When in Paris go to the Palais Galliera, it was recently restored. There is a superb exhibit of 60 creations from Azzedine Alaia. The dresses are gorgeous with cut close to the body to accentuate the curve of the back and the sexiness of the roundness of the bottom!
Then cross the street and go to the Palais de Tokyo to admire some 140 shoes made by Roger Vivier, an amazing display of bird-like shoes, a canopy of feathers, rustle of taffetas sails, a poetry and romance shoes and elegant pointed shoes and bottiness. Roger Vivier was more of a sculptor and inventor than a shoe creator. You could even fly to Christie’s China and bid on Diamond Dust Shoes by Andy Warhol.
From Robert Capon, priest and author of “The Supper of the Lamb”
Ode to an Onion excerpt:
“The onion is a thing, a being… savor that for a moment” it is “a bloom of vectors thrusting upward from the base to tip”
I recommend a visit to The New York Chinese Scholar s Garden in Staten Island a paradise of peacefulness!
I took the Megabus to New York then took the 1 train Subway to South Ferry then took the Ferry to Staten Island (the ferry is free!) A great voyage!
You can also visit the botanical gardens, the former cottages and building of retired sailors which was a community created by the will of a gentleman called Robert Richard Randall in 1833 called Sailors Snug Harbor.
At one point one of the governors of Snug Harbor was Thomas Melville whose older brother Herman Melville visited often “perhaps attracted by a local abundance of mentally unbalanced one legged sailors ” (David Owen from the New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2013/09/02/130902ta_talk_owen). There are no more sailors now.
You want to visit New York City but can’t afford it? You are going to go anyway.
Drive from Philly to Ocean Grove. Stay at Albatross B&B for very little. Bill the owner is super nice. Eat at Sea Grass, bring your own wine. The next day take the Academy bus to New York City, enjoy a play, friends, museums etc. Come back by bus to Ocean Grove. Next day you are having coffee facing the sea!