Fred Segal Mauro Cafe, Los Angeles

When I had my unexpected and last minute trip to the USA, I had a 24-hour stopover on the way home in LA.  Em asked me what I would like to do on my one-day stopover and I couldn’t think of how I could fit LA into 12 hours so we threw our hands up […]

Otto Pizzeria, New York

When my trip to New York was definite, Em said, ‘On the night you arrive, just go across the road from the apartment and you’ll find a great Italian where you can get a quick pizza or pasta’. Well Arabella and I went across the street from the apartment and didn’t find it and assumed […]

The Frick Collection, New York

New York has so many museums and galleries worth seeing but on my schedule, I could only choose one.  I made a decision to view the Frick Collection as it is housed in the neoclassical mansion the collector built as his home on 5th Avenue. Henry Clay Frick was born in 1849 in Pennsylvania and […]

Joe Allen, New York

After seeing Matilda on Broadway we took a short walk through Times Square to 46th Street where we found Joe Allen, a restaurant that had been recommended to us because it’s in the theatre district and serves American classics well. Joe Allen opened his restaurant in May of 1965 and during that year, the cast […]

Matilda on Broadway

As soon as my ticket was booked for New York I knew that while there I absolutely wanted to see a musical on Broadway.  I looked up Broadway Shows on the internet and gave Arabella the list of possibilities of what we could see.  As soon as I mentioned Roald Dahl’s Matilda she said, ‘Mum, […]

Morandi, West Village, New York

My sister said to me, ‘I think there’s a really good Italian within walking distance from you; you should give it a try’.  So on the Saturday night after we toured Central Park, we walked up to the restaurant in the West Village. Morandi is situated on Waverly Place where it has enough set-back from […]

A Day in Central Park

Central Park is enormous and so much bigger than I could have imagined.  My sister had advised us to allow two full days to ensure we saw most of what the Park has to offer. The only trouble is that with so many other things to see, we only had time for one day in […]

Noho Star, East Village, New York

After our very full day of visiting both the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Centre, we were ready to sit down, relax and eat well.  The Noho Star on the corner of Bleecker and Lafayette Streets in the East Village had been recommended to me by my sister who lived in the area […]

9/11 Memorial Museum

Prior to 9/11 and despite having never been to New York, I was very familiar with the New York skyline.  Not only had I seen it on news broadcasts and travel brochures, but New York’s famous skyline was featured in a great many movies.  Which is why it still shocks me that the Twin Tower […]

Amelie Wine Bar, Greenwich Village, New York

Amelie Wine Bar became my most favourite place for a drink in the whole of New York City. When we arrived in New York we went straight to our apartment, freshened up and then headed out the door looking for somewhere to have a light meal.  With no idea where to go we walked up […]