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Ted Wight is a Broker- Salesperson with Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty. Ted is the #1 agent in the office & a top-ranked realtor in the St. Louis area.
It has been about 4 years since I have been to NYC. It is surprising how Hell's Kitchen has improved. Once a dark and scary area... Now vibrant with restaurants, bars and boutique hotels. My son and I stayed at Ink 48 Hotel last night. It is part of the Kimpton chain and features a hip bar on the roof with views of the city and the Hudson River.
We had the treat of seeing Hedwig and the Angry Inch last night. Neal Patrick Harris ended his run just last week so Andrew Rannells stepped in. I thought it was amazing... Though you do think, I wonder how it would have been with Neal Patrick Harris.
I have been in NYC this weekend with my son and brother. Wonderful food, shopping and museuming. The Hi Line looks wonderful since I saw it 4 years ago ... all the plants have filled in nicely. The new World Trade Center building and Museum are impressive and an important reminder. The two water falls into the footprints of the old buildings were powerful. Kinky Boots was a joy! We were lucky to see Billy Porter in the lead role that he created.
When I was in Louisville for Derby Weekend, I had the treat of being invited to a party at a special Mid-century home. The home was built by architect, Leslie V. Abbott, for himself....which is always a special home when an architect designs for himself....uninhibited! I believe it was built in 1948. It felt very Deco and International in its design.
Well I went on my first cruise last week. It was nice to get away from the Winter in St. Louis again. I feel Spring is emerging! The birds were very noisy this morning.
My feelings about cruises are sort of mixed. I went with a friend from Ft. Lauderdale who used to live in St. Louis. The cruise line was MSC (Italian) and our boat was only a year old- The Divina. I found myself wandering around the 24-hour buffet all of the time....it seemed I had to go through it to get anywhere on the boat. Luckily I had some self control, though feel like I ate 6 meals a day. There was a nice gym on the boat and I made an effort to go everyday. I found lifting free-weights challenging with a shifting boat.
I was eager to take advantage of the shows on the boat, though knew I was in trouble after the first night. The program said that the ship was putting on a production of Wonderland. I was excited since I had heard the music from the Broadway show (Adapted from Alice in Wonderland). We rushed through dinner so we could get a good seat. Well, the boat's Wonderland had nothing to do with the musical. I kept wondering when they performers would start to sing something from it. There was a man dressed up like Johnny Depp from the movie....who waved his arms a lot. A quasi group of performers did acrobatics as a scary Tweedle Dee and Twidle Dum pranced around waving their arms a lot. Finally an Asian diva came out to sing a song....I forget what she sang, though it was not from the Broadway show and was thick with an accent. The whole performance closed with the ensemble doing Gangnam Style. The next night was a pirate-themed show which I did not see. I hear it was the same show as Wonderland- just in pirate costumes.
A high-light was seeing Leslie Jordan perform. I love his story-telling.
We went to the French side of St. Martin and had a lovely afternoon on the beach. San Juan, Puerto Rico was charming. Our third desination was an island in the Bahamas. This island is owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines and is solely for cruise lines to use. It was a little fabricated and almost looked like a Christo installation with 1000+ blue lounge chairs lining the beach.
I am back! Ready for the Spring real estate market!
Yes I have been on a cruise this week. I know.... I was just in Puerto Vallarta. My last trip for a while and will jump right into the Spring real estate market.
San Juan was lovely. We went to this one restaurant that served authentic Puerto Rican food. Probably the best thing I have eaten on the whole trip. A braised beef served in wood dish lined with mashed plantains.
Puerto Vallarta always seems like a sure bet for weather at the end of January. This was my 6th year going and it is always perfect. This winter is especially needed it! Click HERE for pictures of our lovely villa!
Yesterday I went on a day trip with my brother and two nephews to check out Ste. Genevieve and Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher. Part of our family, the Prattes, lived in Ste. Genevieve before St. Louis was founded. We went to check out the portrait of Jean Baptiste Sebastian Pratte's portrait, though it was in St. Louis getting refinished. We did find his grave!
We left Ste. Genevieve and took a ferry over to Illinois to see Fort de Chartres. I have heard about it, though never visited. Pierre Laclede, another ancestor of mine, stayed at Fort de Chartres before he founded St. Louis. With our 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis arriving in 2014, you should check out this important, historic site.
A special treat was meeting a group of people who were staying in the Fort for the weekend. They were having a period experience! They shared some of their yummy baked items with us.
Yesterday we woke up to a lavish brunch at The Villagio. We traveled up to tour the Castello di Amorosa winery which was very impressive. It is a Tuscan castle built in the 90's. Their wine was outstanding. Afterwards we popped by Gott's for their famous burgers and garlic butter fries. Sinful!
We traveled straight to San Francisco that afternoon. While here we are staying at a friend's pad that has perfect view of the city. It is also in walking distance to Tartine... the best French bakery in town.
Yesterday we walked and walked... Popped in The Clift Hotel to see the Redwood Bar and their video portraits of people. It is fun to see the pictures blink....very Harry Potterish. We made a reservation at the wildly popular R & G Restaurant in Chinatown. While waiting an hour, we rode the cable car up and down the street.
Yesterday was a full day at Yosemite National Park. See I added one black and white photo when I was channeling Ansel Adams. The interior shot is of The Ahwahnee.... A glorious 1920s hotel. Today we leave the mountains and are off to Napa.
The Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are glorious. Today and tomorrow we are exploring Yosemite. Should I photograph just in black and white today? Like Ansel Adams? I am getting a little tired of driving twisty roads with 3,000 ft drop offs.... though it is worth the views!
Yesterday we visited the Hoover Dam. What an impressive American engineering marvel! In the evening we went to KA, a Cirque du Soleil show. This was my first time and I was in awe! We are off to Death Valley this morning. I think Vegas is fun, though I am ready to move on.
I am traveling with one of my sons and brother the next few days. My other son had to work :( We are road tripping from Vegas to San Francisco. We got in last night and all I can say is Wow. We are staying at The Cosmopolitan Hotel. The boy band, The Wanted, was playing an outside concert on the property right below our balcony. The hotel is lovely! More pics to come!
The Summer family vacation has been settled....a road trip from Las Vegas....to Death Valley....to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks... to Yosemite National Park....to Lake Tahoe....to Napa.....and ending up in San Francisco!
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One of my sons and I made a little overnight trip to Memphis. We ate at Lamberts in Sikeston on the way down....walked down Beale St....stayed at The Peabody and saw the ducks....bought bow ties at Lashly's and learned how to tie them....had BBQ at Rendevous....and saw Graceland!
This week one of my sons was home for Spring Break and we decided to do a little excursion to Kansas City. On the way there, we stopped by Columbia to check in on my other son who transferred last semester to Mizzou. After lunch at Shakespeare Pizza we continue onwards to KC. We treated ourselves to a night at The Raphael on The Plaza....dined at yummy Gram & Dun outside on a balmy 70 degree night....shopped....went to the WW I Museum and then had a BBQ lunch at Jack's Stack. The pictures below are not from ancient Egypt, though the fabulous, deco WW I Museum grounds.
The Wights originally were from Maine and after the Civil War my Great Great Grandfather, Pearl Wight, moved to New Orleans to start a hardware business catering to the shipping industry. Their company was Woodward and Wight, LTD. He became a beloved and respected citizen of New Orleans. A couple of the buildings from the business still stand in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. They are now loft apartment buildings.
Pearl's son, Ira Edward Wight, married a Ewing from St. Louis. In the early 1900's they sold the business and Ira moved to St. Louis. I think his wife did not think New Orleans was a good place to raise a family.
A Loving Cup that I have from when the business was sold and both Pearl and Ira retired in 1904.
Pearl's house on Prytania St. Now owned by the New Orleans Opera Guild.
And Pearl's mausoleum in Metarie Cemetery. There is room for more family members is any of them want to have this as their final resting place.
It was 75 degrees in New Orleans over the weekend....a nice little break from the cold. The food in New Orleans is so good. I am off of Puerto Vallarta soon and this was the wrong place to go when I will be in a swim suit.
I saw 3 plantations....along the Mississippi River and only 45 minutes from the city. You must tour them when you are in New Orleans next.
Laura Plantation- a creole delight and with a St. Louis story. Laura Gore was the last owner and sold the plantation when she got married to a St. Louis gentleman. She lived in the CWE on McPherson and then De Giverville.
A full day yesterday in New Orleans. We visited 3 plantations... Pictured is Oak Alley. We saw our old family mausoleum in Metarie graveyard...I think there are 6 spots left in it for family. Dinner at Commander's Palace and then we drove by the old family home on Prytania. They were filming a movie there with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. I went up and asked if I could meet Shirley and was told no.
Over the weekend I was up in Lake Forest Illinois for my 25th college reunion. This morning I went down to the lovely lakefront. So pretty! The fall colors always seem a little prettier along the lake.
I don't know if my planning was ideal, with needing to move out of my current house by the middle of this month and several real estate deals in the works, though I recently had two wonderful get-a-ways....the Pacific NW with one of my sons and brother....and I just got back from Provincetown on the Cape. Somehow I will get it all done. I also have both sons off to college this year. Does this mean I am now an empty nester? It will be a little quiet at the end of August. This will give me the opportunity to get my new house in order.
Pictures from Provincetown:
And a picture of some of the local performers who make Provincetown so colorful...the Mommie Dearest duo