Birds of a Feather

Weekend in Washington November 21, 2013

Filed under: Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 2:31 am

Since the beginning of September, one or both of us has been out of town for five separate weekends (and, we’ve pretty much been sick the other weekends). While we’re ready for a break from the whirlwind, we’ve really enjoyed our weekend travels. Earlier this month, I headed down to DC for my friend (and former roommate) E’s wedding.  C was supposed to join, but due to an abscess tooth he didn’t come for the first night, and instead waited for the painkillers to kick in before he took the train down in time for a post-wedding dinner on Saturday night.

I don’t have photos from the wedding, but you’ll have to trust me that everything was beautiful and so elegant without feeling stuffy at all. It was fun celebrating the new couple and catching up with old friends.

I do, however, have photos from several walks around the Mall – and the Tidal Basin – that I took over the course of the weekend. In short, I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall weekend – the air was crisp, the skies were blue, and the trees glowed with fall color.  But you don’t have to take my word for it!

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A Tent for the Sun June 28, 2013

Filed under: Family,The everyday,Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 12:32 pm

Ok, now we’re really back, and ready to stay put for awhile.

We both had a lot of fun in DC (including a crazy spicy tasty Thai dinner at Little Serow, a day trip out to Mount Vernon, some Dark & Stormys, and lots of good family time – mostly over food and drink). And while C had to take the Amtrak back home on Sunday, I headed south with my parents to continue the fun in the Outer Banks. A goodly portion (although only 18 of us, so by no means everyone) of my dad’s family spent the week – or half the week in my case – at a “little” house on the ocean in Buxton, NC. We enjoyed lots of time on the beach and in the ocean, but also found time for exploring the OBX by foot and by car, reading on the porch and in the hot tub, board game playing, cooking, eating, and (of course) lots of talking.

My drive home was L.O.N.G. (8 hours) – but the time went quickly as I passed through gorgeous scenery (including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which I was halfway across when my beloved Camry hit 150K miles) and guzzled unsweet tea.

Outer Banks Sunrise (Buxton, NC)

It rises at one end of the heavens… (Sunrise: Buxton, NC)

Our first morning on the Outer Banks, my uncle read Psalm 19 for the group. It was a fitting way to begin a week surrounded by so much natural beauty:

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Verses 4 -6 have remained at the front of my mind throughout the week – perhaps because of the stunning (willing-to-get-out-of-bed-at-5:45-AM-to-see-it) sunrise and the equally jaw-dropping (had-to-pull-off-the-road-because-I-kept-trying-to-see-it-while-driving) sunset I saw while down in NC – not to mention the fact that I loved the chance to soak up the sun while laying on the beach each morning and afternoon. It’s of course a little easier to remember that nothing is deprived of the sun’s warmth in June than it is in December, but I do love this image of God’s provision for us, and the reminder that nothing is out of His reach, that His glory is always present and visible no matter where you find yourself in this world.

Outer Banks Sunset (Nags Head, NC)

…and makes its circuit to the other (Sunset: Nags Head, NC)

Hope you get to enjoy some sunshine this weekend!

 

We’re back (sort of) June 21, 2013

Filed under: The everyday,Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 4:50 pm

We’ve been on the road for most of the last month, between a trip down to Texas to see C’s family, and then a TWO WEEK trip to France and Italy. Both trips were lovely, though there is something to be said for sleeping in one’s own bed. And now (in just a few minutes) we’re off again – to DC for the weekend, and then I’ll continue south to the Outer Banks to spend a few days with family (C will head back up here to, well, work). Hopefully life will return to normal after that (no other travel on the calendar), and I can return to blogging a bit more regularly.

For now, however, this photo from Manarola on the Ligurian Coast of Italy, will have to do. We were waiting for the ferry on a rather rainy (but still beautiful) day.

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Update: Until I get around to posting some pictures from our travels, you can check out our Instagram account to get a little sneak peek.

 

NOLA January 29, 2013

Filed under: Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 9:28 pm

This is a little late, but with both Superbowl XLVII and Mardi Gras coming up in the next few weeks, I thought I would backtrack a bit and give a brief report about our trip down to New Orleans right before Christmas.

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New Orleans (for which there are multiple pronunciations, not to mention nicknames) was a fun city to explore – particularly during a slow season for tourism, which meant fewer crowds.

A few of our highlights:

* Citywide Christmas caroling in Jackson Square

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* Sazeracs at French 75 and a few other bars around town (definitely preferred to the Hurricanes on Bourbon Street)

* Taking the St. Charles Streetcar up St. Charles Avenue to the Columns Hotel (for a drink at their bar), and to the Butterfly Garden at Audubon Park and the Tulane campus

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* Wandering through the mausoleums in the above-ground St. Louis Cemetery #1

* Walking along the sidewalks along Frenchmen Street, listening to live jazz and taking in the warm evening air

* Many really terrific meals – among them, the beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde, shrimp po-boys from the hole-in-the-wall Rampart Food Store, French-Cajun cuisine at Brigtsen’s and Coquette, and the homemade pate sandwiches at Tartine

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* A river cruise along the Mississippi on Steamboat Natchez

Here’s a map of our visit to the Crescent City, for your reference in case you’re ever headed in that direction.

 

New York Weekend October 1, 2012

Filed under: Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 2:35 pm

We went up to NY on Friday night for a quick weekend trip. We primarily went to see C’s Aunt S and her friends who were on their big NY vacay, but it was also nice to get away for a weekend.  New York certainly has it’s overwhelming moments (and our feet were overwhelmed on Saturday after walking over 11 miles all around Manhattan and Williamsburg) – but we had a great time.

Some highlights: perusing the Chelsea Flea; tasty dinners at Monument Lane and Home; pre-dinner sangria and tapas at Tia Pol; some really great people-watching; too much really tasty food from the Brooklyn Smorgasburg including Danish-Japanese fusion “Fish on Rye”, Squid ink Ramen Ragu, a Mile End smoked meat sammie, Schnitzel, and much much more; fuel in the form of a poppy seed rose from Zucker Bakery; walking along the Highline at dusk and wandering through the Village; and a final breakfast at Bouchon Bakery in Rockefeller Plaza. We also came home with a case of wine.

Whirlwind weekend!

 

New York, New York February 9, 2012

Filed under: Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 2:38 pm

C had an interview in NY at the end of last week, and so we decided I would head out on a Thursday night bus and spend the (three-day) weekend together in the Big Apple (before he took off for yet another week of interviews).  New York can be tiring, but we had a really fun weekend that was a good mix of taking it easy and exploring the city.  Here’s a map with most of our weekend’s activities marked in green (blue markers are from a weekend I spent in NYC in November, and pink ones are places we have yet to check out).

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge

Some highlights:

* A few post-dinner stops at Eataly, mostly just for window shopping (but we tried some Pear Vanilla Sorbet and really loved it – magically creamy and not so icy as many sorbets)
* Our session with Freud (and our friend A)
* Some tasty breakfasts, including soft-boiled eggs at Le Pain Quotidien (a favorite of K) and smoked fish at Russ & Daughters (a favorite of C)
* Walking around the campus of “Columbia University in the City of New York” (and the UWS more generally…or is it just “UWS” with no “the”?  I’m obviously not a New Yorker)
* Seeing the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History
* Assorted tasty treats at Burger Joint, Milk Bar, Momofuku Ssam Bar, and Motorino pizza
* Perusing the booths at the Brooklyn Flea Market and then walking across the Brooklyn Bridge back into Manhattan
* A Sunday morning ride on the Staten Island Ferry (great views of Lady Liberty)

We also tried to hunt down some Vendome macarons, first at Saks and then at their pop-up shop in Brooklyn. But Saks was out (“more on Tuesday”) and the pop-up shop never opened (“We put it on our website that the shop was cancelled.”  Um, no, you didn’t – I was looking at their website – and FB – as they were saying this to C.  Later that day the website was updated).  So we were 0 for 2 in locating what look to be delectable macarons. C’est la vie.

 

That Old Cape Magic August 23, 2011

Filed under: Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 1:26 am

It’s now been a few weeks since our visit to Cape Cod with K’s family. The only really not very good thing about the Cape is the traffic (and the crowds, and the beach parking situation, so I guess that is 3 things). I think everybody agrees.

But there are some wonderful things about the Cape. I’m not really going to do a google map for our visit to the Cape, since the great thing about being there was we could just relax and hang out at the beach.

But before I tell you about all the fun we had, let me just say, we stayed in Wellfleet, and had some pretty amazing croissants from PB Bistro. I recommend their croissants (and other breads) highly – but I also recommend bringing a book to read. They open at 7; I showed up at 6:45 and waited in line for 45 minutes before I was helped!

In any case, some of the fun we had on the Cape:

K, M, and C kayaking in the tidal marsh outside our house

The West End Breakwater (Provincetown)

The boys, oyster-shucking and -eating

Marconi Beach

Preparing the lobster boil for dad's birthday

The last day was a pretty disappointing 4 hour drive home (should be 2 hours). Including one hour in which we went 2 whole miles. But we had a frappe and fish and chips on the way home, so that pretty much made up for it. Almost.