Take a virtual Vacation from the city – Southern Maine

Take a virtual Vacation from the city – Southern Maine

Cape Porpoise, Maine is a small coastal village in the town of Kennebunkport, Maine.

It is a small fishing village on the southern coast.

While most likely you would want to stay in busy Kennebunkport,

nearby Cape Porpoise is a quaint quiet working fishing harbor.

Take the short drive out to the Cape Porpoise Pier and you will witness working fisherman, hauling lobster traps, fueling their boats and heading in and out of this pretty tidal harbor to the Atlantic Ocean.

Every time I imagine I have found my little seaside haven. Much of Cape Porpoise

has that old-fashioned feel – the way Maine used to be.

As a nice touch to your visit you are close up to one of Maine’s oldest lighthouses.

Goat Island Light is stationed here in Cape Porpoise and is  best viewed from the Pier.


There are four restaurants in the area. One has great take out food.
Can be enjoyed  while siting on  the benches at the pier.
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NYC -The National Museum of the American Indian -Lower Manhattan – Free

The National Museum of the American Indian

This is one building you can’t miss! One Bowling Green facing Broadway and Trinity Streets. Just a stones throw from the famous “Wall Street Bull”. And, only a short walk from Castle Clinton and the Statue of Liberty boat entrance.




The U.S. Custom House is a seven-story structure on the south side of Bowling Green.


It has a grand set of stairs facing Bowling Green.




Everything seems huge and as you enter the interior feels immense but is very simply laid out with a spectacular rotunda.

The second floor gallery houses the permanent exhibition other floors were not open. Masterworks from Native cultures highlight the collections. If you are at Battery Park it may be worth a visit. This is Part Two – Part One – here

The collection of art and artifacts are from a variety of tribes spanning hundreds of years. The individual items selected for showing are outstanding. However, I did not get a sense of history as everything is organized geographically rather than chronologically. While the exhibits are excellent,  they seem a little lost in such  a large building.

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As I said earlier, I enjoyed the individual artifacts and was glad that I went inside this majestic building.

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NYC – Madison Avenue – South? Native Fashion Now comes to Lower Manhattan

Part One

Lower Manhattan on a bright sunny day… hot, humid and in need of “coolness”. What better way to escape but to visit the  NYC Museum of the American Indian.

The museum  is located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in New York City. ( more on this on next blog.) Free admission too!

During this visit they had on display an exhibition “Native Fashion Now” Nearly 70 works spanning the last 50 years Native fashion designers and artists from style-makers to maverick designers. The show emphasizes fashion and creativity in Native culture. I share a few photos from this exhibit. I will share in the next blog some of the interesting exhibits in  other parts of the building..

Part two will cover the building history as well as the other exhibits.





“Native Fashion Now” is on view through September 4, 2017.


Petersburg, Virginia – coming back

Growing up, busses were very popular. Kate and I stopped in Petersburg, Virginia and I noticed an old bus Terminal.

Maybe you still have an old toy bus somewhere? If so, post a pic of it on FB…


NYC – The Explorers Club -worth a visit


The Explorers Club

Walking to Central Park along  east 70th Street.  I was intrigued by the façade of a building that looked like it was Elizabethan England. I Crossed the street to have a better look and peered through the heavy metal door. Inside, it looked like a private club all wood and leather chairs. Also there were all kinds of interesting items hanging from the walls. Of course it didn’t dawn on me to look at the nameplate on the door before looking – The Explorers Club.



I hesitated a moment and then opened the door and was met by a very friendly receptionist. I asked if the club was open to the public and she said it was a private club but that I could visit the  first two floors. What a treat, I was about to become a faux explorer for a few hours!



What is the Explorer’s Club?

Founded in New York City in 1904,  the private Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, ai, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by members. Members must have participated in some form of scientific exploration. The club is filed with souvenirs you won’t find anywhere else, such as an Explorers Club Flag Carried on the moon, a taxidermied Siberian polar bear and a ship’s bell from Admiral Byrd’s expedition.

Upon entering, I had the feeling that I was entering an old estate in England… Tudor. Jacobean and wood everywhere!


Members Lounge

First floor foyer



Second Floor

The Clark room is the largest in the building where the walls are covered with noteworthy flags. One of these flags is taken to the Gobi Desert by paleontologist Roy Andrews. – I mention this because he was the inspiration for the movie “Indians Jones”.



The Library Room



There are still four more floors but they are not open to the public.

Als0, one block awayfrom Central Park and the Frick Museum.

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The NYC Arches -Grand Army Plaza – Washington Square Park – Others you may have missed

What is the most recognizable monument in Paris? – Would it be the The Arc de Triomphe?  In NYC, we have several to select from but at least one person from Brooklyn may be more familiar with the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza.

The Grand Army Plaza was designed as the main entrance to Brooklyn’s well-known Prospect Park.

The soldiers and Sailors Monument dominates the Plaza – it is quite an impressive arch!Inside the arch are wonderful equestrian relief sculptures of Lincoln and Gran

The statues that sit about halfway up the arch represent “The Spirit of the Army” and “The Spirit of the Navy”. They were added around 1900 Statues  on top of the arch and depicts “Columbia”, who is generally used as an allegorical representation of the U.S.

To the north of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument sits Bailey Fountain. A popular spot for wedding photos, the fountain shows a man, woman (representing wisdom and felicity) and a boy holding a cornucopia. They stand on top of the prow of a ship surrounded by Neptune – god of the sea – and a triton.

While writing this, I wondered if there were other “Arches” in NYC. Here is what I found…

There is more than one Grand Army Plaza in NYC

The influence of European arches can still be found in NYC

Assistance from Untappedcities and CurbedNY

At the southern entrance to Central Park is the Manhattan’s  version of The  Grand Army Plaza. General William Tecumseh Sherman, his steed, and guiding angels stand on the northern half of the plaza, gracefully and confidently striding towards across the street to the Pulitzer Fountain and the entrance of the Plaza Hotel. Sadly no Arch,

Washington Square Arch – I imagine that most visitors, when visiting the Village, have been to Washington Square Park. The arch here was originally built of wood to honor the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration. Later, it was made out of marble and was inspired by the Arc de Tromphe.

Manhattan Bridge Entrance – The entryway to the Manhattan Bridge was inspired by a different Paris Arch – the triumphal Porte Saint Denis

American Museum of Natural History – The Central Park West entrance to the American Museum of Natural History was modeled after the Arch of Constantine and is known as the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial.  It has four notable explorers in sculpture at the top: Daniel Boone, John James Audubon, William Clark and Merriweather Lewis.


FACADE OF THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING –The Arch of Constantine also served as the model for the facade of the Municipal Building. The building’s terra-cotta vault  was inspired by the Palazzo Farnes and its columned entrance was possibly modeled on Bernini’s Colonnade, at St. Peter’s. I don’t think many non city people visit this area.




Dewey Seaman Arch – This mostly forgotten arch is now partially obscured behind buildings in Upper Manhattan. The arch is a remnant of a once wealthy family and is  said to be an exact replica of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

also, there were two temorary Arches at Madison Square Park but removed years ago.

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NYC – Space collections recently auctioned at Sotheby’s



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Space Memorabilia

Timed to coincide with the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing Sotheby’s displayed a wide variety of material from both the American & Soviet space programs., I took some photos so I could share with you some of the collection. I imagine that these items may stay in private hands and therefore not be seen again by the public.

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