Ask anyone and they'll tell you that half the fun of going down the Florida Keys is the view from the Overseas Highway (or A1A as it is also known). We had the added thrill of going back up the Keys to Key Largo, effectively the first of the Keys after one leaves Miami or the mainland generally. It is about a 2½ hour trip from Key West to Key Largo.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
We ended dining at the hotel on our last night. This is undeniably convenient. Our server (a young woman of obvious intelligence) is living in Key West with her naval boyfriend. She told us her mother is pushing her to get married to the chap as soon as possible but clearly she is not to be pushed.
Monday, February 25, 2019
Our favourite dining spots are: 1) breakfast at the Reach in a nearby hotel also run by the Waldorf Astoria; 2) dinner at Louie's Backyard; 3) lunch or casual dinner at the hotel. In the past we've ventured towards Duval Street at La Te Da and the Pier House which, while both good, were too much work to get there and back. We've also tried a new start-up place located between the hotel and Duval Street but it was rather more intense than I wished to repeat.
My fondest recollections of Key West involve touring about the island, something I began about 40 years ago by foot or bicycle - and, if I am to be completely honest, occasionally by crawling homeward in the early hours of the morning. Those days of indulgence have long gone. Now my delight is bicycling along the coast (South Roosevelt Boulevard) from Casa Marina to the bridge near Thompson Island. The sidewalk is wide enough for both bikes and pedestrians; and the sunshine is interminable!
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019
"It is very hard for the mind to disengage itself from a subject in which it has been long employed. The thoughts will be rising of themselves from time to time, though we give them no encouragement: as the tossings and fluctuations of the sea continue several hours after the winds are laid."
Addison, Joseph. “Essays and Tales”
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Monday, February 18, 2019
Mara Palmer, an interior decorator who worked on yachts and offices as well as private homes in the United States and Europe, died on Nov. 20 at her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She was 77. The cause was lung cancer, her family said. Among Mrs. Palmer's assignments were the Restaurant Daniel on East 76th Street, a French restaurant that opened three years ago, and the Upper East Side apartment of James Berry Hill, owner of Berry-Hill Galleries, whose home was featured in Architectural Digest in 1992. Mrs. Palmer is survived by a brother, Angel Srebrov of Lucerne, Switzerland; a stepdaughter, Audrey Palmer Neville of Los Angeles; a stepson, Michael Palmer of London, and four granddaughters. Her husband, Paul Palmer, died in 1983.
Published in The New York Times: December 2, 1996
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
Feuds of this nature, though too frequent in the country, are very fatal to the ordinary people; who are so used to be dazzled with riches, that they pay as much deference to the understanding of a man of an estate, as of a man of learning; and are very hardly brought to regard any truth, how important soever it may be, that is preached to them, when they know there are several men of five hundred a year, who do not believe it.
Excerpt From: Addison, Joseph. “The De Coverley Papers.”
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Friday, February 8, 2019
"Country Life was launched in 1897, incorporating Racing Illustrated. At this time it was owned by Edward Hudson, the owner of Lindisfarne Castle and various Lutyens-designed houses including The Deanery Sonning."
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
"Bowman Original's head designer Ned Bowman lives, breaths and dreams jewelry.Ned was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1955. As a young man Ned accompanied his parents on frequent antique shopping trips to the French Quarter of New Orleans. During these trips Ned was exposed to fine antique jewelry. In particular, Mrs. Greenblatt of Rothchild's Antiques on Royal Street spent time with Ned showing him finely crafted jewelry pieces from the past. This introduction triggered Ned's lifelong fascination with jewelry."
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
The day began enthusiastically. Through the partially closed vertical blinds in my bedroom the brilliance of a sunny day was evident. It required little effort to confront the early-morning arthritic obduracy and to withdraw from my cosy lair. With uncommon grace I completed my morning ablutions and shortly was in the kitchen composing my breakfast of cut fruit, black coffee and steamy oatmeal. This and honeycomb with walnuts completed my introduction to the day. Soon I was on my bicycle in the warm, clear air.
Monday, February 4, 2019
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Friday, February 1, 2019
Throughout most my historic lifetime I have been an unrepentant slave to routine. I seek to enlarge the diminution by advancing that - perhaps by definition - the commitment has entitled me to a calculable degree of production and gratification, first by strength of familiarity, second by virtue of being a proven source of pleasure. Granted both features can readily be condemned for lack of originality and the absence of adventure even intellectual ingenuity. There are nonetheless instances in which dilation is less attractive than dilution. If one prefers a scientific persuasion a chemical case pertains for distillation or condensation - including possibly the spiritual metaphor of purification.