Monday, June 1, 2015

New York, New York!

A few more photos from our trip to New York recently. 
We stayed right near Times Square
so ended up walking it every day on our way to and from the subway
or riding through in a cab.

No one can miss Rockefeller Center.

Parking in NYC!
(I'm not even sure how they do this.)

The Waldorf Astoria and Park Avenue.

Had to get a shot of the stunning stained glass window 
of the Annunciation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

The Annunciation is actually one of my favorite scenes
so took several ...

...most of which were from the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Big fireplaces are my thing
and I loved the statues adorning this one.
(Also at the museum.) 

The beautiful entry hall...

And exterior. 

Below is Hatsheput, meaning Foremost of the Noble Ladies
who is known as being one of the longest ruling women
and most prolific builders in Egypt.

We actually went to The Met twice 
and I spent my entire second visit in the Egyptian exhibit... 

Ogling the painted interior of  mummy cases.

His and Hers!

The Egyptian Sky Goddess Nut depicted in this interior
revering the sun 
as well as giving birth to it. 
Nut is the mother of both Isis and Osiris.
According to Wiki, 
Osiris' popularity went all the way into Roman times. 

Below are some photos of Roman earrings. 

We also visited the Museum of Natural History
which of course is endlessly fascinating. 

I remember reading a book when I was young
about a kid who hides and gets locked into the museum overnight.
Now I've been told that the museum does overnight slumber parties
for grade school kids. 
What an amazing and fun experience that must be! 
Best slumber party ever!! 

This meteorite was found near Oregon City
about 2 hours from where I live, 
standing a little taller than the average person. 

And of course, Central Park is always one of our favorite destinations. 

I've been gone quite a bit from the blog
and this week I leave for the South of France
where I'll be making a little pilgrimage which I'll reveal more about later.
So barring any internet issues,
I should be posting photos while I'm there. 

I'm also using my time there as a bit of a writing retreat
to try to get my novel ready for beta readers. 
So wish me luck.
And see you in Provence! 

(Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen) 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Greek wedding in New York

Just a few photos this week of our time on the East Coast recently. 
First time ever at the Boathouse on Central Park Lake.

There isn't much I don't love about Central Park.

Between going to the park and museums,
a Broadway show, Times Square and Greenwich Village,
we were there for a Greek wedding. 

The beautiful ceremony was held in a traditional Greek Orthodox church
in Stamford, CT. 

Inside the church was a painting of one of my favorites
found all over Greece:
St. George and the Dragon. 

I always enjoy seeing how people decorate the end of the church pews
and loved their use of lavender and olive branches. 

 The beautiful white cake was also decorated with
olive branches and blue flowers.

At the top, the same love birds
the parents of the bride
had on their own wedding cake.

And the very same glasses they toasted from
many years ago.

What sweetness!

The reception was held at the lovely
Davenport Club in New Rochelle
with a veranda and stunning water view. 

The food, the people, the view 
were all outstanding
and we were ecstatic to be included
and share in this family's joy.

One last one of Central Park
and there will be more photos to come next time
with shots from the City and some of my favorites from the museums. 

Until then, happy spring to you and yours! 

(All Photos Copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Monday, April 27, 2015

L'Etoile Venitienne

Just a photo today. 
Have been AWOL quite a bit lately on my blog
so thought I'd at least give you a little eye candy while I'm working on the next post. 
This is a restaurant we met my sister at for lunch during our most recent visit. 
Sadly I did not get any indoor photos which had a fun 
mirror picture of the canals of Venice. 

We were recently in New York for a wedding
and will soon have a post with photos of that trip. 

Til then, Happy Monday! 

L'Etoile Venitienne
20, Avenue Kleber
75116 Paris
Metro: Kleber on the 6 Line

(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bon Anniversaire Eiffel Tower

Happy 126th Anniversary of the opening of
the Eiffel Tower today! 

Took these photos with my cell phone during our last visit.
So while not the best camera,
I love the colors. 

This is what it looked like when we emerged from
the Musee du Quai Branly 
after spending the afternoon there.

I had no idea about all the lights and colors
until we came out to this magic. 

And speaking of magic,
March is my birthday month
and a wonderful month it's been.

I got to spend a week at my writing retreat on the coast
with special favorite writing gals.

And last week, we spent a long weekend 
in Napa/Sonoma with friends 
for someone special's 80th birthday party. 

And as always happens in my birthday month,
my favorite season, Spring, arrived in full beauty and...magic. 

Happy Spring to you...
and I promise more Paris photos soon. 

Quai Branly Museum
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tues, Wed and Sunday
Thurs, Fri and Saturday

(All photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)

Monday, March 2, 2015

From Notre Dame to Eglise Saint Louis en l'Ile

To return to our small Paris tour from last time,
we walked from the lovely Notre Dame de Paris,
seen here in the setting sun,

across the bridge

past the brasseries

to the Eglise Saint Louis en l'Ile.

Built between 1664 and 1726,
and according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau,
built according to plans by Le Vau, the royal architect of Versaille. 

While I'm not a Catholic
I DO love those Catholic churches

for their graceful beauty, their architecture,

moving paintings
and stained glass windows
filled with stunning color and detailed story.

for their quiet places

their history


and reverence

their painted arches

and hiding shadows

their amazing shots

and because I always learn something.

What about you? 
Anything you especially love about churches?

Next time we'll do a little more walking 
along the island. 


19 bis rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile
75004 Paris

(All Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)