Graffiti show at 21 Precinct, New York

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On August 24th we were invited to the graffiti show at 21 Precinct.

The show ironically took place in the old 21st police Precinct (327 East 22nd Street) which, from 1863 and for 50 years was notorious for corruption and brutality in a [formerly]seedy part of town.

Curated by Robert Aloia & VNA Mag, it featured Adam Dare, Al Diaz, Amanda Marie, ASVP, Bad Pedestrian, Ben Angotti , Bill Claps, Bishop203, Bunny M., Cash4, Chris RWK, Chris Soria, Coby Kennedy, Curtis Kulig, D. Gaja, Danielle Mastrion, Dasic, Dizmology, Duel, ELLE, Erasmo, Esteban del Valle, Faust, Ghost, GIZ, Hellbent, Hue, Icy & Sot, Iena Cruz, Jesper Haynes, Justin Carty, Ket, Lexi Bella, Li-Hall, Lorenzo Masnah, Matt Siren, Mr. Toll, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Nick Tengri, Pesu, Phil, Pixote, RAE, Rambo, Ricardo Cabret, SAE, Savior Elmundo, Shery-o & The Yok, Shiro, Tone Tank, URNY, Vexta, X-O.

Pure delight.

Cicerone in New York

These past 10 days I have been acting as a Cicerone for my sister and her partner. We really enjoyed having them in our Chelsea apartment. It was also a great opportunity to see NY from the eyes of a tourist again, which I sometimes fail to do since I have been living here for 3 years now.

There are a ton of anecdotes and discoveries behind these pictures, but you have to come to New York to experience them ;-)

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Atlanta and Houston in mid August

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Back in New York the first thing I did was… leave again. A quick business trip to Atlanta followed back to back by a trip to Houston.

Both trips and meetings went well, and the team of professionals in those meetings were, dare I say, the top in their respective fields in the world. It was a work-related pleasure.

But the one thing I will remember the most from those trips, even more than the delicious upscale Hugo’s Mexican restaurant in Houston, will be the black swans I met at the very nice Omni Houston Hotel.

Surprising Poblet restaurant in Valencia

I admit it, there are still great restaurants in Valencia that I have not tried yet. But I am on a mission to change that.

While Samsha remains my all-time favorite despite its location, before we flew back to New York we tried the Michelin Guide starred Poblet restaurant.

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I shouldn’t be surprised, since I ate at Quique Dacosta’s El Poblet in Denia a few years ago and knew he was onto something. And while it does not reach the level of inventiveness and fun Samsha reaches (with a fraction of the cost), it is definitely worth the steep price.

Saying bye to the summer in Valencia

The last week of July and first two weeks of August my wife and I were in Valencia with the kids. What a wonderful summer!

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Seeing my son brave the waves to slide into the Mediterranean sea from a high boat slide, my daughter ride her horse into the sunset, or enjoying movies on a big screen in our terrace overlooking the sea and the city, were memories that I will cherish forever. Thank you for all the love <3

3 days in Barcelona in July

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After the cruise my wife and I took our American relatives to Barcelona for 3 days. Nothing new for me there except the Sagrada Familia (yes, it’s true: after countless trips to Barcelona, I had never visited the amazing architectural wonder), although there are some things I can never get tired of, like Gaudi’s architecture, or Picasso’s museum.

Staying at the convenient and elegant Hotel España, next to the Liceu, was a great idea, made even better by their Martín Berasategui’s restaurant Fonda. Great food, great art, wonderful Barcelona as always.

Family Mediterranean Cruise Day 6: Palma de Mallorca

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The day at Palma was very nice. We strolled through town, enjoying the Cathedral’s altars (by Gaudi and Barceló), the typical architecture, tried some sobrasada, bought some ensaimada, and went back to the ship feeling at home. After all, I spent many summers in nearby Ibiza and visited Mallorca many times.

Family Mediterranean Cruise Day 5: Tunisia

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Knowing that the organized excursion to Tunisia was going to be exhausting, the kids did not come with us, so we had plenty of time to explore La Goulette, Sidi Bou Saïd, and the National Bardo Museum.

There is no doubt Sidi Bou Saïd is picturesque and nice to visit. Clearly Mediterranean in its colors and folklore, it reminds you of the Greek islands or even Ibiza (the old twon).

But what was really impressive was the incredible Roman mosaic collection at the National Bardo Museum. It brought me vivid memories of the archeological expedition I joined 15 years ago in Van, in the border between Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

Family Mediterranean Cruise Day 4: Palermo

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My visit to Palermo was a brief one, because there is not much of interest for the kids and in any way I prefer the North of Italy to the South: climate, personality, food, culture… so we disembarked, were incessantly approached and solicited by local “tour guides” and other merchants as you would expect in the North of Africa, took a walk – fortunately the seaport is near the city center – and went back to the ship.