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2012 Vacations, a set on Flickr.

Here’s a li
ttle taste of a trip Jay and I took in June with friends. The kids stayed home with friends and family. We are so fortunate to have amazing friends and family close by that are willing to help out.
We sailed out of Venice, Italy on June 10th and headed to Athens, Greece, Turkey, and then back up the west coast of Italy. We stopped in Naples, Rome, Livorno and Monte Carlo. We arrived in Barcelona on June 23rd to complete our 12 day cruise.
It was a wonderful experience and even more memorable because we created new friendships as well as strengthened an old one. Last year, I met Jay’s high school friend, Todd for the first time. They reconnected through Facebook and this trip was possible because of that meeting. I’m hoping we will keep up the tradition.

a new york weekend

we flew into New York the morning of St. Patrick’s Day. we missed the parade, but saw lots of people dressed in green and wearing crazy hats and necklaces. the weather was perfect for walking around and enjoying lunch in the park, which we did at Union Square Park.  we stayed close to Union Square Park at chelsea inn.  the location was great, but the room and noise level was not.  it was hard to sleep with all the street noise and the walk up the stairs to the fourth floor kept us in shape.  we are just chalking it up to a very authentic new york lifestyle for those 3 nights.

Spring in New York

Spring in New York

friday jay went into the office and met the team he’s been working with remotely for the past 6 months.  i took a nice walk down to SoHo and enjoyed a few hours at purl soho.  i had to wait a few minutes for it to open at 12pm and by 12:15, the place was buzzing with very excited women browsing the fabrics, yarn bins, books and sample projects.  i found this excitement level everywhere in nyc.  most stores were filled to the max with shoppers, scurrying about.  some had a constant flow of people armed with shopping bags and goods.  it’s hard to believe there is any economic turmoil.  oh well, back to the fabric. there were many, many options and i was almost overstimulated by them all.   after i scanned the shop a few times, i was able to decide.  the liberty fabric was just plain goodness.  it has such a soft hand and i wish i could afford it all.   i came home with some fabric and a bit of yarn to start some new projects.  can’t wait to get back into the studio and get started.

Spring in New York

Spring in New York

saturday we took the subway up to rockefeller center and discovered there was a Lego store right there.  that giant sign was  like a beacon, calling us in.  it was filled with children and their frantic parents trying to keep and eye on them and their wallets.  there was so much to see, amazing sets on display, like the London bridge and a replica of rockefeller center.  the Lego sign alone was made of thousands of solid colored mini-figs.  i’m always amazed by the creativity of Lego.  jay was drawn to the giant curved wall of Lego pieces you could buy individually.  grab a cup and fill it up with any piece you want.  he started with one and we ended up with three.

these were just the highlights of our trip, we ate great food and walked a lot.  i have the sore feet to prove it.  to see more pictures,  i have a flickr set from our trip here.

Spring in New York