Full disclosure, my family lives in New Jersey and I hadn't visited in abour 4 years and not met them close to 18 months. What a great excuse to get there this fall and of course go into the city too. Bonus - a university friend whom I hadn't seen in over 15 years was visiting her sons in the city, and we would get to visit.

Not a very auspicious start, I took a tumble on the escalator at Billy Bishop on the way out! Good news (later) nothing broken, not so good (right away) very, very swollen left wrist and of course pain. Fortunately the lovely stewardess gave me ice on the flight and that kept the swelling down.

Anyway, not to be discouraged I went into the city on Sunday having bought tickets to see both Richard III and Twelfth Night. Shakespeare's Globe production in repertory, all-male cast playing both male and female roles, they were presented in the custom of how Shakespeare’s plays were first staged; actors participating in the pre-show ritual of dressing and preparing their make-up on stage, in front of the audience; music played live on traditional instruments; and lighting created almost exclusively by 100 on-stage candles, it was definitely worth the effort and Mark Rylance was absolutely riveting as Richard III (one of my least favourite Shakespeare plays), and Olivia in Twelfth Night. Stephen Fry played Malvolio. I had a perfectly wonderful day.

Went back on Tuesday to meet my friend, we spent a couple of hours at the MET; a wonderful exhibition called Interwoven Globe, the Worldwide Textile Trade 1500 - 1800. It was fascinating with textiles from India, Japan, China and Portugal to name some of the countries. It showed how the textiles actually influenced each other and the examples were stunning to say the least. The roof garden commission by Imran Quereshi was to my mind, more forceful in pictures than reality. Perhaps because the painting on the roof in a deep burgundy (old blood-like) in the shape of paisley and even flowers, seemed to resemble blood spatter in the photos of the installation but didn't have an impact when viewed. It was disappointing. Did a quick walk through of Balthus, Cats and girls too. 

Had a rockin' lamb shish kebab (my friend opted for one with rice) at the Halal Guys at 53rd and 6th close to MoMa on 53rd. Said goodbye to my friend and went for a look through before meeting another friend for dinner at the Modern; MoMa's one michelin star resto which left me a bit underwhelmed. Must have been the late kebab lunch!

Spent a lot of quality time with my neice, brother and sister-in-law. The weather was pretty spectacular in that special way that certain days in the fall are; not too hot, not too cold, glorious foliage and sunshine! Oh yes, also went to see Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart in Waiting for Godot. It was in previews and though Ian McKellen I thought was terrific, think the rest needed a bit more time to settle into the play and themselves.

Looking forward to seeing several of you in the near future.