Cows and chips on the Thames

For a moment, I thought I was back in India, where cows are everywhere – from the high street to the beach. Curiously, I’d been on several Meetup walks in Gorring but none of them took in the Thames. We were following a walk in the OS Pathfinder series for the Home Countries, which I … Continue reading / view photos Cows and chips on the Thames

Kew Gardens after lockdown

It was lovely to return to Kew Gardens after so long. Unlike normally, you couldn’t just rock up and go in. You had to book a slot for a particular day and time. Usually when I go, as a member, I can bypass the queue and waltz in. No such luck this time. There was … Continue reading / view photos Kew Gardens after lockdown

Freedom Tower

Apparently, those who were around when President John F Kennedy was assassinated remember where they were and how they heard of his death. I wasn’t alive to have a JFK moment. I did, however, have an Elvis Presley moment: I was playing football on the street and a friend shouted to me from an overlooking … Continue reading / view photos Freedom Tower

Lockdown sourdough bread

Sourdough was first invented in about 1500 BC by the Egyptians for extended periods of social distancing or other periods when you had time on your side. It was rediscovered in the UK in 2020 AD. Word of the new British appetite for all things doughy has gone global. Even The New York Times had … Continue reading / view photos Lockdown sourdough bread

Camp rock guitars

When I first went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (“the Met”) in 1988, two things struck me. The first was how well the collection was curated: everything from the selection to the colour of the galleries was well coordinated. The second was Jackson Pollack. I’d never heard of him at the time but I … Continue reading / view photos Camp rock guitars

Vessel

After the morning bagel breakfast in Brooklyn and the walk along the scenic High Line, we went to see Vessel. When we went, it was free to enter but you had to pre-book, which my generous Airbnb hosts, Max and Alia, had done. I loved The Vessel. There was something different yet familiar about it. … Continue reading / view photos Vessel

Rainbow bagels to the High Line

I had the perfect hosts at the Airbnb I stayed at in Manhattan. My hosts, Max and Alia, were kind, considerate, and knowledgeable. They took me for breakfast at the best bagel place in New York. We then went on to walk the High Line and, finally, they’d booked a trip to the breathtaking Vessel … Continue reading / view photos Rainbow bagels to the High Line

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

New York has not one but at least fifteen botanical gardens! I spent a good chunk of the day at the trendy Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. The Gardens were partly closed for a large expansion that was in progress. Despite that, there was still a lot to see. I ambled around. I spotted a large turtle … Continue reading / view photos Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Desert Island Discs: all the records, books, and luxuries

View photos Desert Island Discs: all the records, books, and luxuries

Coney Island and Kobayashi

On a hot and humid day in Manhattan, I headed for the beach in Coney Island, the south-western corner of Brooklyn. The journey was about 90 minutes on the subway. When I got there, it turned out to be as hot as Manhattan. There was no sea breeze to cool us down. I even walked … Continue reading / view photos Coney Island and Kobayashi