NYC | Take a Ride on the Second Ave Line

72nd Street Station Mom and Stroller
Vik Muniz Complete Strangers

What continues to amaze me after all these years of visiting New York City, is its continual evolution. Over two millennia ago, Heraclitus observed that “the only thing constant is change.”  That could serve as the city’s motto.  Not all change is good — I am not a fan of the so-called “finger” buildings — but there are many causes for celebration including the long-awaited opening of the Second Avenue subway.   Continue reading “NYC | Take a Ride on the Second Ave Line”

Marfa, Texas | Modern Art Mecca

Marfa’s mantra could be reduce, creative reuse and repurpose.  There is a minimal amount of new construction, which is especially notable given the influx of arts and tourism related projects. This adds tremendously to the town’s allure (see Marvelous Marfa|Texas ) in addition to being more responsive and responsible from a development and environmental standpoint.Chinati Foundation Panorama-2The main Chinati Foundation campus is located on the 340 acre grounds of the former Fort D. A. Russell and is the best place to start any art-focused visit to Marfa.   Continue reading “Marfa, Texas | Modern Art Mecca”

Marvelous Marfa|Texas

Holiday InnMiles from nowhere, Marfa, Texas, was barely a speck on the map when the artist  Donald Judd  first rented a house there in 1971.  A three hour drive from the nearest airport, it sits at the intersection of US 90 and 67 on a great highland plain, at an altitude of almost 5000 feet. This post focuses on everything not Judd and/or Chinati related, which will be covered in the next installment. When you schedule your visit, be sure to allow time to wander around the streets of Marfa and soak up the atmosphere.

Fun Fact:  the town’s name comes from a character in Fyoder Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.  Continue reading “Marvelous Marfa|Texas”

UAE | Abu Dhabi Do!

Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi is an easy day trip from Dubai if you cannot spend a night or two in the emirate. There are fabulous hotels and plenty to do if time permits. We opted not to change hotels and avoid packing, unpacking, repacking…so left Dubai at 9:30 a.m. and arrived at the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in a little over an hour.  Continue reading “UAE | Abu Dhabi Do!”

Oman | Heading for the Hills part II

Jebel Akhdar and surrounding area

I love mountains. When I am not traveling, I spend my time surrounded by and exploring the Tetons. My first exposure to the Al Hajar mountains blew my mind (Oman | Heading for the Hills part I) but I had no idea what still lay in store. Continue reading “Oman | Heading for the Hills part II”

Oman | Great Day Trips from Muscat

Oman merits at least a week of your vacation time. However, that is not always possible. Even a visit of a few days provides opportunities to explore some of the historical villages and forts within an easy drive of Muscat. For the most part, the main roads are excellent and marked in Arabic and English. If you only have one day, then I would recommend Nizwa, Bahla and Jabrin. If possible, include a visit  to the lovely hillside town of Misfah. Continue reading “Oman | Great Day Trips from Muscat”