Friday, 10 October 2014

New York New York.

Hello there!
Thanks for popping by. Am having a lovely lovely time with Grace


Who is just a bundle of fun and energy. 


I have to say, I almost bought tickets for Inky Boots! Ooh I thought! I wonder what that's about! 


Until I realised the K. Seen it. Great film anyhow!


Times Square. Even crazy at 10 in the morning.



But don't look up - it'll make you dizzy....



And then you turn off the main drag, and boom! You're in Flower lane. Florist City. 


And tucked away in little courtyards you find the most fantastical art...


Had to sit down. Had walked the length of Manhattan looking for flip flops to buy.  Out of season....


So let me tell you a story. Robert, centre-stage, is Grace's oldest, bestest friend from California. They have been buddies since they were nippers, knee high to a grasshopper. Robert is a magical dancer. Always was. 
When they were little, Grace and Robert always sang, did acrobatics and danced. They played at musicals, made up performances, and the world was a stage. Grace went on to become an actor, and is here in New York, making it happen. Robert went to NYU for Dance, and stars here in a brilliant Dance show called Illuminate. Which is wonderful. It is coming to Europe on tour in April. And just goes to show that you move towards what you picture in your mind. Matthew on the left here is another brilliant young performer, and also making it happen. And how cool that they now all live here in New York! They look out for each other here, and I am happy about that.


Here we are at Stardust, a New York Diner on Broadway. It's a real special place, where all the waiters and waitresses are performing artists aspiring to get into a Broadway musical. And they sing while they work! Yep, they belt out all your favourite musical numbers whilst whizzing round serving! And what voices!! This was our server, standing on the seat ledge singing Happy! My favourite song! Last year apparently, 18 young people got picked up here by producers and talent scouts, and are now in mainstream shows on Broadway. Brilliant concept. And these guys are performing here on Broadway in their own way too! 


So yeah. A glimpse at New York from another angle. 
Travelling back tonight.....
See you on the flipside!



Lots of love,
Barb xx

45 comments:

  1. I am so glad you had a fab time with Grace and know how hard it must be to have to head home again BUT you have right to be so so proud as she clearly has your drive and determination and brains so you can leave each time knowing she is a strong independent woman who can look after her self BUT has fab friends to support her to !
    Have a good flight and look forward to hearing what Grace is doing next too !

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  2. Hi Barbara. It's great to see some pics of you and Grace. Wow, love the butterfly piece. So many people only visit the big tourist attractions and miss amazing sights. How nice that you know Grace has good friends that look out for her. Mum's never stop worrying do we, no matter how old our babies are : ) Enjoy the rest of your visit. Take care.

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  3. It looks like you are all having a wonderful, if not exhausting, time! Travel back safely. Xx

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  4. Hello Barbara,

    Lovely pictures, thank you for sharing and good luck to the 'three amigos'. Is Kinky Boots the film about the shoe factory which made boots and shoes for transvestites? If so, it is based on a true story and was filmed here in Northampton.

    Love, Roz.x

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  5. How fantastic, haven't been to New York since 1999, makes me want to revisit now. Have a safe trip back, looks like you had a fantastic time

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  6. That week went qjuick sounds had a good one, love be pictures and share with us. Safe flight and time goes quickly and your not to sad at leaving Grace big hugs xxx

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  7. Looks like your having a fab time , enjoy today .
    Safe trip xxx

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  8. Wow what a fun magical week with the very amazing Grace. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Travel safely.

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  9. Great pictures, I would love to visit that Diner, sounds like such alot of fun. Lovely read this morning, safe journey back x

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  10. Hello Barb, what great pictures, looks like you are having a smashing time. That diner does sound amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a safe journey back. Bx

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  11. Fascinating! Glad you're having a great time. Pat x

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  12. It must be very reassuring to see Grace so well, happy, bouncy but also looked out for and supported. New York looks amazing. I've never been to America but your trips and photos are moving it up my wish list.
    Time spent with our children once they've flown the nest, never seems long enough but it makes each visit even more special and treasured. Remember to have a big pack of tissues with you at the airport. Safe journey home and hugs to Grace xx

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  13. Looks fab Barb, enjoy xxx
    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. You're in a New York stat of mind! Love to Gracie and friends, I hope its not too long before you guys can be together again (there is real magic in the air when you are in the same place... I know, I've felt it!). Come home safe to us Barb xxx

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  15. Hi Barbara thank you for sharing your week with us. I hope Grace hugged you as much as the crisps and chocolate! I loved the flower street and the butterfly tree (I can see a stamp and stencil!) and the diner sounds amazing. As a mum isn't it great to know that your child has friends who are there for her and watch her back. You gather friends like that in your life and just hope they find them too. You are right to be so proud of your beautiful daughter and I hope she and her friends succeed in their chosen careers. Safe journey home and you won't be needing flip flops here - more like welly boots !!! Have a great day. Love Diane xxx

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  16. Hi Barbara... Thanks for the pics and news .. You sound like you had a great time .....safe trip home ... x

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  17. So pleased to hear you're having a wonderful time the bond between a mother and daughter is very special. I must go to Stardust when I'm next in new York it sounds fabulous. Have a safe and hassle free trip home.

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  18. So jealous! We used to visit New York almost every year but life has conspired to keep us away. It is such an amazing place. We must make time to go back.

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  19. Oh what a fantastic time you have had with your girlie. Xx

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  20. Great insight to New York. Isn't it so lovely Grace has good friends around her make you feel so much better . Glad you both had a good time x

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  21. Hi Barbara,

    I can see you had a lot of fun... The trip was a little bit to short I guess...
    But what can I say: Years ago I won a trip to N.Y. in a competition from MTV in London - the long forgotten days when they still played music videos and Ray Cokes was the host. This was a trip only for a weekend... but we stayed at the Waldorf Astoria... beautiful memories...

    Have a safe flight back.

    Best wishes

    Rolf xxx

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  22. Fabulous pictures and insight into your wonderful trip. Thank you so much! xxx

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  23. Sounds like you need to come back for a rest! (Some hope I hear you say.). Safe trip.

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  24. Brilliant pictures and lovely to share a little of your visit. What a great idea that restaurant is.
    Have a safe journey home
    Jackie x

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  25. Wow I would love to visit that place, just watching XFactor as I speak. There is something so uplifting when you see people achieving their dream. Did you get your Flip Flops then? Xx

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  26. Fantastic to live the life you wanted too from such a young age fabulous to look after each other safe journey home xxx

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  27. I can literally feel your joy bouncing off the page. As Amanda mentions when you and Gracie are in the same place there is magic. Have a safe return and thanks for sharing.

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  28. Love your happy pics, Barbara- you really look as if you are enjoying yourself, apart from the sore feet!

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  29. New York looks great Barbara, and I guess if you live there you get used to it's manic lifestyle. I would love to visit sometime. You must feel sad to be leaving her behind but happy in the knowledge that she is doing well and has good friends who look out for her. Have a safe journey home. x

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  30. Hi Barb,
    Great blog and pictures will make happy memories and stamps, and stencils!
    Have a safe journey home. xx

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  31. lovely to see you all having a great time <3
    You can't put a price on spending time with your beautiful girl.
    we miss her loads.
    lots of love xxx

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  32. Thanks for sharing photos of your very special time with your daughter. Grace seems like a very driven, ambitious, talented but grounded woman ... wonder where she gets that from? Wishing her and her friends every success, and wishing you a safe journey back, Susan xx

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  33. that has gone quick! glad you had a few days with Grace all to yourself. safe jouirney back, hugs xx

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  34. Hi Barbara
    So glad your having a great time with your daughter, these times are so precious.New York looks fantastic I wish I enjoyed travelling but I get so stressed I never enjoy the time away.

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  35. What a fabulous place. One day I will get there. Sounds like you have had a tremendous time. Thank you for sharing this with us. Xxxx

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  36. Hi. What a lovely snippet of your time in New York. I haven't been there but it looks amazing - thank you for sharing your special time with Grace.

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  37. Oh your few days has gone by so quickly but so many lovely memories to bring home. Have not been to New York and I don't think I am likely to go so thankyou for the tour. Grace has such a beautiful smile you must be so proud of her. All of my family piling in tonight to help me celebrate Birthday, will be mad but fun. Safe journey home. xx

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  38. Wow the restaurant with the singing waiters must have been amazing. Your daughter is a very beautiful girl.
    Lesley

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  39. I love this blog today. So happy. Have a good yourney back. xx

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  40. If anyone wants to watch the film 'Kinky Boots' it is on BBC2 on Sunday 12th at 10.35pm.

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  41. Thank you for sharing it's lovely to see you both having a great time, love the photos .. Hope you had something yummy at the diner too .

    How lovely that Grace is with friends too, that must be lovely for you too Barbara, to see them all grown up and doing well

    Much love

    Kim xx

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  42. Lovely pictures Barbara, thanks for sharing Anne x

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  43. Thank you for your kind sharing of what looked like a magical time with your beautiful daughter xxx loved seeing your pictures safe journey back to blighty xxxx hugs

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  44. Oh that butterfly sculpture is just beautiful, it must have been magical to have found that.

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  45. The restaurant looks like a scene from Glee! Looks like a great time was had by all....

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x