new york, new york ...

summer in new york city


is a tourist mecca


people come from all over


looking for love


filled with hope



enjoying the art


on the street


or in the museums


no matter 
who you are
there's something to enjoy


walking the dogs


two dogs
big and small
meandering
up 
broadway

crossing against the light
see the owner
look
left (and right)

fridaycation 8


this is a photo 
from
 last weeks 
visit to the japanese garden

its so 
ovely
peaceful
reflective

seems 
like the perfect antidote
 to this weeks politics

hooray its friday

how i spent my time away - finale


we drove from midway to frankfort
(that photo is actually taken in georgetown on our way back to cincinnati)

somehow we turned the wrong way on rte 32
it was a lovely afternoon
the sun was shining
the road was 2 lanes in either direction
it was bucolic 

as we drove and drove and drove
the road got narrower more twisty more deserted
at one point i wondered aloud why build a road that seems to go nowhere
mary drove cautiously some of the curves so tight we feared a local might come barreling in the opposite direction
we both wondered at the same time if we had enough gas
i laughed about how saving the texas donut since morning was a good thing
just as we thought we heard the theme from deliverance we saw behind a dish truck
yes!
mary waved
he pulled over 
a brief conversation


we were directed 
not along the road you see below 



but
 in the other direction

after a few miles 
we both
 spotted 
high above the trees
 a gas station sign

civilization 
we cried simultaneously



for us 
santa fe's paseo was referred
 to
 as
 paseo paseo aka the vortex

now we'll always have 
josephine road

we did finally make it to frankfort


its the capital of kentucky
where there is one
little street that serves as a sort of touristy spot
it was however deserted
no one around
no one in the restaurants
no shops open



alas we missed the et screening




but the ghost signs are charming


american flags plentiful


our list of things to see 
included
 the old capital building 





the governors mansion

and 

a short ride out of town 
 frankfort cemetery


daniel and rebecca boone 
are buried


overlooking 
the kentucky river 


that's the 'new' capital building
 peeking through the trees


it was a really fun day
i dont know why but i love getting lost
especially with mary

~ postscript ~

 as 
we drove on and on and on 
along josephine road
 there were some cows sleeping 
i wished 
we could stop
 but 
as i said
 the road was narrow 

to make it up to me
 on the way back



  mary and i attempted to find a sign
 i had spotted 
when we first approached georgetown

well believe it or not
 after at least 4 trips up/down the main road 
we couldn't find it 

so mary circled back 
to let me get this shot


a fitting way to end this travelog







how i spent my time away, part 3

we did a lot on saturday 
so
 i am going
 to
 divide it
 into
 two posts
 trust me
 its better that way


we left cincinnati around 9 am 
plan was 
to go 
to
 frankfort
 (the capital of kentucky) 
wander a bit
 have lunch
 then 
stop in midway on the way back

we drove for a while 
 mary wasnt sure we hadn't made a wrong turn
 we hadn't 
but we stopped 
we popped
 into
thats a texas donut 
i could have eaten it all
 i am that much of an oinker
 but
 i only ate that small piece
mary had a piece as well
 then 
i closed the box 
took it with us

we decided to make a short
detour to
georgetown



(hey, its wednesday so of course there's a water tower or two)






it was charming

heading toward the highway
mary saw a sign for a japanese garden
yuko-en on the elkhorn

who could resist


that damsel fly
 was kind enough
 to stay put for
 a close up


there are a lot of these stone walls in kentucky
they are similar to those found in connecticut 
except
the kentucky walls 
top row of stones
stand
upright


we changed our plans a bit
heading to midway 
which as you can tell from its name 
is mid way between two places/cities
frankfort and lexington
it was also for us on the way to or from frankfort



i dont know if you recall the movie
five easy pieces
or
 the scene in which
 jack nicholson's character
 tries to order a sandwich

 i did

we lunched at the heirloom restaurant 

see that fried green tomato melt
i wanted that
without 
the pimento cheese

our waiter was a bit annoyed
he kept telling me
 it was a
grilled cheese sandwich 
it needed the cheese

i suggested 
he simply have it become a bacon tomato sandwich
he had trouble wrapping his mind around that
he offered to use different cheese
i politely declined
eventually 
he decided it was possible to accommodate me



after lunch 
which was tasty
 and
 pimento cheese-less
we walked along midway's one street







that old train car
 sits across the road
 from
the water tower



which seems a fitting way to end this segment












how i spent my time away, part 2


yes
we made it to the cincinnati art museum
(this photo was actually taken on our way out after a brief downpour)

we went to see
 the cat exhibition
 on loan from the brooklyn museum

there was also a carl solway exhibition
 mr solway is a gallery owner of renown in cincinnati
amazingly
mr solway was there
 along 
with his wife
 who shared some insights
sorry to say
 i didnt take any photos of the art in that exhibit
or
 in the american artist exhibition
we also took in

but i did 
take this
it was one of my favorites




then there were these punny signs





earlier
we had lunch with my friend beth
she went with us to the museum too


after the rain stopped
we drove to alms park 
checked out the view



on the way home 
the server
 at the 
kidd coffee & wine bar
 was on theme


mary and i 
both 
like driving through random neighborhoods
looking at houses
we did that on the way home
before we
stopped for thai 'take away'
(in nyc we call it take out)

spending the rest of the evening relaxing