Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Metropolitan Museum and Knickerbocker Hotel

What a painter, what energy, what verve - how very theatrical!

How the contemporary onlookers look so deadly dull.

A splendid Henry James afternoon in Venice. How the figures are disposed in light and dark.

Most of the visitors were between sixty and death

and fun to observe.


Nice to see lots of the paintings that are so famous gathered together in one place. I enjoyed this show more even than the over the top wonderful Chinese fashion one.

We had been waiting for The Knickerbocker Hotel to reopen on 42nd Street. Times Square is not really the part of New York I most enjoy  - tacky and touristy. However the hotel is wonderfully situated

to look down from the roof bar on the crowds below.

Then the bright lights come on

and the sun sets over New Jersey.

Indoors the bar is very chic and luxe.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Annual Robert Moses Beach Post

What celestial blues!

What a perfect day for the beach.

The water was ripply and delicious.

The life guards were suitably watchful.

The surfers were out

but the children had shallower bits to paddle in too.

Even the changing room was rather picturesque.

Again with more splendid blues, our friends Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes house in Morocco with their own tiles - and one of Robert's paintings in the dining room. In September's Elle Decor. See below.