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Oct 1, 2017 - Lower East Side, Food and Theatre and Food

Feeling somewhat refreshed this morning, having turned off the airconditioning last night and opening the plain old window. More refreshing with no crunchy eyes and dry noses and throats. First on the agenda was a subway ride down to the Lower East Side to visit the Tenement Museum. John and I visited the museum twice before and thought it was fantastic. The Historic Society found an old tenement building in the 1980s and have researched the families they can verify lived there and then have restored an apartment on each floor to tell the...

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Sep 30, 2017 - Craft and Food Touring in the City

Late start this morning as we had no hot water into the apartment. Rang our landlord and it was an apartment block problem not our apartment but it was still 10ish before we got out. Today was going to be a gastronomic and museum day. First stop up to the subway and off to Times Square to Carlo’s Bakery. Unfortunately not the Hoboken store but the touristy one where I just had to have a canoli and a chocolate chip cookie for later. For those who don’t know, Carol’s Bakery is the shop owned by Buddy in Cake Boss on TLC. Just one of those...

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Sep 29, 2017 - A Visit to Pops or Satchmo Armstrong in Queens

After another broken night's sleep and still having a very sore foot from all the walking yesterday, we decided it would be a great option today to take the subway out to Flushing and the suburb of Corona to visit the Louis Armstrong Home. Short walk from the apartment to the nearest subway station and the train out to the Borough of Queens. Delays on that line however because of earlier problems of some sort and it took much longer than the 45 minutes it was supposed to be. Not a long walk to his home and only a short wait for our guided...

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Sep 28, 2017 - Hello to the City that Never Sleeps

Rude awakening from a deep sleep at 3.25am with a phone call from John!!!! He hadn't quite grasped the fact that it was the middle of the goddamn night in New York, being 14 hours behind Melbourne. Not desirable when you know you will be suffering jetlag. Quick chat with him before going back to sleep until 7am despite our alarms being set for 8.30 in the hope of more sleep. Not to be so showers, brekkie of Granola and yoghurt then a walk towards Times Square to check out theatre tickets at TKTS booth for tonight's shows. Stopped along the...

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Sep 27, 2017 - Off to New York

School holidays and time for another holiday with Eloise to come down from a busy teaching term at school and to celebrate a new job for her next year. Leaving at 7.45am so decided to spend the night at the Quest Apartment Hotel out near the airport to save having to drag John out of bed at 4am to take us to the airport and, let's face it, to give us an extra hour in bed as well! My other "daughter" Vanessa (a la Japan and Russia) is going to Virginia USA for a wedding and will be leaving not long after our flight, then she and her friend...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Boston - Daylight and sanity reign

By 7.00 am this morning we were fighting the New York subways with luggage and hanging out in the Greyhound 'crazy people' queue by 8.00 am. A long however, uneventful trip to Boston, arriving in torrential rain and huge winds. Of course we didn't opt for a cab, the more conventional way of travel for our age group, we did what we have been doing for the past 40 years of travel, ie. figured out the Boston subway, armed with a 3 day subway pass we negotiated our way via subways to our new neighbourhood and then trundled our luggage on wheels...

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Sep 21, 2017 - New York Done and Dusted (well and truly)!

After two weeks in New York, we had really ticked off all our 'must see' list items so decided to finish off with a trip down to Coney Island, out of curiosity. As we had run out of muesli, yoghurt and berries for breakfast, we copied the locals and stopped for a toasted bagel and cream cheese and Americano black coffee on the way to the station. Our day started with an early morning cycle around Central Park, we were told it would take an hour to cycle the whole way around, it took us 40 minutes so we did the loop twice. It is huge, quite...

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Sep 20, 2017 - Happy Birthday, Evan

Dear Evan, Happy Birthday. It was lovely to chat to you this evening. I hope you enjoy dinner out with Rachel tonight. We are starting to wind down as our 2 weeks in New York draws to an end, although, I must say New York is not winding down, as chaotic a circus as ever. The United Nations General Assembly was happening in town today so the place was even more chaotic than usual, roads closed, traffic jams as far as you could see, about a dozen police on every street corner, police cars just lined up ready for action as the heads of state...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Culture Vultures on Fifth Avenue!

Again today we felt the effects of Hurricane Jose (I believe Irma has already been and gone) with wind and rain so after a short early morning walk around Central Park, we spent most of the day in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. What an amazing Art Institution which would certainly be as good, if not better than any I've seen in Europe. So beautifully laid out and well presented. The museum opened in 1880 and there are collections from all continents and really something for everybody, spoilt for choice. My favourites were the Sculpture...

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Sep 18, 2017 - Brooklyn revisited and just hanging out in Lower Manhatten, New York

So today's Monday. How are you Madeleine? Gannnnny is missing you big time, New York is not nearly as much fun as spending a day with you and Molky in the park at Rose Bay. By now your Mum and Dad should be more competent in their Monday role of 'minding Maddie' and doing things the way you like them done on a Monday. Just remember if you don't get your own way immediately, just do what you do with granny, lie down in the dirt and let your face crinkle up in the 'about to cry'mode, and if they don't give in as quickly as granny does, you...

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Sep 17, 2017 - Harlem soothed my soul

Harlem, soothed my soul, just love the area, people and especially the music. I knew I would. We found a really old Baptist Church (sans queues of tourists all wanting to listen to gospel music) and slipped in nice and easy with no fuss. (In church for the second Sunday in a row, take note Priscilla and Drina - mucho brownie points scored, I hope). We sat on the isle at the back and I warned Cameron that I intended slipping out real quick if the experience was too heavy going. We stayed for 1.5 hours and what a beautiful and up lifting...

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Sep 16, 2017 - When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping

Yes, today was retail therapy day, that is what our New Yorkers do on a Saturday, so we bit the bullet and joined them. I'm not a shopper and neither is Cameron, but how can you come to NY and not check out 5th Avenue shops/Madison Avenue department stores? Ho hum, we visited Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Lord and Taylors, Tiffanys, Saks, Barneys and the rest and I bought a $10 t shirt, the last of the big spenders. The Department stores were actually not as good as our Sydney, Melbourne or London stores like David Jones and Harrods with their...

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