Hana’s Bithday Celebration

On my previous post I talked about how and why I ended up in NYC at this time of year. Usually I go there at Chrismas time, but this time was for a special occasion.

Beginning of February my niece Hana, was about to turn 18th so she demanded that I fly to NYC to celebrate her birthday together. I promised her that I would be there on her birthday, and that I will even make her a fancy birthday cake.

I was as a bit nervous about how the cake will turn out but at the end Hana liked it and this is what matters. It was a chocolate cake with white butter cream inside, and it tasted delicious. Outside it was wrapped in beige fondant! It was my first time that I worked with fondant and, to make things worst, I had a small amount of fondant to work with. This made the decoration process a bit challenging for me; however, at the end the cake turned pretty. Not so perfect, but certainly cute and fancy!

Hana was at school at the time we baked the cake and decorated the table and the backdrop, so when she returned home she was pleasantly surprised and liked everything what we did. She even became emotional, so we saw a few happy tear drops on her beautifull smily cheeks. I knew Hana’s taste. She doesn’t like things to be over the top, in this case over the top decor. She would find it kind of “cheesy”, so I had to be carefull to not cross that line which would make the decoration seem “cheesy” to her.


For backdrop decoration we used gold round placemats we had at home, fancy pinwheels and HOORAY lettered sign purchased at Target, some tissue paper cut in wide stripes and fringed at both sides lengthwise which were hung at the right side of the wall. It was a very simple set up but it turned very pretty and effortlessly stylish.

Here are some of the photos from the celebration.


Time to lit the candles

Let’s cut the cake

Enjoying the cake

And later on she oppened the presents….

It was such a beautifull day filled with plenty of family love and happines.

Thank you for reading.

Besa

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Stroll Through Some of The Most Iconic New York City’s Buildings


My recent stay in NYC was one that will be remembered for its duration, fun and the great time spent with my sister, niece and nephew.

The idea to visit NYC during this time of year was initiated last summer by my dearest niece Hana. My sister, niece Hana, nephew Rron and I, usually spent summer holidays together in my beach house in Turkey. However, last summer Hana was not able to join as she attended an interesting summer IT programming course in NYC, but she demanded that I must visit in February and celebrate her 18th birthday together. I promised her that, no matter of what, I would be there on her birthday, and I will even try to make her a fancy cake.

So I did. I arrived in NYC four days before her birthday, made her the cake, celebrated her birthday, and stayed two more weeks in Big Apple strolling through the fun and grand streets of Manhattan and enjoyed the beauty of some of its majestic buildings.


1.The Metropolitan Museum Of Art


Whenever I visit The Met I am always amazed not only by the work of art gathered there, but also by the building’s grandness.

The museum’s original architect Calvert Vaux designed a High Victorian Ghotic-style building for the museum, but its president soon regarded the building as a “mistake” with its outdated style, and engulfed the structure with further expansions making it the largest museum in the United States.

I was lucky to visit The Met at the time when Michelangelo’s work of art gathered from the museums around the world as well as from private collections was exhibited at the museum. It was a life time opportunity, and I am so lucky that I got to experience that.

The Building


Michelangelo’s Work of Art

3New York Public Library

It is simply grand building from the outside and in. Two marble lions, known as Patience and Fortitude, flank the building’s main entrance along Fifth Avenue; inside, the Rose Reading Room may be the loveliest and most majestic public space in New York. The 51-foot high ceilings feature intricate sculpted moldings and painted clouds. It is also one of the city’s newest landmarks.



3.Grand Central Terminal

I read somewhere that this building is over a century old and is home to many hidden treasures. There is the Whispering Gallery close to the iconic Oyster Bar; the Campbell Apartment, a hidden bar within an old office; the secret tunnel that connected the train station to the Waldorf Hotel; and the fabled “M42,” a bunker that may contain electrical equipment, but no one really knows. But if you never uncover its secrets, you won’t be missing out the terminal’s grand main concourse, which makes the terminal perhaps the prettiest train depot in the United States.


In one of the tunnels of the terminal you may enjoy the best napoleon pastry at Financier patisserie. My sister and I shared one napoleon, and it was the best of the napoleons I have eaten so far.

4.Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Always love to visit this site, be it as a by passer or when attending the performances at the theatres or at Opera House. The Center’s main plaza and its iconic illuminated fountain is a New York City site landmark on its own.








Verdi’s “Il Travatore” was the opera that my sister and I attended this time at the Metropolitan Opera House. Thanks to my niece Hana we landed superb orchestra seats at very affordable price, and the performance of the “Il Travatore” opera cast was superb.





5.Rockefeller Center

Place where everyone wants to be during the Holiday Festivities and take a picture of beautiful decorated settings. It is fabulous place around the year though.
It was quite chilly the day we visited the site, but it is always fun being there and snapping some pics.

6.St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The City’s most famous of worship is a neo-Gothic marvel, with ornate decorative elements-spires, stained glass windows, marble cladding that makes it stand out amid Midtown’s skyscrapers. The massive renovation project which began in 2012, has restored some of the church’s most iconic elements including the heavy bronze doors, its ceiling, and the massive organ.

During my stay there I also took every opportunity to stroll through the magnificient central park and enjoy everything this beautiful place has to offer. It is a stunner in every possible way.

And eventually the day to return back home came as planned, so I left this place filled with fantastic memories and beautifull time spent with my sister and her family.
Until next time!