After a beautiful early walk on the beach, Lou, Rory and I spent the balance of the morning exploring Montauk.
This guy — who we think is Chief Montauk himself — guards the southwest corner of a downtown apartment complex…but he didn’t seem to mind our posing.
Well, I was posing. (Rory appears a bit distracted.)
Several of the shops were closed for the season, but we did do some extremely low-key Black Friday shopping.
No pushing. No shoving. No injuries.
Then we spent the afternoon in East Hampton, about 15 minutes ‘up island.’
(That means west.)
Rowdy Hall was packed when we arrived, so we chatted up two locals at the bar and got all kinds of tips on other restaurants to try during our stay.
After a great lunch, we headed to the movie theatre down the street and saw Philomena starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. Since I am on vacation, I will keep my review short and sweet:
Heartfelt. Brilliant. A must see!
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Tagged apartment complex, bar, beach, Black Friday shopping, Chief Montauk, closed for the season, East Hampton, Humor, Judi Dench, life, locals, Montauk, Movies, must-see, Philomena movie, restaurants, reviews, Rowdy Hall, shopping, Steve Coogan, tiki, Travel, up island, vacation
Oh, Austenland — I wanted to love you.
You had it all.
A costume drama dressed up as romcom. Subject matter I enjoy ever so much. And a cast with the chops to make movie magic. So what went wrong?
I blame the director.
The premise was great fun — a Jane Austen addict on a total immersion vacation — and it’s not like everything missed the mark. But some of the actors were doing slapstick and others were letting the humor happen more naturally.
And in the same scenes, that difference was rather jarring.
I did develop a crush or two — on JJ Feild, who portrayed Mr. Henry Nobely (right), and Bret McKenzie as the estate worker Martin (and who you may recognize from Flight of the Conchords).
So, while the movie did not win my heart like a Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice, the men did.
Time well spent.
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Tagged Movies, reviews, books, celebrities, entertainment, Humor, actors, vacation, movie director, movie premise, commentary, costume drama, movie cast, romantic comedy, rom com, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, Austenland movie, subject matter, movie magic, total immersion, slapstick comedy, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Flight of the Conchords, Sense and Sensibility, time well spent, a weekend in the country
I don’t know if it is my age or location, but I love my sunglasses bigger and bigger these days.
They do cover a multitude of sins.
But these shades by designer Jaesyn Burke are simply sinful!
I’m not completely sure I could see out of them, but really –
Posted in Design, Fashion, Humor, Life, Summer, Vacation
Tagged bling, commentary, design, designer, Fashion, Humor, Jaesyn Burke, life, shades, summer, sunglasses, vacation
Can two months have already passed since my trip to Venice?
It seems like an eternity, yet it seems like yesterday.
But recent images of the city — St. Mark’s Square flooded, stores underwater, tourists forced to carry their luggage, even their children upon their head — are so foreign to me.
This was not the Venice that I know.
My Venice was surrounded by water, not menaced by it. The canals did not encroach on businesses, homes or priceless works of art and history. They were romantic — liquid atmosphere.
Today’s Venice looks swallowed up. It creeps me out instead of inviting me in. I hear the clock ticking, the boat that houses their city sinking.
I couldn’t just sit there and pass the day.
Man the lifeboats!
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Tagged add water, art, boat, canals, commentary, flood waters, flooded Venice, history, Humor, Italy, life, man the lifeboats, photography, sinking, St. Mark's Square, Travel, vacation, Venice
If you play, ya gotta pay.
I must owe a lot.
I just spent a week in Italy; it was incredible. I returned on Sunday, but had to turn around and go to Boston on Monday for a quick work trip.
It really hurt.
We’re talking, everything hurt. My sleep cycle was still wonky. The drive up and back that day was delayed by weather and traffic. The class I taught went well, I think, but it sucked every last ounce of energy from my body.
Which made everything hurt more.
Luckily, there’s a manual:
I haven’t read it. I don’t even know what it’s about. But with that title?
Or I may still be so tired that it just seems inspired.
Yeah, that could be it.
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Tagged books, delayed traffic, everything hurts, Health, Humor, if you play ya gotta pay, Italy, life, sleep cycle, Travel, vacation, work trip
Today I made the long flight home.
But those 9 hours, 15 minutes actually went by pretty fast.
It helped that the Jeff Daniels look-a-like seated next to me was just the right kind of friendly without talking too much. And lunch was served right after take-off.
Then they showed The Avengers.
Then I fell asleep.
When I awoke, I read the book I bought in the Milan Malpensa Airport. Then I fell asleep again.
Afterwards I watched some TV, courtesy of NBC Universal. Then read my book again. Then watched Captain America.
I know I fell asleep during that showing, because it seemed really short.
Then it was time for the pre-landing snack….and this beautiful sight.
I loved my week in Italy, but it couldn’t top returning home to NYC and my doggie.
So happy to be back!
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Tagged airplanes, Captain America movie, Dogs, Italy, Jeff Daniels, Milan, Movies, NBC Universal, New York City, The Avengers movie, Travel, vacation
What’s that below, you ask?
On the final day of my trip to Italy, we took a tram to a point high overhead Lake Como…then hiked up a steep incline for another 30 minutes to a lighthouse overlook.
In retrospect, perhaps not the best day to wear flip flops.
Como is as picturesque as you might imagine. It’s not lined with museums or historical points of interest like some of the cities that we visited this week. But if you want to enjoy the sun, the water, a round of golf or tennis — simply relax –
It is perfection.
And then there is the George Clooney factor. Tragically, I was only in Como for a few hours, so I wasn’t lucky enough to see the city’s other major attraction.
Darn. I’m gonna need to go back.
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Tagged Como, flip flops, George Clooney, high note, hiking, historical points of interest, Humor, Italy, Lake Como, lighthouse, museums, photography, steep incline, tram, Travel, vacation
We have encountered a lot of history and beauty during our week in Italy, and our day in Vicenza was no exception. But today I chose to focus on the beauty.
No museums for me.
The weather was just so nice — blue skies and warm temperatures after a few days of clouds, drizzle and chill.
So I hit the streets of this lovely, upscale village and shopped.
It’s the place to do it.
The only thing that hampered my trip was the shop merchants’ habit of closing down for 2-3 hours in the afternoon. I found myself most interested in items that were behind locked doors, but with no signs to indicate when the owner would return…I left with the money still in my pocket.
For instance, I really wanted to look at these leather wallets and tablet covers…but the shop owner was nowhere to be found.
I’ll show him. I know how to buy things on the Internet.
Still, it is a lovely village filled with nice people.
And as I walked the flagged boulevard toward the train station, I left with warm memories…
…and tired, aching feet.
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Tagged all that glitters, beautfy, blue skies, closed shops, history, Humor, Italy, leather tablet cover, leather wallet, life, money in my pocket, museums, online shopping, photography, shop owner, shopping, tired feet, Travel, vacation, Vicenza, village, walking, warm temperatures, weather
I loved Venice.
Loved, loved, loved it.
The guide books had prepared me for the city that couldn’t possibly live up to all the hype. The great disappointment. The giant wet thud.
They couldn’t have been more wrong.
Here is just a taste of the jaw-dropping wonderfulness that was my day in the city of canals, Venice.
Riding the water taxi to Venice
Wondering what a water taxi looks like? That’s what.
We weren’t the only ones on the water.
Getting ready to take the elevator in the Campanile (bell tower) to get a bird’s eye view of St. Mark’s Square
St. Mark’s Square
We also toured St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge Palace, which were simply spectacular but did not allow photography. I encourage you to Google them to get a sneak peek.
It’s not the same as being there, of course. That was out of this world.
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Tagged bell lower, bird's eye view, Campanile, Doge Palace, elevator, Grand Canal Tour, guide book, Italy, life, photography, St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Square, Travel, vacation, Venice, water taxi
I didn’t know it at the time, but when I used to think about Italy, the city that I saw in my head…
This is a shot of that gorgeous Italian city from the viewing station on the Mole Antonelliana tower atop the National Museum of Cinema.
Everything about Turin charmed me — the piazzas, the churches, the architecture.
I’m so happy we added this stop to our trip at the very last minute!
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Tagged church, city with a view, Italy, life, Mole Antonelliana, National Museum of Cinema, photography, piazza, Travel, Turin, vacation