... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

The Vessel

Today, I wrap up my recap of beautiful Portugal and the journey to get there.  As Gary and Linda were driving us to The Ivens Hotel in Lisbon from Cascais, my eye caught a glimpse of a wine bar perched on the corner. The door was open, and I could see a room with the sweetest view.  I knew I had to visit it before we departed.  We met for a final glass(s) of vino, after a scrumptious meal at JncQuoi Asia, there. The intimate room and the tranquil view did not disappoint.

As we shared our parting goodbyes, my mind drifted to how Eric and my trip began with a quick stop over in NYC. I was reminded of how fortunate we are to have such dear friends and how distance does not separate the heart. These are my people, and although they relocated nearly six years, and it took me 14 hours and 15 minutes flight time to see them, when we are together, it is as if time stopped.  Gary and Linda, like the beautiful view from the wine bar did not disappoint and had shown us such a phenomenal time.  I’m a big baby, so I’m not good at “arrivederci”. I will be back.

Unfortunately, in NYC, time did not permit me to see many of my loved ones in the Big Apple, however, we were able to re-connect with dear friends, Karen & Randy Miles.   We met at their SPECTACTULAR new home (I won’t even begin to go there, Weezie).  Karen and I have such a history and sense of humor, so the sentiment was the same that distance and years did not separate our bond.  We walked through the Hudson Yard where we happened upon The Vessel.  For those not familiar – as I was not, here’s a little history.  Vessel (TKA) is a structure and visitor attraction built as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project in ManhattanNew York CityNew York. Built to plans by the British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the elaborate honeycomb-like structure rises 16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings for visitors to climb. Vessel is the main feature of the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Hudson Yards Public Square. Funded by Hudson Yards developer Related Companies, its final cost is estimated at $200 million.

I love the word vessel. Although the definition is a ship or a large boat, I always tell my children I was their vessel as my mother was mine.  I refer to my orchid containers as vessels.   A vessel is meant to hold or contain in my mind beautiful contents. So, it saddened me to realize this monumental structure in NYC, called The Vessel which opened in March 2019, has since been the site of four deaths by suicide and is now off limits. 

It’s so sad for the lives that were lost and for their families.  Sometimes, we can’t contain what was meant to hold.  Just let this be a reminder to protect your vessels in life and keep them full of treasured memories which will last forever.

To all our friends, thanks for keeping our vessels running over.  Tell someone you love them- just because you do!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Wine Bar Lisbon


Vessel NYC

Me checking on my “Vessels” from Portugal