Charrette is not my name. It's a French design term meaning, in essence, "an intense meeting of the minds". And after all, isn't that what we do here? (Thanks for stopping by, and contributing your ideas. That makes being here all the more worthwhile.)
We took the train out to Kew Gardens first thing this morning. It's the Royal Botanic Garden along the lines of The Huntington Gardens and The Arboretum...only on a more massive scale. My favorite parts were the barefoot walk (you can actually take your shoes off and step along a variety of textures, from oozing mud to cobblestone to vines woven like baskets to pave the way), and the sky walk--a suspended pathway where you literally walk above the treetops. Mr Cool loved the balance course (a trail where you walk above ground on logs.) Here is a brief recap of our day in photos:
In the evening we went into the city and saw a screening of Top Hat, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It was gorgeous! We were amazed at how well the story and the humor held up, from clear back tin 1935 to today. Fabulous! There was a critic from Variety who spoke to us before the screening, telling us some key things to watch for, like how seamlessly Fred's first solo begins. That definitely heightened the experience.