Category Archives: Observations

Tintagel:Colombo, Sri Lanka

Also posted in Hotel, Travel |

An unplanned return visit here for lunch- delicious grilled avocado filled with with shrimp poached in a light sauce and then a small crab tart with chilie- on the way to the airport and our 24 hour journey back to NYC. Not only was this previously undiscovered restroom as tasteful and interesting, with its black and white swirled bowls, as the rest of the hotel, but the tiny container of burning incense in the lower left corner emitted the most amazing odor of ginger and clove and unknown scents. Yum.



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Jetwing Lighthouse: Galle, Sri Lank

Also posted in Hotel, Strange |

All western toilets here have a spray option next to them. This is by far the most luxe version I have seen. Even has a drain in the floor to keep allow the water to seep away. I now understand why so many of the toilets have had wet tiles. Nevertheless, I have been stumped as to how to dry off after spraying. Bring paper towels into the stall? I still don't have a good answer, but being poolside and already having a wet bottom, this became a lovely alternative to soggy toilet paper. (My friend suggested the sprayer was to clean the floor!).

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Heritance Kandalama: Kandalama, Sri Lanka

Also posted in Hotel, Nature |

Here in the heart of the jungle at an Eco lodge. Shades of the lodge on the Serengetti last winter with this tub where one soaks while looking out at the scenery. In this case jungle, mountains and a large lake. The cacophony of calls at dawn would rival rush hour in midtown Manhattan for volume.

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98 Acres: Ella, Sri Lanka

Also posted in Hotel, Sightseeing |

Up in the hills of tea country sits this eco friendly lodge with about 12 rooms in stacked units with 2 per house. Lots of windows, wood and stone. In fact all the faucets are stone and water flows as from a natural outcropping. We are misted by clouds much of the time. Women comb the mountainside with sacks held on their backs by a strap across the forehead. All quite magical.



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Kula Yoga: Manhattan

Also posted in Commercial Space, Decor |

When I go to a spot that has stones or shells, I tend to bring a few home to bring their energy into my everyday life. Clearly these folks understand that inclination. Love that they have them lining this old porcelain sink. They do seem to have been a bit confused about the color of the stall. Looks like they tried it all fuchsia to start and then decided to repaint the door gold. Works for me. And did I forget to rave about the classes here? Consider them raved about.



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Mezzogiorno:SOHO, Manhattan

Also posted in Dining, Out & About |

A day downtown can feel like a day in Europe with its small boutiques, sidewalk caf├ęs and relaxed pace. I highly recommend it for an easy R & R with a friend. We picked this place based on the white table clothed table on a raised mosaic platform on Spring St. Turns out the food was as delicious as the setting and the collection of Joseph Cornell like art boxes in the back are delightful. No wonder it has a wall of laminated articles and awards near the restrooms.

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Mayia’s:Marfa:TX

Also posted in Commercial Space, Dining |

Sophisticated interior with excellent Italian food. Maya was a friend of Judd's daughter who accompanied her to Marfa after the death of her father... and never left. A theme of many of those we met over the last several days- many of them New Yorkers.

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The Block:Marfa,TX

Also posted in Art, Sightseeing |

This is the living complex that Donald Judd renovated for himself. It has the only restroom in Marfa that doesn't have Meyers organic products. Judd was a precisionist for whom everything was placed exactly including the many books and paraphernalia cluttering his huge work tables. He also believed in living with his work, so every "studio" space- and there are several in the complex of buildings here and those he owned around town- has a bed in it.

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Chinati Foundation:Marfa,TX

Also posted in Art, Sightseeing |

Marfa is a lot like a Texas version if Brooklyn- filled with artists, groovy shops and great food. Good coffee not so easy to find. Artisanal everything else is. Obviously Chinati is following suit with its product choices. A trial to get to, this homage to the artist that Donald Judd envisioned and executed in this dusty, deserted part of Texas is both deeply moving and surprisingly instructive. Well worth the journey.

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La Langouste:Flamands,St. Bart’s

Also posted in Dining, Out & About |

I love the simplicity of a fish tile in a white bathroom. This restaurant is located in a charming small hotel on the beach. We are lunching here for the second day in a row. Mojitos and fresh grilled lobster. Yum.

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