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The final installment: New York - Days 34 to 42

sunny 20 °C

Better late than never!! Most will be reading this last entry on my first day back at work, but I suppose I have to finalise my trip by telling you all about what we got up to in New York.

We spent 9 nights in NY and we jammed packed every day. We have been able to red tick quite a few places. Our first day was a glorious one, warm, but very humid. We all took ourselves off to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Ellis Island was very interesting and moving - love audio tours. We then caught up with Maeve's brother who briefly gave us the rundown of ground zero. We then had our first visit to Century 21 department store (notice I said first visit).

Our second day we had planned to go to the Guggenheim, unfortunately it was closed on Thursday's, so instead we went to the Museum of Natural History - good day for museums as the weather was miserable. Wow, this place was massive! Quite overwhelming really. If that wasn't enough, we then decided to head to Macy's.....crazy, but not as crazy as the taxi ride back to our apartment. I actually thought I was going to die - a bit melodramatic I know, but this guy got us from Uptown to Downtown in 10 minutes during peak hour traffic!! For dinner we caught up with a school friend, Kate Fitz at Schillers in the lower east side.

Third day we did the Guggenheim...loved it. They had an exhibition called Chaos & Classicism art in France, Italy and Germany between 1918 and 1936. They also had a fantastic permanent exhibition of the Impressionists. After this, we were lucky enough that the rain had stopped, just long enough for us to stroll through Central Park, which is beautiful and have lunch at the Boathouse (yes, the one in the movie 27 Dresses if anyone was wondering). This night we met up with a friend Cas met while travelling in Greece, Dawn who was a riot. We ended up going to an Australian pub so we could watch the AFL Grand Final, however, it was 10 bucks to get in which we refused to pay, luckily and Irish pub was next door and also screening the game. I attempted to teach the rules to Dawn in particular as she had never experienced an AFL game before - she did enjoy it and managed to pick up a few rules by the end.

On Saturday, it was another glorious day, so we headed over to Brooklyn, walked the promenade for a little while after visiting TKTS in Brooklyn to get tickets for an off-Broadway play, Brief Encounter which Cas and I were seeing that night. TKTS is a place where you can buy tickets for Broadway shows on the day for reduced prices - we got 50% off our tickets. We walked the Brooklyn Bridge home where Maeve set off to Jersey to spend the night with her brother for his buck’s night. The play was excellent, thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The next day, we headed off again for TKTS, but in Times Sq this time. Cas was taking a friend of hers to see Billy Elliot that night (hence the second visit to TKTS). Cas and I wandered around Times Square for a couple of hours before heading off to the Empire State Building. After this I headed back home to meet up with Maeve for our Little Italy dinner date - yum!

On Monday it was raining again, so we wondered around Greenwich Village for a while, but the rain picked up so we ducked into a Bistro for a spot of lunch and more cards. I left the others to head uptown to FAO Schwartz, while Maeve went to meet her sister who flew in from Ireland for their brother’s wedding on the weekend. We had great Japanese for dinner and met up with Dawn again to watch Monday night (American) football. This time it was Dawn's turn to explain the rules. We had decided while in Boston that the New England Patriots were going to be our team and it so happened the Patriots were playing Monday night football against the Miami Dolphins. Glad to say, the Patriots won and I even learnt a thing or two about the game.

Tuesday was another day of culture as Cas and I went to the Met while Maeve and Ciara went to TKTS for us to get tickets for a Broadway musical Promises, Promises. Cas and I split for lunch as she was meeting up with Kate again, while I wondered the streets, went to Tiffany's and Bloomingdales and had my first lamb gyro (it was delicious). We all then met up to go to the Frick Museum before heading back to Midtown for dinner and the musical. The musical starred Sean Hayes (for those who know the TV Will and Grace, he plays Jack - just as hilarious in this show).

Our last day in NYC, Cas went off to another show and Maeve and I met Ciara at Century 21 for a spot of more shopping. I then headed home to continue the dreaded task I commenced that morning....packing. We decided to go a little fancy for our last night in NY, so we went into the Meatpacking District for dinner, but not before a cocktail at the top of The Standard Hotel. We went French for dinner which was good and then on for some drinks at the Brass Monkey, where we stayed until closing (4am), then found ourselves in a limo going to Karaoke for an hour or so before finally heading home at 6am.

Alas now, my trip has come to end. I hope you have enjoyed my blogs and entertained you even a little.

Over and out!

Posted by ronnie_23 04:36 Archived in USA

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Ihave enjoyed your blogs Ronza and know exactly how you feel! I'm about to do my last one, sitting at KL airport (where I wrote the first one 6 weeks ago!) for 3 hours in between flights. We've just got here after 10 hours in the air from Istanbul. Haven't blogged since we left for Greece.

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