coffeechatLes’ – Time out for Mom’s prompt for her Tuesday Coffee Chat is: Finish the following: You know a book is really good when… – I cannot put it down. It has been a while since I had one of those in my hands, but it is not because they are not out there, no. But because I don’t read as much anymore as I used to. I’d love to change that, but there is only so much time in a day.

Like right now – I just enjoyed one of the best weekends in a long time. Very good friends of ours are visiting us from Germany. We were and are, since they will be leaving tomorrow, having a great time. But, of course, no time to e.g. reading or blogging or such. So, please excuse my absence while I am enjoying time off spent with our friends and… taking photos! Of them and of New York City, because everyone visiting us wants to see the City. Which, by the way, is just fine by me, since I love every excuse to go there.

So, here are the first few photos, which those of you who are connected with me on Facebook or Instagram may have already seen. Many more photos will follow, because we had a wonderful time, which – hopefully – makes for wonderful photos.

Day 1: First stop – Highline Park

Followed by a little Chelsea and Greenwich Village before arriving at the second stop…

Empire State from Highline Park

Day 1: Second stop – Freedom Tower / 911 Memorial

Of course, there were other stops in between, but – no time to edit the photos 😉

freedom, tower, clouds, reflections, monochrome, black & white

Day 2: Bicycle ride in Kittatinny Valley State Park – no photos yet. Day 3: Photo shoot – running

Sigi & Tina running Sigi & Tina running

Day 3: First stop – New York City Full Harbor Cruise around Manhattan

Proof! Statue of Liberty

Day 3: Second stop – Little portrait fun session in the Arboretum Frelinghuysen

Little portrait fun

Already I cannot wait for their next time to visit us. And to go with them to New York City and beyond. By the way, not only are they passionate runners, they are also avid wine connoisseurs. And Sigi guest posts on a German wine blog about, among others, the wonderful German – dry!! – Riesling (o.k. some not so dry ones are pretty good, too, but…) under the name ‘Mundschenk’. Obviously that blog is in German, but I know there are one or two readers of my site who know German, so I thought I would share the link with you – here you go: Der Pfälzer Weinblog.

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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