Sometimes when I sit down to write this blog, I know exactly which story I’d like to share with you. Other times, like today, it’s been such a busy weekend I can’t remember where I’ve been or what I’ve done and I need to review my photos in order to choose a story.
Except that sometimes, like today, my food photos don’t tell much of a story worth sharing. It’s been another busy weekend, and I’ve done virtually no cooking, so there’s no recipe to share. Louisa hosted the first of several Halloween parties for her group of theatre friends on Friday (those theatre kids love their dress-up), so it was pizza for all. And cake. And more cake. And cookies. And cupcakes. I can’t think of the last time there was so many baked goods in this house when it wasn’t the holiday season. But the photos I took of my Halloween cupcakes, and my topiary cookies aren’t that good. You just wouldn’t appreciate all the work that went into them.
We went out for ribs for one meal. They were pretty good, especially the cheesy corn side dish, but the photo was not worth sharing. We went into Manhattan yesterday for a birthday party for Joe’s sister (if we keep up with this rate of New York visits we may need to rent a place in the city!), and we had brunch. Again, the pictures weren’t worth sharing. Well, except for maybe the very spicy Bloody Mary you see above. Do you like Bloody Marys? A good one is a thing of beauty.
Since I didn’t have any good food pictures, or recipes, or even Zentangles to share today, I thought I’d share a few of the sights I captured in our day in the city. Here are a few sights that made me smile, and I hope will make you smile too.
After brunch, we all boarded the ferry to go to Ellis Island. Native New Yorkers just don’t do these things, unless it’s part of a school trip. In fact, I’ve never even been to the Statue of Liberty. But riding by on the ferry we spent some quality time in her presence. I was impressed and overwhelmed by her standing there in New York harbor. Such a lovely, graceful, welcoming lady. And such a beautiful day for passing by her presence. Here she is coming:
And here she is after the ferry dropped off the visitors to this island:
Love. So much more love in person than in the photo. I don’t think that stopping off and climbing to her crown would have inspired the kind of awe I felt while sailing by her in the harbor.
At Ellis Island, beside the amazing amount of historical information, and possible find of one of my grandparents in the registries, there were a few architectural details I noted.
There was the giant eagle on the outside of the building:
There was also this face on the side of the building:
I’m not sure who this is, or why he/she has those giant ears… it wasn’t part of the tour guide presentation.
And then there was this lovely ceiling in the room where the immigrants were processed. I’m sure this is a tangle pattern, I just don’t know the name. And, if not, it would certainly be fun to deconstruct.
For my final image from this trip, I leave you with this jokester lion I saw on the street as we were walking from brunch to the ferry. He looks much happier than a chained lion in a silly suit should be. Perhaps he was enjoying the scenery of gawking, photo taking tourists.