The view from our hotel room
I just returned from a delightful weekend in Manhattan with my dear friend. The weather was perfect, with a balmy breeze, and we two country girls played like City Slickers.
First, we went uptown to Henri Bendel [or Bendel's, as everybody calls it]on 5th avenue and had the total face make-over. Ummm, that felt good! My friend's daughter is getting married next week, so a fancy new look was in order.
Then we watched a very special demonstration in the window...shoemakers making custom shoes while you wait! But no, not for us...
We saw young lovers, just like in Paris
And pretty girls, out for a night on the town
Then we went up a block to my favorite store, Bergdorf Goodman, to see the artfully designed windows...
...which were okay, but nothing to write home about...
I did like the background paintings by this artist
John Gordon Gauld
Inside the door we were greeted by this installation. hmmmm. Not really my style. What do you think?
Saturday night we had dinner at the closest thing to a real French restaurant that we saw. And it was fantastic! I will definitely go there again. And I can find it, because...
It's right next door...
To Sardi's. [ I hope she didn't get stood up.]
But the best part of the trip was Sunday morning, when we went to worship at the Times Square Church, right across the street from "Mamma Mia".
This huge church is headquartered in a theater building originally built by Warner Bros. in 1930 as a movie palace, the Warner Hollywood Theatre, which was later converted to a Broadway venue, the Mark Hellinger Theatre.Upon its purchase, Pastor Donald W. Wilkerson, brother of David Wilkerson and one of the church leaders, declared that the theater would not be altered, saying "The theater is landmarked and it will remain the same."
I wasn't sure I should be photographing like a tourist, but I had to just grab one shot as I entered the building. The inside is even more beautiful, but once we entered the sanctuary, I forgot about everything but the worship and the music and the beautiful Spirit that was present there. Everyone stood and sang for 45 minutes, and Jesus was the center of all praise. It was such an uplifting experience, and quite a change from our own little country church of about 75 people. As the hundreds of voices raised in "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name", I really heard for the first time that verse that says
Let every kindred, every tribe
on this terrestrial ball
to him all majesty ascribe
and crown him Lord of all
And indeed, as I looked around, I saw the Face of Heaven in those worshippers...black, white, hispanic, asian. A young Korean lady next to me, two elderly Mennonites next to my friend, two arabs in front of us, an African in her homeland dress...every kindred, every tribe, and all part of the Family of God.
à bientôt, mes amies