August 24, 2019

Blog Memories: Visiting Turkey Hill

Here's the blog I posted after a memorable visit back to Turkey Hill, my former home in Westport Connecticut, in June of 2017.

I am so happy to share photos with you from my very special visit to my former Connecticut home.

Over the weekend, I traveled about 30-minutes to nearby Westport and to Turkey Hill, the place I called home for more than 30-years. I was invited there to lead a tour and to speak at a fundraising event for Positive Directions, a community-based, not-for-profit organization offering alcohol and substance misuse prevention and counseling services. Casey Berg, the current owner of Turkey Hill, is a member of the Positive Directions Board. Of course, I was thrilled with the opportunity and excited to see how my old home had changed. As many of you know, Turkey Hill was a dream place for my family and me. I learned so much from all the work we completed there - all by ourselves, without the use of outside contractors. We restored the home, built new structures, developed the landscape and designed the gardens and borders. Turkey Hill was my original farmhouse and my first 'laboratory', where my ‘empire’ began. It's been featured in my magazines and on my television shows. I would not be who I am today without the vast knowledge I gained at Turkey Hill. 

If you missed the special Facebook LIVE broadcast I hosted there, please go to our Facebook page and watch it - just click on this highlighted link - I know you will enjoy it. The Berg family made what I started even better - the home and the gardens look amazing. I am so happy this special place is in their care. Here are some images from my wonderful visit. And please tell me what you think about Turkey Hill's evolution in the comments below - I'm excited to hear from all of you.

August 23, 2019

Blog Memories: A Visit to the United Arab Emirates - Louvre Abu Dhabi

The last post on this great trip to the UAE includes our visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi. This blog was originally posted on December 5th, 2017. 

If you’re ever in Abu Dhabi, I encourage you to visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi - a most beautiful and interesting art and civilization museum.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi was inaugurated last month as part of a 30-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government. The new museum is an architectural masterpiece by designer, Jean Nouvel, and includes a growing collection of ancient archaeological finds, paintings, and both historical and contemporary installations. Hundreds of pieces represent ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, ancient Chinese dynasties, the Renaissance, the Impressionists, and the Modernists. My grandchildren, Jude and Truman, loved the Louvre Abu Dhabi and were interested to see every piece of work. In fact, we saw many, many visitors enjoying their visit to this marvelous museum. 

We had a wonderful stay in the United Arab Emirates - it's truly a vacation destination for adults and children alike. There is so much history, culture and modern development in the UAE - if you haven't been there, I hope these last three blogs inspire you to add it to your list of places to visit. Enjoy these photos.

August 22, 2019

Blog Memories: My Trip to United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi

Whenever I am on vacation, I always try to pack in as much as possible. Here is another encore blog from our trip to the UAE. This one originally ran on December 4th, 2017.

There is so much to see in the United Arab Emirates!

During our brief stay, we took a one-day excursion to Abu Dhabi, the island capital and the UAE's second most populous city behind Dubai. Abu Dhabi is located on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. While there, we visited the newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, dined in the luxurious Emirates Palace, and watched the famous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. We also toured the majestic Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It was a wonderfully informative and fun-filled day.

Enjoy more of our photos.