New York--Enn Brasserie(great fresh tofu, soba noodles with warm duck broth), Barney Greengrass, Spicy and Tasty in Flushing, brunch at Resto. Lots of baby doll tops with leggings or tight jeans. NOT a good look for anyone over 25, although we had dinner with a woman who solved the problem by pouring her ample bosom into a neon orange bra that she wore under her filmy top. It certainly drew the eye away from what looked like her third trimester.
I did check out Yarn Co.(row counter) and Knitty City(bryspun circulars, 4 skeins bamboo) on the Upper West side for some, ahem, supplies that I forgot to pack. The Barnes&Noble nearby has a surprisingly good selection of knitting books where I picked up a copy of Alice Starmore's Ganseys book.
Milan--tight suits with heels, models past their sell-by date accompany wealthy older men to meetings, dinner and ? Speaking of food, this begins Mr. Mary's assault on the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna. He has brainwashed Bandit into joining him in this task while I sample salads at lunch and go easy at dinner.
Bologna--great university town with a maze of medieval streets and lots of bookshops.
Pisa--Hotel Queen Victoria is a wonderful old hotel complete with a plaque from the Automobile Club of France from 1951. Rooftop terrace is a riot of vines, bougainvillea and potted plants. Yep, the tower's still there.
Provence--alfresco lunches followed by a nap before watching Mr. Mary whip up another regional dish. And yes, I've been knitting furiously on the swatch. This cable is a 12/12/12 plait that involves ersatz short rows on the crossovers and I'm mulling over the possibilities of a 5/3 cable knitted through the back loops for extra pop. I plan to cast on this weekend.
Anny Blatt Factory Outlet field trip is scheduled for next Thursday. Please dress casually and wear comfortable shoes. We'll be stopping afterwards at a local cafe for a light lunch and a possible side trip to Monoprix. Trip price doesn't include wine. Meet at the Mausanne post office at 8:30 am sharp.