“Sue, I am here at the station, where are you?”
“I am on
“Oh, Penn Station, I am at Grand Central. I’ll be there in 10 minutes.”
So I waited. Twenty minutes later, my cell phone rings again. It is Cristiano.
“Where are you? I am at Penn Station and I can’t see you.”
“I am standing in front of the station on
“No. I am near the yellow cab. Can you see me?”
“Cristiano, the street is full of yellow cabs!”
“I am wearing a gray suit and am in front of the Post Office can you see me?”
“Okay, see the Post Office and the crosswalk in front of it? I am at the base of the crosswalk wearing a blue rain coat.”
“Okay, I am entering the cross walk too. I see you!”
He strode quickly across the walk to me. Finally, after all the blogging, we meet! We gave each other a big hug and the European kiss on either cheek. I was thrilled. He apologized for getting the station wrong, but I said it was okay and not a problem as we were together now. I said that we should get on with the beautiful evening he had planned for us because I couldn’t wait to start it. We walked to his town car and Frank, his driver, opened my door and we got in. We sped uptown to
It was very crowded with the glitterati. Elegant women were dressed in all forms of Asian attire and swept by in saris adorned with small mirrors, or beads and dyed in all colors of the rainbow, or in brightly patterned kimono with perfectly tied obi and pristine traditional hairstyle and makeup. We were not sure which was more alluring, the art or the women’s clothes.
We were treated to art by masters such as wood block prints by Ando Hiroshige, painted scrolls by Yokoyama Taikan. The gallery was loaded with treasures such as various Tang Dynasty terracotta figures, lovely Phoenician Ancient Art, Buddha heads and figures from
A Tang Dynasty terracotta horse - there were several of these at the festival
Cristiano knew everybody! He was constantly saying hello to people and introducing me to everyone. I got to meet his good friend HRH Princess Seema Meetha and we had our photograph taken with her. She was so exquisite in her turquoise sari with tiny mirrors sewn into it. Isn’t she lovely?
The dinner was at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on
During dinner I met Vivienne Tam and Bebe Neuwirth. It seems that Cristiano knows Bebe very well because when she saw him she made a “call me” sign with her hand. Then he asked if we could take a photo with her and she said “Yes.” That was so exciting for me! I had my photo taken with Bebe!
Then it was time to rush back to Grand Central Station. So we hopped back into the town car and sped back downtown. Cristiano walked me back into the station and saw me onto my train. What a gentleman! I was so impressed with him. We finally got to meet! Wow! I had such a wonderful evening that I shall remember forever. I just cannot say thanks enough!