Before my annual pilgrimage… pun intended… to New England for the Thanksgiving holiday, I made a stop in frenetic Manhattan and on a peaceful farm in upstate New York near the town of Coxsackie. Take a brief trip with me, first eating my way through Manhattan like a culinary King Kong, then down of the farm hanging out with some gorgeous animals.
Chelsea, New York City
First stop: Billy’s Cupcakes
I ONLY had two… dinner was 4 hours off
Walking the High Line… and urban garden built on an old elevated railway trestle.
Good setting for West Side Story
Unique view of the Empire State Building
View from the High Line
Scary sculpture on the High line
Another interesting sculpture on the High line; if only it would play Quentin’s Theme from the old TV show “Dark Shadows”
The stunning Chrysler Building
Christmas comes to the West Village
Dinner in the Village
Roasted Vegetables and bread
Pasta with calamari and shrimp
The most AMAZING ricotta cheesecake
The “Friends” Building setting in the Village
The World Trade Tower from 7th Avenue
The World Trade Tower
Christmas cheer along 6th Avenue
The walls at Doughnut Plant, Chelsea
Bet you can’t pick just one doughnut…
I had to pich FOUR: blood orange, chocolate blackout, wild blueberry, and cranberry-orange. Breakfast of the insane!
Two and a half hours north of the Big Apple (or is it the Big Doughnut?)…and just south of Albany lies Lime Kiln Farm… check it out if you are anywhere in the area!
My friend Brent, the heartbeat of Lime Kiln Farm in Coxsackie, NY
Lime Kiln Farmhouse
Now THAT is a regal cow!
Pigs with personality
She was quite a conversationalist
The happiest and best cared for animals you’ll ever see!
Brent’s cat… they always know when they have found an allergic visitor…
and he stalked me all around the farmhouse… maybe because we are kindred gingers!
I’ve always loved fall in those places where there’s a definite change in the seasons, and there’s probably no better place to be than New England at that time of year. The cool, but sunny days and chilly nights, the explosion of a palette of colors that have always been my favorite hues, the reflections of what’s happening above that can be found in any still body of water, and the heady smell of wood fires, damp leaves, and hot cider donuts… These are the things that make me return to New England every October with the determination of a salmon swimming upstream to return home!
Before Winter sets in, let’s take a last, fond look at the Autumn. All of the photos below were taken in New England, mostly Massachusetts and Hew Hampshire.
Go to the photo gallery…
Venice… In my opinion, the most beautiful city in the world.
I first visited Venice back in 1999 and that first time started a love affair with what has become my favorite city in the world. Come with me for a tour of “La Serenissima” (the most serene one) and you’ll see why I love it so much.
Summer turns to fall…September and October 2016
Because I was on sabbatical from my university during Fall semester, I decided to go “home” to New England for a few weeks to enjoy the gradual arrival of autumn. I stayed in a rented property at Fogland Beach in Tiverton, RI and from this beautiful home base, wandered all of New England trying to capture it all in photos.
Take me to the gallery!
My first cross country drive was in summer of 1976 at the ripe old age of 18, and since then I’ve actually lost count of how many times I’ve driven coast to coast, but I do know that it is over 40. One of those trips actually took me from San Francisco to Texas to Virginia to Massachusetts to Alaska and back down to California… a mere 10,000 miles. Many people can’t understand why a sane person would opt to drive for 6 or 7 days rather than taking a 6 hour plane flight, but these pictures may give you a glimpse of why I crave the open roads. Here’s a compilation of photos I’ve taken along the way.
Let’s hit the road!