We continue to say our goodbyes and pack in as much of the city as we can. Here’s a quick report on the weekend’s adventures.

Thursday night I attended a Yann Tiersen concert with Katherine Kaneko at The Fillmore. I’m guessing about 75% of the audience spoke French — so the eavesdropping was extra lovely. Before the concert we ate dinner at Bar Blanc and stopped in at Bigelow Apothecary. Also. Yann Tierson was fun, but we liked the opening band even more.




On Friday, as soon as the kids hopped off the school bus, we went straight to the NY Botanical Gardens and spent the afternoon. Playing in the children’s garden. Watering new plants at the family garden. Riding the tram. Walking the forest path. And playing in the fountain. The Botanical Garden has been one of our favorite spots and it was looking especially lovely all done up in Spring blossoms. It was hard for me to walk away.

That night, Ben and I joined friends at Freeman’s for dinner. To get to Freeman’s you walk down a funky little alley and through ginormous wooden doors. It’s a really cool space that attracts some really hip company. The food was delicious. The weather was perfect. It was just one of those magical nights.

On Saturday morning, Ralph spoke at his friend’s baptism. He did a great job — was a very confident and eloquent speaker. That night, Ben Blair and I saw comedian Demetri Martin in Tarrytown, followed by dinner at a local Greek diner. Demetri’s show was terrific, but I got the feeling that most of the crowd hadn’t finished high school yet. So I’m not sure what I think about that. When dinner was over, we realized it was only 10:00 and we weren’t ready to go home yet so we drove to Pinkberry on the Upper West Side and indulged our sweet tooth.

Sunday was the usual loveliness of church and family. It was pretty much the best weekend ever.