Cape Town versus New York

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Cape Town versus New York
Summer in Cape Town and snowy weather in New York City!

Big contrast between sunny Cape Town versus snowy big Apple. Take a sip or a culture shot from both worlds!

Desiré

Cape Town is a wonderful place to be especially during summer. The surrounding winelands offer a breath-taking scenery.
I really love going to beautiful wine estates and have tastings. For me It's the perfect opportunity to learn and discover what you like and don’t like and it's a great way to try new wines without having to spent money on a bottle that you might be disappointed with.

First I went to the Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate in Somerset West where you can experience an olive oil tasting. Like wines, olive oils have complex notes ranging from buttery, grassy to peppery and everything in between. Instead of doing the olive oil tasting I had a wonderful lunch at 95 at Morgenster and tried some oils that were offered during the lunch. Because of this great lunch I ended up buying an expensive white truffle oil that I really don't need, but really want to try!

During my time at the Morgenster there was a huge forest fire due to the dry, hot and windy weather. An extensive cloud of brown smoke could be seen creeping towards the suburbs of Summerset West. The sun appeared red due to the smoke and dust. It gave me a sad feeling after spending such a beautiful afternoon there.

Life goes on and so does wine tasting!!. The next morning ( yes, morning!) I explored the decadently sweet and savoury art of wine and chocolate pairing (for which the wine estate is famous for) at Waterford Estate outside Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands close to Cape Town. Three unique wines and three special chocolates were displayed on a platter and it was very tasteful! At the Blaauwklippen vineyards I enjoyed "Ons Sprankle" it is a perfect bubbly all-round wine perfect for hot summer months.
The Guardian Peak Winery has a fantastic restaurant where I enjoyed dijon mustard & brown sugar glazed Eisbein, mashed potatoes & chardonnay braised cabbage. The dessert was dark chocolate fondant with hazelnut ice cream. Mmmmmm!

I ended my trip at Paranga Restaurant at Camps Bay. It has a great vibe and fabulous view over Camps Bay beach. Soft white sand and aqua marine seas, Camps Bay Beach is the place to be during the summer months......Goodbye Cape Town for now!

Margré

This time New York City changed into a white city. It started snowing in the morning and it kept snowing the whole day. At the subway around the corner of my hotel on 34th street I took the R-line to Prince street in Chelsea. I decided to visit the New Museum because I wanted to see the exhibition of Pipilotti Rist. Elisabeth Charlotte Pipilotti Rist, is a visual artist who works with video, film, and moving images that are often displayed as projections. A must see for an art-lover like me!

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, founded in 1977 by Marcia Tucker, is a beautiful museum in New York City at 235 Bowery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The seven-story 58,700-square-foot facility, designed by the Tokyo-based firm Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA and the New York-based firm Gensler, has greatly expanded the Museum’s exhibitions and space. In April 2008, the museum's new building was named one of the architectural New Seven Wonders of the World by Conde Nast Travelers.

When you take a look at the outside of New York's New Museum you will notice a pair of skeletal towers extending from the roof and a 30-foot sailboat precariously suspended from the facade. Both are part of artist Chris Burden's project "Extreme Measures". The two skeletal towers certainly reference the Twin Towers, and the boat on the facade is intended to evoke a rescue ship in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

I had to stand in line in the snow and cold to get a ticket but it was worth it. It was such a unique visual and sensory experience. And it was a very real and expressive type of contemporary art. I look forward to future visits when the exhibits change.

After my culture shot I walked around Prince street and ended up in Dean & Deluca on the corner of Broadway and Prince street. Dean and Deluca is a chain of upscale grocery stores carrying specialty foods, including prepared dishes, plus home and kitchen items. I bought some fresh made sushi and sea weed salad and returned to my hotel by subway again because I had to leave a couple of hours later for the airport to fly home to Amsterdam.

It was a very short stay in the Big Apple but it was a great 'tête a tête’ as always! New York never disappoints me. This vibrant city gives me so much energy and inspiration. And the white snowy accent gave it an extra touch of magic this time.

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New York, something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue

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New York

New York...the city that never sleeps! We've already visited New York City many times but there is always something new to discover. And it doesn't always have to be a big discovery. One of these little suprises is the UO café. It's part of Urban Outfitters and is situated next to the shop. Beside all kinds of drinks you can make you own salad and choose from the most delicious ingredients, all healty and reasonably priced. We bought some lunch and before we walked to Central Park we had to deliver a letter for a friend of Margré at the citizenM.

CitizenM is a hotel chain based in the Netherlands. This contemporary, cool hotel is an 11-minute walk from the edge of Central Park. The lobby is a living room away from home. It has an upbeat designer feel, with terrific art work, books and objects of art. The design assumes intelligent, digitally-literate guests, for example, with open computer stations where guests check themselves in and out. So if you want to spend a couple of nights in the middle of Broadway: go on the internet and book a room in this hotel! Meanwhile Margré borrowed some clothes and dressed herself as an English Queen in the lobby of the hotel...a funny feature the hotel offers to promote two brand new venues in the United Kingdom.

We had our UO-lunch in Central Park enjoying a partly blue sky and a nice view of the skyline. The Park was established in 1857 on 778 acres and is the most visited urban park in the United States. It is also one of the most filmed locations in the world. At the time we were there a wedding took place. Such a good place to say: "Yes I do!"

We wandered around the city afterwards and found Paley Park, a hidden oasis in midtown, including a piece of the Berlin Wall. A waterfall, trees, and ivy covered walls transport visitors to a place away from the sights and sounds of the city. Before we had to go back to the Netherlands we picked up some delicious sushi at Roll & Katsu Kitchen on 32nd street near our hotel to be sure we had some healty food during the flight back to Amsterdam.

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