looking out the window shots.

    though that is awful about the bank fraud! hopefully it’s straightened out straight away. xoxo

    • Thank you, twinsy. You know, it wasn’t until you pointed it out that I realized, “Hey, I really do have a thing for window shots!” Ha!

      It was all cleared up super quickly, thankfully. Chase has amazing customer service and I have fraud protection, so they wiped all the charges away immediately and cancelled my card. I had so much anxiety-sweat though! xo

  • Wow, these photos are absolutely stunning! You captured NYC so beautifully!

    • Thank you, Valerie! Coming from someone whose photography I find so inspiring, that means so much! xo

  • Tes photos sont toujours si belles ! Comment tu fais pour trouver toujours une petit morceau de France même à New York?! A travers de tes photos je vois une autre NY, un ville beaucoup plus chic, lumineuse et grandiose ! xx

    • Aw, merci ma chérie! Je cherche et trouver un peu de France partout! :) C’est ma vie, tu sais. J’aime bien New York, mais les petites rues, et les quartiers calmes, ça c’est le New York que j’aime. xo

  • beautiful, beautiful pictures. lucky you. NY is such a great city :)

    • Thanks, doll! I enjoy it in small doses, and am always happy to come back to Philly :) xo

  • you have such an eye for photographing cities <3 the french cafe, roof top bar, and underground jazz club all sounds just lovely. what a great little trip.

    • Oh, lovely girl, thank you so much! It was a wonderful little getaway, for sure. xo

  • Oh the Met – my favourite! It looks like you had a wonderful time

    • I did! Thanks girl. I have photos from the Met scheduled for Thursday! xo

  • You sure are a stunning photograper … even when Paris is not the motive!

    • Oh my gosh, thank you so much! That is an incredible compliment. I’m blushing! xoxo