So…You’re a Tourist in New York City

I forgot to tip him!

You will need a cast-iron bladder.  Manhattan is devoid of public bathrooms.  You can walk around all day and never find a restroom.  There are none at the subway stations and none in the parks and if you do find a bathroom it will be out of order or locked.  Someone told me there are […]

Travelling Home Solo

Eton Mess - too much for three

After Arabella finished hugging the pilot, she stepped onto the plane and the door was closed behind her.  Organising her own itinerary, she had about a 35-hour journey back to Sydney via China (China being in no way, on the way). Meanwhile, I had the trolley with all our luggage and I again took it […]

Airport Hijinks

Sitting by the fountain

On our last morning in New York, Arabella and I decided we should try to relax and unwind and so we went across the road from our apartment to Washington Square, an extremely picturesque park at the end of Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village.  We had a really lovely time sitting in the sunshine by […]

Ellen’s Stardust Diner, New York

Ellen's Stardust Diner is currently covered in scaffolding

On the recommendation of a couple of friends, while in New York we went to dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner which is on Broadway and close to all the venues where music theatre is performed. We arrived at around 6.30pm and the first thing I noticed is that the building is covered in scaffolding.  New […]

Tom’s Restaurant, New York

Film Crew outside the famous restaurant

It’s hard to imagine a restaurant with a more famous facade.  This humble diner on the corner of 112th Street and Broadway has people descending on it from all over the world.  ‘They land at JFK and take a cab right here’, the owner tells me.  And Arabella and I also had Tom’s Restaurant on […]

QANTAS Economy

Hello New York

I have been reunited with Arabella and we’re having a fabulous and very special time together but first I have to tell you how about the journey from Sydney to New York traveling with QANTAS at the wrong end of the plane. After the long day of packing and organising and stocking the freezer with […]

‘So Don’t Get Stressed’

What a mess

One of the other hats I’ve been wearing is ‘Project Manager’.  It’s a hat I acquired a few weeks ago when one of the tenants in a building we own moved on.  It was decided that before we advertised for a new tenant, some work should be done on the premises; it is after all, […]

Homesick No More

Liev Schrieber with his arm around my lucky daugher

Miss Arabella has recovered from her homesickness. That’s not to say I’m cancelling my trip. All it took was my sister taking her for a trip down Rodeo Drive for some therapeutic shopping where she purchased a Michael Kors jumpsuit. Followed by being picked up by an Audi chauffeur and taken to the premier of […]

Raw and Wild, Bowral

Gorgeous flowers

Thank you all for your kind wishes and positive comments regarding my imminent trip to New York to be with Miss Arabella who now knows, solo-travel is not for everyone.  It’s truly lovely that so many of you have offered to catch up with us, if only we were in your part of the US. […]

Arabella’s Misadventures

Sundowners

Disclaimer:  The images shown are irrelevant to this post but show you how we spent some of our time in the Southern Highlands. As most of you are aware, my daughter, on a whim, went on-line and bought herself an airline ticket to the USA.  She had an idea in her head that traveling solo […]