On Saturday, I landed in Madrid and spent the weekend admiring artistic masterpieces, sampling tapas, and immersing myself in Spanish culture. We begin the swing through Andalusia this morning, stopping in Córdoba, Sevilla, and Granada until we reach the Costa del Sol.
R. and I off this morning to Maui (Hurricane Lester permitting!) to celebrate his 30th birthday. We don’t have much scheduled – we plan to drive the Road to Hana, but mostly we want to enjoy the resorts where we’re staying. I hope you have an equally relaxing and enjoyable Labor Day break!
I’m extending some R&R into my Monday. On Friday, R. and I flew down to San Diego to spend a long weekend with friends from college. We had a great time catching up, eating all of the fish tacos we could find, and exploring San Diego. A full recap is forthcoming, but until then, I hope your week is off to a great start!
I’m fresh off my final trip to New York City (for the month of July of least!). I’m a big believer in maximizing my business travel and taking advantage of the sights and eateries of whatever city I’m in. That’s especially easy in a place like New York City, where restaurants are open until the wee hours and museums routinely offer “late” nights. Here’s a couple of highlights from spending summer in New York City.
My office is in Chelsea, making lunches and dinners in Madison Square Parka necessity. I’ve always been a big fan of Shake Shack and given that it hasn’t branched out to the West Coast yet, I often find myself grabbing a meal here any time I’m in NYC. Hot tip: get the chick’n shack and a summer shandy (1/2 beer + 1/2 lemonade).
This past week I had to stay through Saturday so I took advantage of the late hours at the Met on Friday evening. I spent the majority of my visit in the Costume Institute’s Manus x Machina exhibit. The exhibit was juxtaposed handmade and machine-made items, with pieces that were on the runway quite recently to pieces from the late 1800s. I think my favorite piece were from a Dior collection just a couple of years ago that featured beautiful pleated skirts with grosgrain ribbon details – the video that illustrated the process for creating these pieces was mesmerizing!
I also made it a point to get up early one morning to enjoy wandering around Chelsea and the West Village. Each townhome compliments its neighbor, but also has its own unique character. I love stopping to admire the iron-wrought railings, brass door knockers, and flower boxes.