March 28, 2011

Back From The Big Apple

It’s an interesting feeling, to start blogging again after a break.

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who commented on my previous post. Thank you for your kind words and compliments. I’m glad my orange day was so well received. Perhaps everyone has one of those. It’s great that you’ve enjoyed mine.

I’d like to tell you so many things about my trip to New York, and about the Art Expo – which was the main reason why we decided to visit the Big Apple right at that time.

Before leaving, I was worried that everyone has already taken a bite of the Apple, leaving me with nothing at all. That all the books and films that made me so familiar with that city would give me no chance to form my own impressions. Of course, I was mistaken. Just like any large city, New York will always be able to surprise you.

At the beginning of the trip, we arrived into the city in the middle of the night, during something between rain and snow. When we stopped at a traffic light, the guy in the next car (having gestures for us to roll down the window) asked us if we were lost, and if he could help us find anything.

We stayed in a hotel, where half the visitors were speaking German and the other half were speaking French. I even had a chance to say “Bonjour” and “Bonsoire” to a few people. This made me grin in a silly way for a long time.

At the Art Expo, I had a chance to see and get to know many Russian artists and an even larger number of interesting people.

I was deeply astounded by the manner in which New York cab drivers go about the city. I can say, they really know how to do it – driving in a way that makes you feel like you won’t make it there alive, and yet you arrive at your destination incredibly quickly.

On separete occasions, I have visited other New York galleries and museums. I encountered paintings that I have known since childhood through books and magazines.

We walked around the city until complete exhaustion. Had our stay been just a little longer, I’m sure that the soles of our shoes would have worn off completely. How can you feel the atmosphere of a city without walking all around it? We kind of gave up a litte near the end, and purchased a guided tour on a vehicle.

And then...there were many other things, which I will get to soon.



  1. Hello Olga,
    Beautiful photos!
    New York, New York...

  2. là..., l'on se sent petit non ?
    amitié Jean-Philippe

  3. Kauniita ovat kuvasi...
    Isossa kaupungissa on kaikki valtavan isoa...!
    Kyllä pieni kuvaaja taitaa tuntea itsensä melkoisen 'pieneksi' - minä ainakin jouduin vetämää henkeä oikein syvään kun näitä kuviasi katselin...!
    Kevät Terveisn...

  4. Heureux de te retrouver, Olga. Et merci pour ton récit intéressant.
    Bonne journée!

  5. I'd love to visit New York one day. Glad you enjoyed your trip x x

  6. Glad the expo went well. Cities are cool but meeting interesting people is really cool.

    Great piccies!

  7. I hope you'll tell us more about the Art Expo. I've been to New York many times but never to that event.

  8. A nice story on New York and on a visit to the Art Expo. never break in your blog, it is sometimes necessary.Klsické nice pictures of the streets of New York, to know if there's only a movie and the story of Peter.

  9. New York... Nice!
    Taking a break from time to time is good...
    Have a great week, Olga!! XXX

  10. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I can’t wait to hear more about your visit!

  11. Hi Antonio,
    This is exactly the song I kept singing throughout my trip :)

    Hi Jean-Philippe,
    Peut-être parce que je l'habitude de vivre à Moscou je me suis senti assez à l'aise à New York. Le seul endroit où je me sentais vraiment petit était au-dessus du Rockefeller Center.

    Hi Eko,
    Paljon kiitoksia, Eko. NY on todella suuri kaupunki. Minulla oli outoja hetkiä, koska se muistuttaa minua Moskovaan paljon.

    Hi Richard,
    Ce fut un voyage très intéressant. J'espère que je serai en mesure de montrer et raconter tous les détails dès fascinant.

    Hi Sarah Elizabeth,
    New York is definitely on the list of places one must visit. It leave such an enormous impression.

    Hi Sarah,
    It's easiest for me to meet new people at exhibitions of this type. The people who visit them share an interest in art, which makes it easier to start a conversation.

    Hi Ingrid,
    I'll definitely make a post about the Art Expo. After living in Toronto for ten yeas, this was my first time visiting New York. That's pretty weird.

    Hi petrolin50,
    We actually saw the filming of some TV shows and even movies on the streets of New York.

    Hi Lena,
    This break is really necessary. I'd like to keep the feeling of it for a long time.

    Hi Charlene,
    I really anticipate describing my visit in more detail. Right now, I am exhausted :)

  12. I'm looking forward to more tales of the city. Love what I've seen so far.

  13. Oh wow! It is great to see New York through a visitor's eyes. I kept wondering how I would feel as I hope to visit N.Y. one day. Exciting. And there is more to come?

  14. Love these pictures, the first one is incredible! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to NYC. I want to visit the city one day too :)
    Looking forward to read more!

  15. I was there around Christmas with my wife and our two boys and my wife's sister and so and so. We were a party of 12 family related people. We drove all the way up and down from Athens, Geogia, 4 adults and 4 chidren in a car. NY is always awesome, isn't it? If interested you can find some of our impresions looking around December and January in my blog.

  16. Sometimes I can't believe I lived there for 15 years. Glad you had a wonderful, dizzying time! I like that pict of the Flatiron building. :)

  17. Such incredible photos. I have only been to New York twice but I had a great time on both occasions.

  18. I am not a city dweller, nor do I do well in cities. But I have great respect for the fore-fathers who built those beautiful buildings like the Fuller Building. Glad you brought home great stories to share with us who are 'wide open space lovers'.

  19. I have always wanted to go there. I hope you had a great time. I love the building in the second photo.

  20. A pleasant stroll through the Big Apple, I like the perspective you've given to highlight these towering skyscrapers.
    Greetings .-

  21. I love New York! Beautiful photos.

  22. Hi lilylovekin,
    Oh, there will definitely be more tales :)

    Hi aguja,
    Despite my anxieties, I really loved New York. I am now in the process of preparing my next post.

    Hi M@risa,
    I realize that everyone sees something different in one city. I'll try to show what I saw at a particular moment.

    Hi Pet,
    I have read about your New York trip. You had quite an adventure! I don't know if I'm right, but it sounds like you would have been there right at the time of the snow storm.

    Hi Lydia,
    15 years is quite a long time. You must know every corner!

  23. Hi Happy Frog and I,
    Going twice would be a lot for me. Can you imagine that this is my first time visiting it? I was waiting for New York to call me :)

    Hi goodnufranch,
    All my life, I have lived in big cities. Nevertheless, life in wide open spaces has a special appeal to me, just like life among tall buildings has a special appeal. I hope my stories will be interesting to you :)

    Hi Randy,
    I had a wonderful time. Although I was very anxious to be disappointed when I was about to go there.

    Hi Enrique,
    Yes indeed, New York is all about skyscrapers. I have also found a diversity of architecture besides skyscrapers, and it was very interesting.

    Hi Talli,
    New York is definitely a city everyone should visit if they can!

  24. Thankyou for sharing your New York experience with us Olga. I have been all the way across the world blog reading today from New York to Brisbane!

  25. Your text is very interesting, i liked your read ! :))
    ... And your photos are superb ! Beautiful style !!


  26. (Olga, the little boy on my blog is my nephew Adam from Prague).Petr.

  27. Hi Olga,
    your blog ist GREAT!the new york story is very nice.I LIKE your ORANGE fotos!!!
    sorry for my english.

  28. I know several couples who have returned recently from a visit to NY. You capture the downtown perfectly.

  29. Good morning Olga
    Your blog is very nice. Thank you for the nice pictures from NY. It's very interesting.
    Thank you for your visit and the comment on my blog. It's very, very nice.
    Have a nice day and all the best from Switzerland.

  30. These photos are AWESOME!! I'm glad you had a great time in NYC. You make me wanna go there again soon. ;)

  31. Thank you very much for visiting my blog, Olga.
    I was delighted to find yours. It is very interesting and fun and full of good pictures.
    NY still do not know, but I hope to do soon.

  32. Hi Lindy,
    Isn't it amazing? Whenever I look at your blog, I just feel the air of Italy and its fragrances.

    Hi Mahon,
    I'm gradually recovering from the trip, and trying to summarize what I've experienced.

    Hi petrolin50,
    Adam is very handsome; you can tell him that :)

    Hi Mary,
    Thank you very much!

    Hi Meglena,
    Feel free to write in any language you wish. I will use my electronic translator. Thank you for being my follower, and for your nice comment.

  33. Hi Paul,
    Now I know why it's so crowded in New York :)

    Hi Yvonne,
    Thank you for visiting my blog, and being my follower. I appreciate your comment. I'm very curious about life in Switzerland, so, it'll be interesting to follow you.

    Hi Jennifer Fabulous,
    Thank you. Wouldn't it be great to snap your fingers and end up in New York whenever you're in the mood :)

    Hi wunderkammer,
    I'm glad you're enjoying my blog. I'm working on more posts about New York.

  34. Olga:

    It is nice to hear someones favorable impression of New York, having grown up there I too was always amazed at the changing dynamics of that energized city. As you so aptly pointed out it is a confluence of many cultures and interesting people coming together and the arts is certainly a big part of the city's life blood. Interesting also that it is a very walkable city, I don't find that here in the Pacific South or North West.
    Oh taxi drivers, their secret is they drive side ways, while the rest of us drive in a linear style following the road.

    Love that first photo, got dizzy looking up - looking forward to seeing and hearing more about the art conference.


  35. Olga, I look forward to seeing New York in your perspective. You gave us a very nice taste.

  36. Magnificent photos of New York, with an excellent perspective. Greetings

  37. Hi Joanny,
    I think New York and I have understood each other :) It was easier for me to adjust to New York and all its specificities because I have lived in Moscow. It was interesting to know that you grew up in New York - and the secret of the NY cab drivers!

    Hi lifeshighway,
    I'll try to show the interesting things I have seen and learned :)

    Hi Leovi,
    Thank you; it's a big compliment from such a talented photographer.

  38. What a great first taste of NYC. I have always wanted to go (especially to the Met Museum of Art) and never been..yet. I hope you will have more stories and photos to share with us on your visit and of the Expo.

  39. Hi Dolly,
    I am going to do a post about the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wanted to stay there forever.