Charleston, South Carolina — Day Three

Geechee Gullah Interpreter

Much of today was spent at the Boone Hall Plantation. The property is gorgeous, every inch of it filled with history—some very sad, much quite unexpected and all of it thought provoking. Here are a few of the things I learned: The owners of Boone Hall and most other plantations in the area never lived on the property.  Instead, they … Read More

Charleston, South Carolina — Day two

View from formal garden at Middleton Plantation

The forecast was for rain, not as intense as last night, but intermittent showers all day.  What to do?  Well, breakfast first at Poogan’s Porch, the oldest restaurant in Charleston. To make it even better, Poogan was a rescued dog. I went for well-made grits and, a splurge, a biscuit. It was well worth the splurge. Leaving the restaurant, the … Read More

Charleston, South Carolina – Day One

Horse drawn carriage in front of Charleston mansion

The last time I was in Charleston immediately after hurricane Hugo (1989).  My father was living here, and I came down to help him pack up and move—the devastation from the storm was so bad he could no longer live in his home. Every roof tile was blown off and then it poured, creating a near river pouring onto his … Read More

Wilmington, North Carolina

Live Oak with Spanish moss

Wilmington, NC is definitely not to be confused with Wilmington, Delaware.  The Delaware city is home to many large banks and during my many business trips there was all about business. The North Carolina Wilmington is brimming with southern charm and operates at a leisurely pace. The first stop this morning was to the Airlie Gardens. It was closed throughout … Read More

Norfolk, Virginia (day 2)

Street Art

Today was a long but very satisfying day. I’d read that Norfolk has an arts district, “NEON,” and that it had a lot of murals and street art. That I could not miss. It surpassed my expectations—it covers a large area, with artwork by lots of different people and in many different styles.  I’d walk and think I’d reached the … Read More

Norfolk, Virginia

Mermaid Sculpture

While in Baltimore we had two iconic meals.  At the Crafty Crab Sue had blue crabs and I had crawfish (I’m allergic to crabs).  This morning we had a fabulous breakfast at Miss Shirley’s Café.  When we arrived there was no line, but by the time we were leaving there was a LONG line.  We understood why. Today should have … Read More

American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

Today was the first day of a road trip heading south.  Baltimore is a city with many charms. But for me the place I must visit every trip here is the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). The museum exhibits the work of largely unknown, untrained artists.  This is the art I collect, so to have gallery after gallery of whimsical, … Read More

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2003

Jazz Festival Poster

My friend Kim had use of an apartment in New Orleans’ French Quarter and invited me to attend the Jazz Festival with her. Off I went, anticipating great music, fabulous food, enthusiastic crowds, and heat. Correct on all counts. What I hadn’t imagined were the cooking demonstrations, local crafts (think voodoo), and other activities. The festival was so expansive it … Read More

Rocky Mountain Sunsets


Living in Manhattan I rarely see the blazing sun set into the horizon. That makes nearly all sunsets attractive. Really colorful ones, at the shore, in the desert or on open plains are a special treat. This evening I saw a fabulous Colorado sunset. At first, I didn’t think it would be much. But as the sun dipped behind the … Read More

Alphonse Mucha — North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

My friend Michael introduced me to the art of Alphonse Mucha when I lived in London in the early 1970s.  Mucha, a Czech illustrator and graphic artist, lived in Paris and was known for his stylized Art Nouveau posters. I hadn’t seen much of his work since then.  So, when we arrived at the North Carolina Museum of Art and … Read More