I went into this café to relax a few weeks ago and was struck by the painting on the wall. In the middle of Moscow, why the picture of the Brooklyn Bridge? Even odder, the picture is painted from the Brooklyn side of the river, from "Dumbo," near the park where I used to take the girls... We loved the playground there, Grimaldi's Pizza (voted best in NYC) and Jacques Torres hot chocolate (his chocolate is made right there, shipped around the world).
(This picture doesn't have nearly the same effect on me as does one in a classroom I use at the high school... A "stock photo" of the World Trade Center Towers, completely out of place, forever out of context to the students who barely notice and weren't living there at the time...)
So I sat there drinking my hot chocolate, really wishing it could be a cup of Torres' wicked hot chocolate (spiked with chili pepper)... Five years ago, that was our idea of a fun reward, a break that pleased all three of us.