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Jan 29, 2020 - How I Made my Trip to NYC Stress Free

New York is the center of so many things. For me, it was the perfect place to complete a master's degree in public health. I'd always wanted to help the world. My education in the heart of it all would give me the tools I needed to do just that. When I made my move from North Carolina, I was a bit scared. After all, New York City is America's largest city. The prospect of moving here on my own felt quite daunting. I'd only been there before for a week. Now, it was going to be my permanent home. I was looking forward to it, but it was a big...

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Nov 16, 2019 - fly to Tel Aviv

When we first started planning this trip, we were shocked at how pricey it is to fly to Israel. We had enough frequent flyer miles to fly to Israel on United in Premium Economy. This price category is relatively new. Often Business and First Class are totally out of our price range, but anything we can do to make a long flight a little more comfortable is worth a few extra dollars. Last year we took Premium Economy on Delta when we went to Antartica. We couldn't see what we were getting for the extra $$$. The flight we took today was on a...

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Nov 15, 2019 - timing is everything

Timing is everything. The night we got here we ran into a vendor on the street who wanted to sell us $50 tickets to Hadestown, the latest Tony winner. It's never a good idea to buy tickets from a guy on the street for cash, but he offered to walk us to the theater a block away to make sure we got in. It was tempting, but we didn't have $100 in cash and and had not had anything to eat. Regretfully, we said no. The next day we were in Rockefeller Center and ran into a girl with a clip board that wanted to take us to a Late Night was Seth...

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Nov 13, 2019 - surviving Siberia

If we were at home wearing our normal winter clothes, today's temperatures around freezing would have been no big deal . So we layered our clothing suitable for temperate climes and headed out into mid-town Manhattan and made the best of it. We went to two cathedrals: first the Apple pavilion where even Ken learned a few new things about his Apple watch and I learned a lot. The pavilion is an architectural marvel: all the reflective surfaces inside the pavilion made it challenging to know when we were looking at the outside and when we...

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Nov 12, 2019 - Broadway bound

One of many reasons we love to live in the Chicago area is that it is easy to get almost anywhere in the world from there on a non-stop plane. Unfortunately, Tel Aviv is not one of those places. You can get there non-stop from New York City and so here we are. You never run out of things to do in the Big Apple and we love Broadway shows. We didn't need a lot of excuses to stay here for a few days. Last time we were here it was very hot and humid. We had to jettison some outdoor plans for A/C museums. When we planned this trip, I thought we...

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Oct 25, 2019 - New York, New York

For the past three days we have taken the shuttle from the Bergan hotels into the heart of NYC.....41st and 8th Ave. The roads are extremely busy. Sometimes I think they make 3 lanes out of 2 lanes...the road seems so narrow. The worst is the Lincoln Tunnel. We saw a bus pass so close to an Uber SUV that it took the driver's mirror and placed it on its hood. Apparently this happens quite often. As the traffic prepares to enter the tunnel it is confusing but once in the confusion seems to sort itself out and all continue to their...

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Sep 9, 2019 - The Big Apple

Day 4 As it's a beautiful, clear day we decide on a trip to the High Line today. Walking along West 14th Street Mark and Marcus have corn dogs for breakfast. I pass and have a blueberry muffin. The direction takes us through Greenwich Village and Chelsea, which are full of antique shops, second hand dealers and trendy little bars. The high Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. The walk isn't long but it is interesting to see the views from this vantage point. The...

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Sep 7, 2019 - New York City

New York, New York Well at last the adventure has started. So much planning and internet hours have gone into this and yet now it just feels like a city break, albeit one in the city so good they named it twice. Four days to explore this exciting destination which is new to us all. The view from the plane was mind boggling; so many sky scrappers packed tightly together. Driving from JFK to Manhattan was an experience in itself; so much traffic and the city is vast. Although tired (been up 17 hours) we cannot resist exploring. Our hotel on...

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Jun 27, 2019 - The world in miniature

In contrast to yesterday, today was a day of tiny proportions. Now, before I tell you all about the day’s activities, I need to brag! Today - my last full day in both New York and, indeed, North America - I did NOT get lost (or even slightly misplaced) even once!! Cue trumpets, marching bands and cheer squads! Now, let’s continue..... The day dawned early and was bright, sunny and hot. Thankfully, it was less humid so much more bearable. Having already visited most of the major tourist attractions, today I set out to find something...

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Jun 26, 2019 - A day at the Museum

A day of huge proportions! The Museum of History Natural was a good choice of activity for a hot, steamy New York day. It is a really nice old museum... you know the type that looks, smells and feels like a REAL museum. Not a new age white tile and glass ‘museum’. It has lovely marble staircases with wooden curved banisters, high ceilings and wide spacious hallways. Of course there are no longer old wooden display cabinets but I’m sure there once was and I could almost see the ghosts of them. Included in the full experience ticket I bought,...

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Jun 25, 2019 - Back in the Big Apple

This morning, I bade the Alexander Inn and Philadelphia farewell. Both have been very nice to visit and stay for a few days. At 9am, the humidity was already extremely high so I was pretty glad not to have another day of walking the streets. After breakfast, I gathered my things, checked out and walked the 5 blocks to Jefferson St station. Having an Amtrak train ticket, I was allowed to ride a suburban train for free - taking me just a few stops to 30th Street (the equivalent to Southern Cross or Central stations). I arrived an hour early...

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Jun 20, 2019 - Walking again

Our final day in New York together - Cheryl heads home tomorrow and I go to Philadelphia for a few days... before returning to NY for 3 nights on my own. I was meant to be joined by an American lady, Lynn but she is unwell and won’t be joining me - too late and expensive now to change my flight home. Today: Once again, the sky was grey and it was incredibly humid. Luckily the rain held off until we were about 4 blocks from home.... then the sky let loose! 𯌧☔️ We arrived back at the hotel quite soggy. We started off the day walking the...

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