Author Archives: cara

About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.

Seize the Sunset

“Live each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit…” Henry David Thoreau The year’s events have made us feel more vulnerable and more conscious of our precarious human lives. Maybe that’s why the passing … Continue reading

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New York, City of Restaurants, Bent but not Broken

When I think back on this sad time (assuming I survive it), the above image will always evoke the Covid era in New York City for me. The art, by Jorge Colombo, appeared in The New Yorker magazine last summer … Continue reading

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Dream of Oaxaca

My four days in Oaxaca last month are a fading dream. I was already starting to feel nervous about riding in crowded vans, as we did one day to get to the nearby ruins, and my hand sanitizer got a … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Quarantine Diary

Quarantine is rooted in the Italian words quarantenara and quaranta giorni, or 40 days, the period of time the city of Venice forced ship passengers and cargo to wait before landing in the 14th and 15th centuries to try to stave off the plague. … Continue reading

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First Timer in Mexico City

SIX DAYS AGO, I got back from two weeks in Mexico. It was supposed to have been a three-week vacation, but fears of the U.S.-Mexico border closing suddenly and the possibility, if flights were cancelled, of having to rent a … Continue reading

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