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Grand Central Station

Grand Central with windows and center clockI spent three days in New York to attend a relative’s wedding. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt on 42nd Street with easy access to Grand Central Station. The shops, bakeries, and crowds extended down corridors that turned into a maze if one didn’t remember how to return to the hotel.

Christmas shoppers increased the density and made it more difficult to move from one place to another. Booths with unusual gifts to buy lined one corridor. Musicians played at some intersections. Tours with at least fifteen to twenty sightseers offered the station’s history.

We had about an hour to shop. I bought a shirt with the Eiffel Tower on it, Ariana bought a sweater, and Mitchell bought a tie. He forgot to bring one from home. Of course, there was always time for a coffee latte, biscotti, or cannoli.

Grand Station outside terminal signOutside the temperature ranged in the low thirty degrees but it didn’t seem that cold. On Saturday late afternoon, before the wedding began, we crossed 42nd street to Cipriani, the restaurant where the wedding took place. We didn’t wear jackets. One homeless person asked if we were cold. Yes, but it was refreshing and fun.

I people watched for character notes, but the architecture, buildings, the old and the new,  called my attention. I’ve returned with a variety of settings for new stories and memories of an awesome wedding.


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Back from Europe

On the plane ride to France, I read Cara Black’s Murder in Glichy. Each of her mysteries take place in a different part of Paris. Reading her book and being in two countries for a few days made me want to use European settings for future stories.The Air France Bus I took from the airport stopped at the Etoile Arc de Triomphe, a few blocks from the apartment where Mitchell wrapped up the board meeting held there. We were fortunate to be able to stay at that same apartment above the H&M on the Champs Elysees. The location was ideal with shops, restaurants, and multiple theater choices. The Lauduree store across the street had a continuous line of macaroon cookie lovers eager to buy several flavors. A longer walk in the opposite direction from the Arc led to the Lourve and the Seine River. We could see the top of the Eiffel Tower between buildings so we rushed over to it when the sparkling lights were showing. The choice to leave Paris for a day and a half with a short tour of Germany was not an easy one to make. However, since we had been to Paris two other times and never to Germany, we accepted Mitchell’s colleague’s invitation to stay at her house. Tomorrow I’ll blog about that adventure.

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