Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Dorrego’s in San Antonio

Argentine-style cuisine not far from our hotel...










Barging Down the San Antonio River

A pleasant 25-minute cruise with Tom and Ellyn...











A pleasant and properly socially distanced experience.



The Alamo

We made a quick visit. It always (Brian was here once with his parents circa 1960) seems smaller than imagined.

Like visiting the site of  the Battle of Little Big Horn, it is sobering to see a place where so many died in such a small area.



We wander through the statue garden and see several famous heroes of the battle, including Davy Crockett in his coonskin cap.






Pinch Boil: Vietnamese in San Antonio

Quite tasty order-at-the-counter place just across through a parking lot from our Hampton Inn.

The loaded (crab) French Fries must be a local touch for Texans.







San Antonio RiverWalk

First trip in awhile.





Saturday, July 4, 2020

Independence Day

The sun is finally shining.



Kathy's cake is waiting to be eaten.



Happy Fourth of July!

Monday, March 16, 2020

The TWA Hotel at JFK

It was quite an experience, a return to circa 1962, to stay at this amazing property, based on the design of Eero Saarinen, the brilliant Finnish American architect who designed it as the TWA Flight Center Terminal at what was then called Idlewild Airport.

Description


https://www.twahotel.com/

Saarinen supposedly came up with the bulging roof design after fiddling with a grapefuit one morning at breakfast. "Eero was eating breakfast one morning and using the rind of his grapefruit to describe the terminal shell. He pushed down the centre to mimic the depression that he desired, and the grapefruit bulged. This was the seed for the bulges in the shell."

This is a remarkably similar story to that of the Sydney Opera House architect who envisioned that famous roof while cutting an orange into segments. Should we call it the citrus inspiration effect?







Our room...



Our phone...



Connie...





Dinner at the Paris Cafe...



A tasty sushi with crunchy rice inside...



A quiet flight home on Alaska Airlines #7 JFK-SEA and an Avis rental to whisk ourselves home...



It’s good to be home. We’re going to hunker down for awhile.






Thursday, March 12, 2020

The One World Trade Center

It totaled a hefty $40 each, even with a senior discount, but the views were worth it. The view from 1234 feet on the 100th floor, the 7th-highest building in the world.










Lady Liberty in the distance...














Memorial pool from above...



After descending, we walked through the Oculus, the striking new transportation hub and shopping mall.