Everything was starting to bloom on a recent trip to Long Island, New York. The scenery was dotted with the white blooms of dogwood. Despite all of us coming in on 4 different airlines and into two different airports everything went without a hitch. We picked up a rental car and headed to our vacation home in Saint James Long Island, a picturesque village that time forgot on the north shore of Long Island. The old homes were beautiful and the scenery in the bay was astounding. After an incredible Italian dinner that evening, cooked by my mother-in-law, we headed out in the morning to the end of the island past all of the farms and fruit stands on Route 25, past Nikola Tesla's old laboratory, to Greenport. Greenport is an old whaling village that was established in 1640 by colonists from New Haven. It was the first permanent European settlement in New York. The first stop was to have seafood in Claudio's, the oldest continuously family-owned restaurant in the United States. Then walking through Greenport we saw tree peonies. The blooms are bigger than your hand and absolutely beautiful. We stopped at the produce stands on the way home for fresh asparagus and spinach.
Our own home for the week was on three acres and adjacent a Quaker's meeting house from the 1800"s. The property had lots of flowers starting to bloom and trees. Even the grass was full of tiny 'Johnny Jump Ups.' Well no trip to Long Island is complete without a trip to the city. The Long Island Rail Road brought us to Penn Station and from there we took a cab to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) then we walked through Central Park and saw the Egyptian exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Are you ready for the ride? Well, here we go.