I mentioned last week that we’ve really been whooping it up with the birthdays and all. We are supremely fortunate to live in New York City where you can really do just about anything at any time. We have had the great fortune to partake in these quintessential activities these past weeks:
We went to see Once for my birthday. We are big fans of the film and you could have seen me jumping around like a nut in my living room when the main song won an Oscar. Go Ireland! The show they have put together on Broadway is beyond wonderful. And I’m not a musical fan. It wasn’t too much of a surprise when it won Best Musical at the 2012 Tonys.
One of my favorite spots in the city. Pastis makes you feel like you are in Paris. That is all. Well, I could go on about that bread…
One of the birthday celebrations spilled over into the next week. We ended up having a cocktail in the dark (or two) at the secret Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Station.
Paging Cary Grant! Not to sounds like complete lushes but we met a new friend at the Plaza for cocktails one Saturday afternoon. She was staying there and didn’t have a ton of time so she twisted our arms into popping over. I love that it is immortalized in film in one of my favorites, North by Northwest. Do you remember Cary Grant rushing through the lobby to head up to his room? Piece of trivia: He really lived there and Hitchcock said he didn’t need to give direction since Grant certainly knew where he should be going!
On our way home from the Plaza we decided to walk through the park. It was a gorgeous, even cool early evening and we were able to stroll all the way home. As we were going along we heard music and came upon this group of couples dancing to what we have decided was old French and possibly polka . It was like a dream!
To cap off the birthdays, my brother got tickets for opening night of Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House. Even if you’re not a fan of ballet, there is the superbly magnificent music of Tchaikovsky. The cygnets and the swan were glittery and fluttering. The villain and the prince were striking and bold. Amazing.