Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
More cold, snowy weather today. And the winter solstice is not for another few days. After the last 2 winters had very little snow, this has been much more like 2010. However it is predicted to warm up, to around 15 deg by the weekend, and no more snow on the horizon. Here are some scenes from around MSKCC and Central Park today.
Posted by monica/paul at 9:01 PM
Sunday, December 15, 2013
While in Italy last month, we (+ Jenny & Steven) also visited Vicenza on a day trip from Verona. A delightful, small city between Milan and Venice, few places are stamped by the genius of a single person as is Vicenza. And that one person was "Palladio", a.k.a. Andrea di Pietro della Gondola, the greatest architect of the Renaissance. A native of Padua, he came to Vicenza in 1524 because the local Venetian aristocracy wanted splendid new buildings to celebrate the recovery from the devastation of the long war with the Scaligers of Verona, whom they defeated. Palladio's trademark was colonnades and his style was adopted by architects in England and America in 16th & 17th centuries. So if these buildings look like ones in London or Boston or New York, remember this is where it all began
Posted by monica/paul at 12:32 PM
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Snowed all day again today in NYC, heavy at times, but very dry/powdery - obviously not much water content - and probably only about 1-2 cm accumulation. But enough to have fun with. Hard to believe in two weeks we'll be playing in sand instead of snow, and 30 deg C not 30 deg F.
Posted by monica/paul at 3:21 PM
Monday, December 9, 2013
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Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a large Christmas tree placed annually in Rockefeller Center in mid-town Manhattan in New York City. The tree is erected and lit in late November or early December. In recent years, the lighting has been broadcast live nationwide on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center show and scheduled for the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. The tree, usually a Norway spruce 69 to 100 feet (21 to 30 m) tall, has been put up every year since 1933. The tallest Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center was a 100 feet (30 m) spruce erected on November 11, 1999 that was being cared for by Cathy and Jim Thomson. In 2013, the Christmas Tree is a 76 ft (25m) Norway Spruce from Sheldon, Connecticut and the Lighting took place last Wednesday (December 4th).
Posted by monica/paul at 5:20 PM
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Our trip to Italy last month included a weekend in the ancient, romantic city of Verona. Aside from being the setting of Romeo & Juliet (Q: Can you remember their family names? Answer at the bottom of this post!), it has the 3rd largest Roman amphitheater in the world (well preserved and they still put on operas and other open-air shows there in the summer), many splendid Renaissance buildings and the elegant via Mazzini, the pedestrian-only street lined with many quality shops. Verona is situated on the fast-flowing Adige River in the center of the Veneto region, so is an easy train trip from Milan or Venice. We stayed in an excellent tourist apartment called "Verona Holiday", via Rosa 8, right in the centro storico. The food is similar to Venice and the local wines include the Soave (white, like Sauv. blanc) and the Valpolicella (red, like a pinot noir). It is definitely worth including Verona on any itinerary of NE Italy. Here's a dozen pictures that show why...
Posted by monica/paul at 6:18 AM