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Barbara in Florence, Italy

On September 8, 2017

Barbara is planning 10 days in Florence, Italy, with her friends Catherine and Sally in April, 2018. Barbara and Catherine first spent time there almost 25 years ago, and now they want to introduce Sally to the pleasures of Tuscany.

Amanda in Bermuda

On July 12, 2017

Amanda spent the 4th of July with her family in Bermuda. They enjoyed some mini family adventures exploring Crystal Caves, swimming in a turquoise lagoon, and catching the sunset in the middle of the ocean. A fun and active time was had by all!


Hamilton

On June 27, 2017

Barbara finally got to see “Hamilton” on June 25th, and it was indeed powerful as well as entertaining. Afterwards family and friends gathered for a fabulous dinner at Seamore’s in Chelsea (thank you, Michael and Donna, for making that happen!).
 

Trip to Dublin & Killarney

On May 19, 2017

Barbara is back from a brief but beautiful trip to Dublin & Killarney. She had 2 days on her own in Dublin, where she got to see the Book of Kells & explore the town on foot. The train ride south was a chance to see the flowers of springtime against the green countryside. In Killarney she joined her younger daughter, Jen, & Jen’s husband Tim, on Mother’s Day. We drove up to see the castle that Tim & his brother Frank are restoring, then to Kenmare House where everyone was staying. “Everyone” included Frank’s wife Angelique & most of their 14 kids, Tim & Frank’s 92 year old mother, & several nieces. The next day it poured rain, but the last day in Killarney was a fine one. Jen & Tim convinced Barbara to bike around Killarney National Park & the lakes, & she only fell off twice!
 

Tim, Barbara, & Jen at the castle Tim & his brother are restoring

Happy Spring!

On April 16, 2017

Happy Spring! Hat designed and made by my granddaughter, Clementine Hecker, elicited many compliments and smiles at the Easter Parade. Clementine’s mother, my daughter Jennifer, and her husband Tim have invited me to join them in Ireland in May. I’ll be leaving on the night of the 11th for Dublin, and meeting them in Killarney on the 14th – back on the 17th. Welcoming any suggestions for my short time in the Emerald Isle! Barbara
 

Nicole’s Vacation in Sedona

On February 25, 2017

Nicole just came back from a lovely vacation in Sedona, Arizona with her family and in-laws. She enjoyed the beautiful weather, spectacular vistas, and lots of hiking in the Red Rocks. She even got to visit the Grand Canyon—-incredible!


Quick trip to Paris

On January 17, 2017

Barbara snuck away for 4 nights in Paris with her sister Daphne to see this exhibition of Impressionist art at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Great little apartment near Notre Dame; fabulous food; & the clouds & occasional rain did not spoil anything. Back on MLK Day – thanks to Nicole for covering!
 

Happy New Year!

On January 2, 2017

Here’s hoping you all enjoyed the holidays. Barbara flew to Tulsa to spend time with her father, sister, and nephew, all of whom were sick within 36 hours of her arrival. She had planned to drive to Bentonville, Arkansas, home of her older daughter, Amy, so she left a little earlier (and luckily, did not get the flu). Younger daughter Jen and her family joined the festivities, so Barbara got to see both her daughters and all 3 grandchildren for Christmas.
 

Barbara Re-connecting with 2 Friends

On October 13, 2016

Barbara recently had the pleasure of re-connecting with 2 of the friends from last September’s week in the southwest of France. Jim and Ron visited NYC from their home in Seattle, and their top priority was a real pastrami sandwich. They were satisfied by the humongous ones at Katz’s Deli, and appreciated the “ambiance.” Afterwards we had a very interesting tour of the Tenement Museum. Jim had always wanted to see Flatbush Avenue (Barbara: “So there’s Flatbush Avenue.” Jim: “Ok we can go now.”) and from there we toured some of Brooklyn and had chopped liver and matzo ball soup at Mile End. (“We can’t get this kind of food in Seattle!”) In appreciation of her tour guiding, Ron and Jim treated Barbara to an Italian feast at Scarpetta on their last night in town. They’ll be back next spring, and have already bought tickets to “Hello, Dolly!” with Bette Midler. Can’t wait!

 

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