Despite it being near the top of our shortlist of possible places to move to, and just a short walk across the park from our current location, other than a couple of brief forays we hadn’t spent any time at all on the Upper West Side. Last weekend we decided to remedy this – in the end we found ourselves there on both Saturday and Sunday – and I’m very glad that we did.
Over the years I’ve marked the change of the year in a number of ways, from house parties and dinners through to board games at home, but I’ve never really been one for big New Year’s Eve celebrations. These days I see it more as an opportunity to do something enjoyable – get together with people I like, open a bottle of better wine than usual, cook a nice meal – rather than make a big deal out of the whole thing. Continue reading
Following our early celebrations we flew off to spend Christmas proper in the Bahamas. I realise this sounds terribly jet-set, but is a big advantage of having family living in interesting places!
As I’ve blogged previously, the run-up to Christmas in New York seemed to start at Thanksgiving and continued throughout December as more lights and decorations appeared every day. As we were going to be away for the day itself (of which more in part 2), we decided to keep our own decorations to the minimum.