Oh summer time! It is truthfully my least favorite season. Once upon a time this statement would have been different, but the problem with summer is that it is too hot and too sunny for me. That said, we like to enjoy a vacation maybe a little different than the people who visit the Jersey Shore...where we live. The shore actually becomes ours again after September.
We have been visiting some of the eastern seaboards most exciting cities. In Philadelphia we went to the Museum of Art...one of my most favorite places on this earth. The third floor of this museum is a world of surprises...with the goddess Diana welcoming you to the giant staircase, we went to see the paintings, ancient armor, and architecture.
For a woman who took silver smithing classes at the Craft Students League in Manhattan for two years, this particular exhibit was just awesome. You can see my "ghost" in the photos of the silver mail that the knights wore. I could have spent the entire day here!
That the artists and craftsmen poured their hearts and souls into their work. That there are preservationists in our world who realized how important it was to save this...well I am ever grateful. My opinion...art without passion is craft. Ancient art that evokes passion in others...that is a gift to humanity.
We also made our way to the Reading Terminal Market on Market Street. I was honestly so enchanted by the place that I didn't think to pull out my camera to take pictures. I have been here before...but never mid-week when everything was open. The place is so authentic and gritty. It was so busy and there was such a strong current of energy running through that I was caught up in the moment.
We segued on our citycation to New York City where we had lunch at Eataly.
It was also very busy and we heard many new languages and accents while we were there. Many people in the market and restaurants were speaking Italian.
The meal was wonderful...delicious, and the atmosphere was soothing. The service was just impeccable!
After a few days visiting the cities I love with the person I love, I feel much more centered. My heart and soul feel refueled and hopefully, I will be ready to start writing more often. That really is what a vacation is for...isn't it?