May 30, 2013

Manhattanhenge



Last night was Manhattanhenge, one of the two days of the year when the sunset lines up perfectly with Manhattan's grid.

"What will future civilizations think of Manhattan Island when they dig it up and find a carefully laid out network of streets and avenues? Surely the grid would be presumed to have astronomical significance, just as we have found for the pre-historic circle of large vertical rocks known as Stonehenge, in the Salisbury Plain of England. For Stonehenge, the special day is the summer solstice, when the Sun rises in perfect alignment with several of the stones, signaling the change of season.

For Manhattan, a place where evening matters more than morning, that special day comes twice a year. For 2013 they fall on May 28th, and July 13th, when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan's brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough's grid. A rare and beautiful sight. These two days happen to correspond with Memorial Day and Baseball's All Star break. Future anthropologists might conclude that, via the Sun, the people who called themselves Americans worshiped War and Baseball." Read more here.

My roommate Kim and I had no desire to go fight the throngs of amateur photographers on 34th St. (apparently one of the best streets to see it on, especially with the Empire State Building), but luckily our street, West 95th, is a cross street with a clear view over the Hudson River.

So we walked down a couple of blocks and snapped some great shorts of the sun setting between the buildings. 




When the sun was all gone, we took a walk down to Riverside Park, and watched the colors change over the Hudson River, punctuated with sailboats and framed by the majestic Washington Bridge. 



I love New York. 


May 28, 2013

Road Trip Through Virginia!


This weekend I went down to Washington D.C. to visit my friend Paige for Memorial Day weekend, and we had so much fun! I caught up with old friends, celebrated a birthday, said bye to other friends who are moving away (to Thailand!), and ate all the delicious food!

Since I was there for three whole days, on Sunday we decided to take a little road trip into Virginia, for the Delaplane Strawberry Festival. 

It was a clear, gorgeous day, and everything was so green! 


On the way to Delaplane we noticed a few food trucks and tiny farmer's market by the side of the road and stopped to get some lunch: a delicious build-your-own lobster roll! 





Then we were back on our way, through beautiful Middleburg. 




The festival itself was just so picture perfect, with a little train, a red and white tent, and so many strawberries!











Pretty peonies!


After buying some strawberries, we went to this quaint white barn where they were selling strawberry shortcake with ice cream and whipped cream! Yum! 




We got some and went to enjoy it on a grassy hill. 


These three brothers eating rocket pops, in their matching red white and blue hats, were adorable.



We saw homemade kettlecorn made from scratch, 



in a big kettle corn vat! 



There was even a peanut roaster!


On our way to the petting zoo, we saw the cutest, fluffiest 13-week-old German Shepard puppy!



Then we saw some cows and chickens. 


Triplets! 



Waffle the cow! 



Pony rides and tractor rides!



Beautiful old barn.




Paige and me! 






Nothin' Fancy, the Bluegrass band!




After the Strawberry Festival we headed back toward Middleburg, stopping at a county fair on the way, 



where we tried on awesome hats,



and bought some vintage bangles. 


We stopping in Middleburg for a little shop-seeing and dinner.



We went antiquing, 



and to the Fun Shop, 




and to Home Farm, 




where we bought delicious shortbread to have with our fresh strawberries at home later.

  



I even bought myself a fancy mint hat for the Belmont next month!


After a long day of walking around we stopped at the Red Horse Tavern for delicious southern BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, and a glass of wine. 



Hats and wine, the perfect end to a perfect day!