One of the places I loved to grocery shop at in New York, was the Fairway supermarkets.
Back in 2002, when I spent 3 months in Manhattan, even though I lived on 40th St & 8th Ave, I went all the way to the Upper West Side (Broadway and 74th St) to shop at Fairway. The supermarket eventually opened other stores in and outside New York (New York State and New Jersey – lucky you!).
It is a Gourmet Grocery chain (for those who know Paris, something that more or less resembles La Grande Epicerie de Paris) so most everything is more expensive than elsewhere, but you find very original products too, including French products. Everything is top quality and fresh.
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I know today is Halloween – and so I wish all of you a Happily Scary Halloween! – but I am not really in the mood for Halloween this year so no special post.
Instead, I wanted to post my participation at this week’s WordPress photo challenge before it changes to another theme. The theme for this week is “Horizon.”
I have chosen two pictures: One of a sunset in New York, and one of a sunset in Travis county, Texas. Two very different horizons, each one holding its own beauty, dreams and hopes.
I am often asked what I like about New York. The list is long, but what I enjoy most is the energy that makes this city 100% alive day and night, night and day.
If you are open to discovering New York with unprejudiced eyes, you cannot help but be either overwhelmed or, on the contrary, to feel empowered by the energy running in the city’s avenues and streets. Everything goes fast, and you’d better keep up. Not everyone likes it. For those who do, like me, and perceive that the city’s energy is a rush of life pushing you to live yours to the fullest, there is no better remedy to boost your spirits.
Some people find peace in a forest or by going fishing. I did by going for a walk in the greatest city in the world. I miss these walks, I miss the energy. I miss New York.
The following pictures were taken on my last day in the city last July.
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* “And love is not the easy thing
The only baggage you can bring…
And love is not the easy thing…
The only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can’t leave behind”
— U2 – Walk On
* “Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.” — Sean Connery
And a New York ride is always worthwhile as far as I’m concerned. Did I hear someone ask whether I missed New York? Hell yes, I do! But I am concentrating my energy on building the future, rather than lamenting on the past. Plus I have beautiful memories, and the will to go back there one day.
This sculpture was part of an exhibition by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea.
Unfortunately I have seen and photographed only two of the three sculptures that were in the Flatiron/Union Square area of the city. More here:
Three sculptures showing iconic New York buildings twisted into whimsical shapes just went on display in Flatiron and Union Square.
The large-scale metal artworks, by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea, were among the 10 pieces that dotted Park Avenue on the Upper East Side earlier this year as part of the city’s “No Limits” installation. That exhibit ended June 9, but three standout pieces moved south to continue their run.
Here are more of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Building Sculpture. You can click on any picture in this post to enlarge it.
The second one is a representation of the Sherry-Netherland Hotel.
On Sunday, I will be hitting the road for four days. We are moving to Austin, in Texas.
Exactly 20 years ago this month, I started a journey that would forever change my life. I was landing at Kennedy Airport with my parents. I was about to discover a city I would immediately fall in love with, a city I would visit at least 10 times in the next 18 years, in which I would marry my French husband, a city with which I would mourn on September 11, 2001 (yes, I was here on that infamous day), and in which I would long to live for the next 18 years.
Do you have a friend or have you ever heard someone tell you about this place – wherever on earth it was for that particular person – that they have visited and in which they felt so comfortable it was like they had lived there before? Not that I believe in previous lives, just in a place to call home, wherever it is.
Three years ago, my name was drawn at the green card lottery (for those wondering, like I used to, some people do win :-). Two years ago, we packed up most of the things we cared to bring with us, gave up our jobs and said goodbye to our families and moved to New York. We actually immigrated.
I insist on the word immigrated because neither my husband nor myself are “expats” who came with an expat package. We chose to move to the U.S. We arrived with three cats and ourselves but no home, no job, no bank account, no credit history.
I am not complaining. On the contrary.
For reasons I won’t bore you with, we are now packing again and we will be hitting the road this weekend to move to Texas.
(Yes, we told my cat Texas that the state of Texas was named after him, please don’t tell him it’s the other way around!)
We’re going to Austin, the state capital of Texas.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I have nothing against Texas. On the contrary: I am eager to discover this state and the beautiful places it seems to hold. I have made a short visit to Dallas once, around Christmas time, but I have never been to Austin yet.
But I will miss New York terribly because this city – and after two years living here, I know more than ever – will always be my “home” or the place I “belong to.”
I will miss arriving in Grand Central Terminal and being able to watch at the ceiling to start my day; I will miss the speed and the energy that emanate from New York City (I’ve always loved how everything went fast here); I will miss the abundance of choices on anything (too many to try everything): events, restaurants, activities, people; I will miss the skyscrapers, tributes to the men who built them and who left empires behind.
I still have plenty of things and pictures to post on New York, and I intend to post them :-) And I hope that you will also discover Austin with me.
Like I knew that one day I would live here, I know that one day, I’ll come back.
(My first address in New York)
You can take the girl out of New York, but you can’t take New York out of the girl.
(This video was made and edited by my husband – then boyfriend – in 2008)
As mentioned earlier, we went to the annual Bastille Day street fair of the French Institute – Alliance Française of NYC.
The last time I went was in 2002, when I was spending the summer here. If I remember well, the fair was only one or two blocks, there were considerably less merchants and people altogether. This year, the fair took place on 60th St, from Lexington to 5th Ave.
I was very pleased to arrive around noon, when it was supposed to start, because there were already many people, and taking pictures wasn’t easy. There was a LOT more people just one hour later.
Without further ado, here are some pictures of what could be found there. Enjoy!
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How about THE quintessential New York song for today? Sinatra’s New York, New York is of course a classic :-)
Today is le 14 juillet or Bastille Day. I am heading to some of the celebrations in NYC, so hopefully I’ll be able to share some pics later today.
Have a great day everyone!
Lyrics can be found here.
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