Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gadding About in Copenhagen

Unfortunately it is not I gadding about in Copenhagen, but my grandson Zach who is visiting his girlfriend Claire who is spending this semester studying in Copenhagen.  So I am vicariously experiencing this.  I have traveled quite a bit but never to Denmark.  This has been a fun trip!
First day there touring along the canal.  
Beer tasting at the Carlsberg brewery.
Tivoli decorated for Christmas. 
Claire's host family prepared a Thanksgiving dinner for them.
The Little Mermaid.:  a bronze statute that is a Copenhagen icon. 

I'm glad to see that Zach was well prepared for the cool weather. 

Visiting Rosenborg Castle.  .  
Zach returns home tomorrow and Claire will be home in a couple of weeks.
Scandinavia  is definitely high on my bucket list.  Maybe next summer?

Photos by Claire and Zach.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Giant White Rabbits at the Museum

A traveling art exhibit by Australian artist Amanda Parer was recently on display at the Museum Park Ellipse outdoors at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.  There were five inflated rabbits up to 25 feet tall.  At night they were lit up making for a delightful scene.  I ventured over during the day. and  Marcia and I ventured over at dusk to see the rabbits lit up.

This outdoor part of the NCMA will lend itself to many interesting exhibits.  

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Gadding About at the Art Deco Car Exhibit

The North Carolina Museum of Art has very unique exhibits, and recently Marcia and I went over to see the Art Deco Car Exhibit.  I have always been intrigued with the Art Deco Period, and the cars didn't disappoint.  I don't know whether these were considered works of art at the time (1930s or 1940s) but they certainly are now.  Come along as we view these.

This one even had a small table and chairs for having a picni in the car I suppose. 

I particulary like the fronts of these cars.  

There were even two or three motorcycle from that era, and boy they are different from today.

This is the only one of these ever made.  I like that fancy grill. 

If you are in the Raleigh area, you really should check out this exhibit.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Lunch With Boguska and Leslaw my Polish Friends

Potato cakes.  

I had a delightful visit with my friend Boguska and her husband Leslaw for lunch today.  Boguska is one of my "surrogate daughters", and she is a wonderful cook.  She is always bringing me goodies to eat---Polish dishes from her home country.  But today I was treated to lunch at her house.

I knew the lunch would be special because not only do I love her cooking I enjoy her and Leslaw's company.  Her table was beautifully decorated with these lovely flowers that complemet her walls perfectly.  And look at that homemade bread on the table.
Pretty arrangement on table.  
Homemade bread.  Yum!

The first course consisted of homemade mushroom soup.  I particuarly enjoy Boguska's soups.
Mushroom soup.

And then I watched as she prepared potato cakes. She says they are only good if eaten when freshly made (but I'm not sure if that's true, because I brought home those that were left and I'm looking forward to those for lunch tomorrow.)  She used frozen hash brown which she turned into mashed potatoes in her blender, and then added an egg, onions, and a spoonful or two of flour to hold the cakes together as they were fried.
The potato cakes are garnished with sour cream.  
Of course, I should have known that she would have a wonderful dessert (she and I both like our sweets). Today it was a homemade cherry layered cake with whipped cream.

After lunch I enjoyed a long visit on her screened porch looking out over her beautiful backyard. What a relaxing day.  Thank you Boguska.
Enjoying the backyard from the screened porch.  

Friday, October 14, 2016

Our Red Hat Party

Ready to party.  L to R: Ann, me, Gail, Pat W., Peggy, Sally

After spending most of Tuesday visiting Museums, the Capitol, and the Legislative Building, my friends and I topped off the day with a limo drive to Relish Café for dinner as we donned our red hats and wore purple. 

To begin the evening, we "posed" for pictures in our red hats. 

L to R: Peggy, Gail, Pat W, me, Ann, Sally
As we were posing out on the front porch, our limo arrived.  I had arranged with Dwight of Smith Luxury Limosines in Raleigh to pick us up.  It was a surprise to my friends and it was the first limo ride anyone of us had taken.  (Back when we got married limos for the bride and groom were not usual.).
We found it was a little difficult for us "seniors" to get in and out of the limo.  Lots of laughs with that. 

Mark helping us get into the limo.  

Mark our limo driver first took us on a tour of downtown Raleigh and then over to Relish Café where we had dinner. 
Selfie of Peggy and me in limo. 
Dressed a bit casual for a ride in a limo.
Dinner at Relish Café.
A trip to Local Fresh on Glenwood Avenue after dinner for ice cream was a must, even though it was a bit chilly.  The ice cream was as good as always. 
Gail and Sally in line for ice cream.

Getting back in limo after ice cream at Local Fresh.

But all good things come to an end.  My friends went back to their homes in Shelby on Wednesday morning. 
Boarding AMTRAK for trip back to Charlotte and Shelby. 

We had FUN, and we are already planning an adventure for next year!!!