I guess I have more experience than most at eating in the air with the amount of miles I travel every year.
But here's one restaurant in the air you'll never find me dining in!
Random musings about search marketing, flying around the planet, networking and people watching.
And next it's SES, New York. Be sure to be there. This is a monster of a show!
Following the show, I was exhausted and headed back home for a relaxing weekend... In the company of Matt Bailey and his wife Stacey, no less.
It's not very often I get friends from the US travelling up north, so I always look forward to being a tour guide. It's the only time I ever get to see my own city and the surrounding area, actually!
Here they are in front of Grey's Monument. Yes, the very man who invented the tea with Bergamot (although it is said in these parts he actually got the recipe from a Chinese Mandarin he knew). Not many people know that he was from this area. Earl Grey was Prime Minister back in 1830.
But Newcastle's history goes way back when. The picture above has Matt and Stacey standing by the Black Gate, the last part of the defences to the (New) castle which dates back to 1247. And in the background you can see St Nicholas Cathedral which dates back to the 15th century.
Newcastle Quayside goes back hundreds of years and has some wonderful architecture.
But there's a certain change going on the Quayside with some outstanding, yet very unusual looks.
The building you can see behind Matt and Stacey is the new Sage Music Centre. Even though it does look like something from space.
The newest bridge on the Quayside is the Millennium bridge.
On the far side of the bridge you can see the Baltic. I's an old warehouse transformed into a modern art gallery. And sitting right at the top is a very posh restaurant rather like the one at the top of the Oxo Tower in London.
Standing on the new bridge you get an excellent view of the older bridges further up river.
However, perhaps, the most striking piece of architecture in the region is still the Angel of the North.
In the picture above, Matt, Stacey and Tatiana are dwarfed by this huge statue. It's actually the tenth anniversary of the Angel of the North this year,. In ten years it really has become iconic. You can't miss it no matter which way you come into the city from the south.
It's 65 feet high and has a wingspan of 175 feet. It's also thought to be the most viewed pieces of art in the world.
You can't come to the north east without a visit to the sea. So, for Sunday lunch I drove Matt and Stacey down to a favourite beach front restaurant.
And that gave them a chance to go have a little walk on the beach.
It was so nice to have matt and Stacey come and hang out with us for the weekend. It reminded me so much of something that only ever occurs when I tour guests around... I sure do live in a very pretty part of the world
It predates this blog, but the past few years have included Venice, Milan, Rome and this year, Alghero in Sardinia.
Labels: Sardinia Feb 2008
I spent most of last week hanging around 5th Avenue. Which was great. I was hanging out with a big-business industry friend of mine. We had the most wonderful dinner in Chelsea on Saturday night at a restaurant called Gascogne. If you're looking for traditional French cooking in a rustic atmosphere then this is the place. And the food and service are both superb. We also got a chance to talk a lot of business. More about that in an upcoming post.
It was beautiful on Sunday in Central Park, so I went for a stroll before lunch.
I strolled past the Dakota building where John Lennon lived. Yoko saw me and shouted out the window for me to come join her for a cup of tea and a primal scream session. But I told her I was busy and that my throat was still a little sore from last time.
Something else I *always* look forward to is my special Sunday lunch gathering at the wonderful Cafe Des Artistes off Central Park. It's kind of a traditional thing that started with me and my huge buddy Rebecca Lieb deciding a number of years ago that, we should get together for a quiet Sunday lunch. I don't think there's ever been less than six people at these quite Sunday lunch events!
Of course, it wouldn't be the same without my great pal Larry Chase. He and I go way back and have corrected the world and all that is wrong with it over many a Martini in many a Manhattan haunt. At the table above are (from the right) the lovely Kendall Allen from Incognito. Next is Larry Chase and then yours truly. Next to me, the one and only Rebecca Lieb and her new guy, Steve. And joining us for the first time, my pal from way back when in the UK, Chrysi Philalithes from Miva who now lives in New York.
So who was taking the photograph? Well, it was the suave and debonair Matt McGowan of Incisive Media. And when the other suave and debonair guy arrived... Kevin Ryan that is... Not only could we get a pic of them... We could also order lunch!
It's always nice to have someone new join the old gang. And this was the first time that Kendal had met Larry and they seemed to have a lot to talk about. That often means a contribution to Larry's Web Digest for Marketers (let's wait and see!).
Apart from the fact that, I was as sick as a dog last Thursday (and the Patriots lost) it was a splendid hop across the pond to set up what is likely to be a sensational start to the new year for me.
Watch this space. Cheers!