Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lately in Princeton...

So I've been sharing pictures and stories from my trips to New York and Philadelphia quite a bit, but there's not much in this blog regarding Princeton, the place in which I actually live and spend most of my time. So I figured I'd start showing you the sights of Princeton and the PU campus.

Last week, I went to the Richardson Auditorium to see the Brentano String Quartet. It was so good! I really like instrumental music, especially strings and piano, and I was super excited for this concert. The Richardson Auditorium is a really spectacular venue. Once I saw the building and found out it was an auditorium, I knew that I needed to go to a concert before I left Princeton.

Just a small walk away from Richardson Auditorium is Nassau Hall, the oldest building in Princeton University. During the summer, I was attending yoga classes every Wednesday evening at Yoga Above. These classes are wonderful in so many ways. The teacher, Marissa, is so nice and friendly and she leads a lovely Integral Yoga class that's at the right energy level for me - not too easy, not too strenuous. The studio is really great with practice spaces facing Nassau Hall and the small park in front of it - a perfect view! So every Wednesday evening, I would stroll on down to Nassau Hall, sit on the steps or the grass and read for about an hour before going up for an awesome yoga class.

Near to Nassau Hall is Chancellor Green, a hugely impressive building that's so screened by trees and other buildings, it's not possible to get a proper photo of the place. I could get a picture of this bell though. Isn't it cute?

Of course, I'm still seeing a million squirrels and even some squirrel tracks in the pavement!

And on a side note, it's autumn!! Or fall, as the Americans put it. I'm excited for pumpkins, tasty apples, perhaps some apple cider, warm comfort food and soups. The leaves have started to change colour (it's magnificent) and I can sense an end to the extreme humidity.* Soon, I'll be able to wear long trousers, tights and jumpers all the time and curl up on the couch with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. Win!

*I hope.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Philadelphia: Here and There

Just a few pictures of some other sights around Philly...

The train station was very impressive!

 Reading Terminal Market... Tasty!


The obligatory squirrel!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Philadelphia: City Hall

There are lots of lovely buildings around the City Hall in Philadelphia. They make for a lovely stroll and picture-taking experience!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Philadelphia: Museums

Sunday was a museum day. I visited the Penn Museum first. The building was really nice and the exhibitions were mostly laid out well. I went to the Maya 2012: Lords of Time exhibition and found out that the world will not end in December, phew! I also saw a few mummies and a sphinx, which were awesome!

After, I strolled along some lovely residential streets to the Rosenbach Museum and Library... and fell in love! This museum may be the best thing I've visited in the States yet! It's main attraction is the Maurice Sendak exhibition in which his illustrations and stories are housed in a nice bright room. I've seen the movie "Where the Wild Things Are" but had never read the book, or any book of his. After I saw his charming prints and boundless imagination, I plonked myself down on the comfy couch and read all of Maurice Sendak's books that I could while waiting for the tour. It was perfect!

The tour was so good - the downstairs of the Rosenbach house contains Philip Rosenbach's art collection and shows the house's incredible decor and furniture from the start of the 20th century. The next floor contains Dr. Rosenbach's super impressive book collection, including a first edition manuscript of James Joyce's "Ulysses" and handwritten notes from Bram Stoker's "Dracula"... two notable Irish authors, I may add. I can't recommend this museum enough to anybody slightly interested in books or art, or even someone just looking for an interesting exhibition to attend.

After this amazing experience, I took a stroll through Rittenhouse Square and then had such a tasty dinner at Twenty Manning Grill on South 20th Street.

Seriously, perfectly cooked scallops, nicely wilted spinach and crunchy salted chips... Heaven...
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