A Magnificent Holiday

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The Metropolitan Museum

Before the summer escapes entirely, I really must tell you about my whirlwind vacation to New York and Ibiza! I’d like to name the highlight of the trip, but, frankly, this was a trip with so many highlights I simply can’t. The entire experience was filled with culture and beauty and I loved every minute of it!

In Manhattan, I stayed at the Sherry Netherland, such a marvelous old-style hotel, right in the heart of Fifth Avenue, across from The Plaza. I haven’t stayed there for years, and it was the perfect starting and ending spot for each day’s adventure.

I enjoyed a wonderful day at The Met and spent most of my visit savoring the incredible exhibition of costumes by Tokyo-based fashion artist Rei Kawakubo. You may know her as the women’s wear designer for Comme des Garçons (also the name of the exhibit), and the show includes many garments from that collection as well as more challenging wearable designs that explore dualities (Design/Not Design, Self/Other, Then/Now, Absence/Presence). Her creations are known as the art of the in-between.

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Cristóbal de Villalpando

The Met is home to over 500 years of art from every corner of the world; one could spend days and still not see all of it. While there, I also re-visited some of the classics of the museum’s collection, including Rodin sculptures and Picasso paintings. I also viewed the show of incredible works by Cristóbal de Villalpando, which featured his earliest masterpiece, a huge painting that juxtaposes Old and New Testament subjects. And, of course, no trip to The Met would be complete without lunch in the dining room.

My trip to New York also included two terrific Broadway musicals, “Dear Evan Hansen,” which swept the Tonys, and “War Paint,” a stunning evocation of the rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein.

 

Hillrock

Hillrock Estate Distillery and Farm

It was my good fortune to escape the city for a lovely day in the Hudson Valley. My friend Cathy Franklin and her wonderful husband, Jeffrey Baker, sent a car and driver to bring me to their award-winning establishment, Hillrock Estate Distillery. They live on 70 acres about two hours north of the city in a 200-year-old house, which was moved there and restored with East Coast perfection and the most gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley. It was wonderful to visit with them and absolutely fascinating to see how whiskey is produced.

 

IbizaThe other part of my trip was a journey to the gorgeous Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza. My niece fell in love with the island, rented a house there, and invited me to join her for a week. It was divine. Among other things, we visited the new Nobu Hotel, took a speed boat ride to the island of Formentura, swam in the Mediterranean, lounged around and danced on the beach at the Blue Marlin, had a beautiful lunch in the middle of a garden at La Paloma, and enjoyed more delicious meals than I can count.

What a vacation!