To start, may I just say that this travel posts are driven through the gantlet by a number of imagination challenged mouse milkers. All I have to do is post a photo of food with a chive on the plate and some have a spittle-fecked nutty. I am amused by your notes, though note impressed. On that note, today I spotted varying attempts at the use of the image of the “gantlet” in the MSM to describe the process of impeachment of Pres. Trump – who will probably be acknowledged as one of the greatest of presidents. Here is a screen shot from Hell’s Bible:
Good job. Nice use of the rarer spelling.
And now for a food shot. Behold, borscht. I yearn for this stuff and always make sure that my visits to NYC include a big bowl. Please take note of the exclusive and elitist gourmet bread and sour cream and the fancy slice of lemon in that iced tea.
After the newly hung Christmas decorations came tumbling down onto our table, we had a walk to the Strand. Or rather, our sedia gestatoria bearers had a walk while we threw loaves of bread and lottery tickets to the crowds. Because, you know, traveling is clearly about that.
Then to the Met for some viewing of opulent objet d’art which are clearly elitist.
Naturally, I had to stop for another gourmet meal. Don’t be deceived. That might look like sauerkraut, but it’s really gold leaf made to look like sauerkraut. And the fact that I have it, means that those people looking longingly in my direction can’t have one because this is a zero-sum game.
Here is a great Dutch Vanitas painting, which I offer to my critics with these words:
You are all going to die, so you had better get all your nitpicking done as soon as possible.
Note the tulip. This was painted in 1603 while the tulip madness was going on. The bottom would fall out of the market in 1637.
This is a great 16th c. Mexican St. Michael made from feathers!
They provided a mirror so you can get another angle and see the iridescent side of the feathers.
This was very cool. Blaise Pascal, French philosopher connected to the Jansenist movement of Port-Royal, was also the inventor of a calculating machine. He was trying to create some income with this gadget but it never really got off the ground. Here is a “Pascaline” from 1647. I was particularly happy to see this, because I recently read a great biography of Pascal by Marvin O’Connell, a priest of my home diocese who taught history at Notre Dame for a long time. US HERE – UK HERE
The exhibit is “Making Marvels”. There are fascinating gizmos from the Kunstkammer culture. Here is an early cryptography machine, as finely crafted as any jewelry.
I was really underwhelmed by the Christmas tree this year. All the elements were there, but in the wrong order. And the lighting was simply dreadful. This is, I hear, the first year that this person did the decoration.
More decadence. Some will not fail to notice the display of sea weed underneath these oysters, which surely makes them even worse.
Sometime we have to use a velvet glove over the iron fist. Here’s my new set of gauntlets, spotted in the exhibit about how the Emperor Maximillian II used armor as a tool of politics.
These should do the trick.
And some more opulent decadent. This is
sybaritic carrot cake.
It really looks like this is being pushed in my direction. Happily, it was shared by five. I don’t have dessert very often since I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. But I do like carrot cake.
Today, we have sunshine. I’m meeting a cop for lunch: pernicious deli…. probably evil.