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30 May

The Mallmann Diaspora

Metta, Norberto Piattoni’s Fort Green neighborhood restaurant Francis Mallmann, the revered Argentinian chef made famous by his many restaurants...

23 Sep

A Restaurant That Is Also An Inn

Francis Mallmann’s Restaurant Garzon is arguably Uruguay’s best restaurant and one of the finest in all of South America.  But...

21 Sep

Meditations #77

A child’s travels begin in the imagination, down the rabbit hole, in Mr. McGregor’s garden, under the floorboards, across a treasure...

16 Oct

New Friend in Garzon

13 Oct

Home Again in Garzon

9 Mar

Pueblo Garzon Neighbor

Just a long weekend in Pueblo Garzon that was full of jaunts..to La Huella for Sunday lunch, of course, checking out Alium’s new look...

8 Dec

Details of a Life in Pueblo Garzon

There is much about Pueblo Garzon that is magical.  It speaks to us in many different tongues, but for me, in the still of the night when the...

9 Jun

Garzon in Winter

pergola in winter- Garzon.   A short weekend in Pueblo Garzon. We spend four nights in Uruguay and make the most of it and love it.  The...

15 Feb

Garzon Images

6 Jan

Alium Celebrates Five Years in Garzon

Alium, Pueblo Garzon’s clothing and home design shop, turned five this weekend. All of Garzon, plus admirers from as far away as Punta del...

25 Dec

Fishing in JI

One of my son’s passions is fishing.  Bone fishing in Harbor Island, surf casting for stripers in Long Island, trolling for Nile Perch...

16 Jul

Garzon in Winter

Perhaps the true test of any kind of love is that it endures in all seasons.

29 May

Meditations #35

     The Five Senses of Garzon Image: fading grace, white dusty roads, peeling facades and rusting junkyards, bruised skies and rainbows Sound:...

26 Apr

Pueblo Garzon Updates

Our new watering hole… Our newest shopping venue… But the important things remain the same.

26 Jan

Fueguia

I had a serendipitous encounter yesterday in Buenos Aires.  Walking along the street, my eye was drawn to a little “boîte” of...

22 Jan

Horses of Garzon

22 Jan

Pueblo Garzon

There is this unusual aspect of my village in Uruguay..it is Sunday today and the two general stores in the village that offer any food are closed....

16 Jan

Bombacha Search Success

Adorable Emilia from the beautiful estancia of La Bamba in San Antonio de Areco, shared with me her favorite shop for bombachas, those pleated,...

2 Dec

Casa Zinc: Uruguay’s Most Surprising Hotel

There are these gems around the world, small, owner-operated hotel homes, tucked away up a mountain road or down a sandy beach lane, that you...

2 Apr

Sheep Shearing in Garzon

A great brouhaha went up this morning bringing us into the road.  We found Julio and a fellow gaucho herding the village sheep out of town...

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Kusama’s piano
Rabbits (huge  French rabbits), squirrels, hedgehogs and beavers all together in this animal cafe
Wonderful Art Deco house built for Prince Asaka’s family in 1933. After the war the Asaka family was demoted to commoner status and the house became a State guest house and now a museum. The demotion of Asaka and other princely families is part of a current discussion regarding the current Imperial succession line which is tenuous. One solution would be to allow females to succeed. Another is to reinstate some princely families to strengthen the succession options
And, finally, the sword guard which a metalworker might spend a year making. Each depicts miniature worlds reflecting the artist’s soul
Next is the hilt, made from a core of magnolia wood, wrapped in the skin of Asian stingray, and then bound with threads, generally In a diamond pattern to provide a firm grip.
I ended my very warm day (94F feels like 104F) in the sleek, cool, new Japanese Sword Museum. Who would have thought it would be so pleasing to the senses?  Here are the sword story pieces In separate postings as the photos look better singly. The katana, with blade curved upward (first photo) was carried by Samurai on horseback. The Tachi, blade curved downward, was carried by Samurai on foot and usually had a groove carved into the blade to lessen the weight.  They are forged, tang and blade, in one piece. These are prize winners from “jewel” steel and signed by Masters.  It is the tip, I am told, that is the most challenging part of the blade to make.