Monday, April 9, 2012

gibraltar, new york and mid-century modern glass

Albert and Alex took my Canon EOS Rebel off to Gibraltar for Spring Break, including the fabulous wide angle lens that has been providing all the excellent pictures of the tiny bathroom spaces. Gibraltar is a really unique place, I have visited once. It is a one mile wide by five mile long British Colony off the coast of Spain, at the entrance to the Mediterranean. Gibraltar's population hovers around 30,000 and is an interesting mix of Spaniards, Moors, British and Jews. It was a safe-harbor destination from Spain's fascist leaders, back in the day. Albert's mum and dad are from Gibraltar, and Albert was born there during a brief interlude when the parents thought they might move themselves and their four, then five kids back to Gibraltar from the states. Albert texted me a few pictures from his camera.

This is a picture of a picture of the country (no kidding)
 on Albert's camera, sorry for the quality. Rock is on the right.

Weary travelers up for over a day. Albert's Mom, Alex and cousin Jordan.
Check out the "TGI Tapas Friday" sign.

Alex eating apple pie (?) in Gibraltar looking more rested.

On an "I heart Steve Jobs " note, I didn't realize that iPhone users can text and send pictures for free using iMessage, even internationally! Um, wow. How will the cellular companies be able to pick your pockets for ridiculous out of country roaming charges? The New York Times explains what a carrier killer this new service is (a shocking rip off of BlackBerry, believe it or not).

I took the opportunity to sneak out to my favorite city, New York, New York, after a business trip to Markham, Canada (brrr). My favorite cousin and I had a little spring break of our own. We stopped in at the ultimate mid-century modern glass store, The End of History. End of History got a nice little mention here at Racked, "One of my favorite shops in my West Village neighborhood is The End of History. Having been around for nearly 15 years, they've amassed an exceptional collection of vintage ceramics and glassware from the 50s and 60s and even a small Art Deco section."

I bought a lamp to hang over the dining room table. No this isn't this the one, but the tri-color beauty below was tempting. You'll have to wait for Albert to install my new treasure to see it.

Absolutely Italian and stunning.

Not only did we do a few musicals including The Book of Mormon and Priscilla Queen of the Dessert (strongly recommend both says Marsha, me and the New York Times).

Killing time, I got to play with some fun technology at the Starbux in Times Square.

Me on the Starbux billboard
We bumped into Nicki Minaj in Times Square as well. She was kind of getting in the way of us getting over to Priscilla Queen of the Dessert. You just don't know what is going to happen in NY.

On our last night, we visited the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial at sunset. It. Is. Perfect.

9/11 Memorial at Sunset. 

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