Asheville, part 2

December 23, 2013

The city. We stayed in a downtown hotel. The location was not nearly as important as the pool. And the fire pit, definitely a plus for bedtime stories.

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Of course there was also the view into the parking lot … (don’t worry, no one had to park about the second level and the rooftop was level 6)

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And we definitely enjoyed Asheville’s many fine vegetarian restaurants and street life.

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Asheville, Labor Day

December 23, 2013

Asheville is lovely, and the kids were finally old enough for some (very short) hikes.

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This one was off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and passed through some cool covered woods before coming out on the top of a mountain:

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As we were enjoying a well-deserved snack at the top of the trail a mountain runner came dashing past. Talia turned to me and asked the obvious, “Mama, why do people run?”

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Of course Milo managed to carry a train up the mountain.

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We last left off in Damascus, VA

December 23, 2013

and this post takes us about 5 miles down the road to a hike in Tennesse. Several of us hiked, some of us preferred to take a ride.

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The waterfall was quite impressive, even if we declined to allow Milo to go swimming.

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And then we were off to Asheville at last.

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Damascus, VA

November 12, 2013

Damascus is apparently a very popular mountain biking destination in the Virginia mountains. We found ourselves there on Labor Day weekend as a way to break up the drive to Asheville, and eventually Durham. We stayed in a lovely hotel overlooking a waterfall.

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In a lovely little 1950s town:

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But one of the best things about Damascus was driving around (trying to find dinner …) and enjoying the scenery. We even found a delightful old school which had been occupied by a herd of pigs. Henry of course refused to enter (possibly because of the large no trespassing sign), but when we checked into the hotel I asked about the school and the hotel owner made a few phone calls, and voila!

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Next up: posts 1-20 on the ever-scenic Asheville.

A beautiful fall birthday party

November 5, 2013

in Rock Creek Park. Most of the photos have too many other kids in them to post, but here are a few of Talia and Milo at the party. The trees looked mostly like this:

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And the party really set the bar a tad too high for us … full lunch, cupcakes, face painting, balloon shapes and lots of space to run around. Needless to say Talia is already talking about her upcoming birthday. “Winter is my season” she told me this morning.

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And now back to our very own neighborhood

September 26, 2013

and some pretty cool kids.

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And later that very day Talia hosted a tea party for friends and their dolls … photos coming soon.

Red Hook

September 26, 2013

After a late dinner in Astoria with Art and Shirley (and a very crazy woman who yelled at us, which resulted in dessert on the house at the lovely restaurant), we headed to Flushing for lunch with Patrick and Yeye and Nainai. I should note that it was not until we were in Chinatown that we go around to mentioning to Talia that her new school would be all in Mandarin. So far, so good.

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After lunch we headed to Red Hook for a quick visit before driving South again, but Red Hook is delightful and we stayed all afternoon. One shot from the drive which the kids loved – the very arch featured in “Knuffle Bunny Too.” I am not sure the kids realized that the book was set in Brooklyn:

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And I insist on our annual family photo taken by random strangers in front of a painted door:

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More doors:

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And of course, what visit to Red Hook would be complete without dropping by the ever-so-hipster Bourbon/Chocolate/Free Range Chicken factory …

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Does this doorstep look familiar?

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And since it was so late we decided to stay for a very surprisingly elegant dinner at Fairway. We sat on the patio overlooking the East River Ferry and enjoyed the sunset.

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And then we scooted back to DC …

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And a few more from our NYC weekend

September 26, 2013

Gantry State Park. At sunset. With friends.

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And dinner in Astoria with more NYC friends (not pictured because we were all too busy talking):

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A very Queens/Brooklyn/Governor’s Island weekend

September 24, 2013

Many would consider it sacrilege, but in late August we made the long trek North for a very NYC weekend which did not include any time in Manhattan. We stayed in Jackson Heights (thank you to the dear friends who let us cat-sit! So very, very glad that the cat did not have a heart attack from Milo shrieking every time it moved), lured many of Talia’s friends to Gantry State Park and then off Manhattan again to Governor’s Island the next day, and finished our weekend with a lovely sunset dinner at the exclusive Red Hook-Fairway (Fairway is a local grocery chain …).

And we finally, finally made it to Fete Paradiso. A vintage 19th century French carnival complete with children’s rides. Practically perfect.

From the boat ride from Queens to Governor’s Island:
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And Fete Paradiso! A tremendous thanks to Lila and Ada for making the trek to the far end of Manhattan and then a short boat ride further. And to Linda whose photos of her own visit convinced us we had to go …

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Hipster grilled cheese:

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And of course a French singer:

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And a few more rides before everyone fell asleep on the boat back to Hunter’s Point:

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Next up: Brooklyn!

As we head off for a weekend in the big city

August 16, 2013

a few photos from our local Easter Egg roll that we never posted. Talia and Henry attended, and we took Talia to meet Henry at his office:

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Games, healthy snacks and some princesses wandering around …

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Sadly Talia’s visit did not include meeting the President, but she had carefully rehearsed her introduction in case it did. Turns out that both Talia and the President share an appreciation of Shaved Ice (we saw a photo of the president eating shaved ice while we were in Hawaii). Maybe next year.


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