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NYC - Day 3 - Iconic Sites

New York, NY

Today we went to the Rockefeller Center for views of the skyline. There was also a little time to explore, people-watch, and have lunch. Nothing fancy for me, just a hot dog from one of the world-famous hot-dog carts.

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Then we boarded a subway to Brooklyn for a walk across the bridge back to Manhattan and iconic views.

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We walked to the 9/11 Memorial for a tour and some time to explore. It was a very moving experience and I recommend the guided tour. Our guide gave great insights and personal stories that really touched my soul.

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Next door, was the One World Observatory. The elevator ride up the 102 floors takes less than a minute but there is a cool video playing that shows the progression of how NYC looked when first founded until now. The "Big Reveal" at the top invoked feelings of awe and pride. Just amazing! Afterward, you are treated to 360 degree views of the city which were stunning.

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Posted by tammy_b 05:32 Archived in USA Tagged brooklyn_bridge rockefeller_center 9/11_memorial one_world_observatory Comments (0)

NYC - Day 2 - Art and Culture

New York, NY

Today, I got my first taste of the subway system which we took to get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The museum was incredible and much too big for one trip. It would take several trips on different occasions to fully explore. Spend an afternoon looking at two or three areas because any more will lead to museum fatigue.

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A docent gave us an hour long tour of the museum by picking out items from different areas and providing commentary on them. This was an excellent overview of their vast collections and gave you a taste of what the museum offered. Some of the items included an intricate gold crown from the Oceania collection, frescoes from villas north of Pompeii, a sculpture by Man Ray called "Obstruction" that resembled a chandelier built out of hangers, and several paintings by the masters.

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This is "Autumn Landscape" by Tiffany Studios.

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After the tour we had two hours of free time. For me, this meant an hour for art, 15 minutes for lunch, and 45 minutes of shopping in their wonderful gift shop.

I wandered around the Impressionist rooms and then made my way downstairs to the "Manus x Machina" exhibit. This was an incredible collection of over 170 haute couture and ready-to-wear outfits. The premise was a comparison of hand-made (manus) vs. machine-made (machina) designs. The centerpiece was a stunning wedding dress by Karl Lagerfeld that had a 20-foot train with painted and embroidered details.

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When our time was up, we all met in the lobby for our next adventure...Central Park!

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It started to sprinkle so I had a chance to model my new artsy-fartsy umbrella from The Met.

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I found the park to be just as I had always imagined. It was a beautiful refuge from the city with lots of people enjoying the day.

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Walking up 5th Avenue, we saw all the iconic stores. Time didn't allow for it, but I would have liked to poke my head in at Tiffany's just for fun.

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Tonight, we had an Italian dinner at Azalea Restaurant. It was crowded and the tables were tight but the food was great and my tiramisu was delicious.

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After dinner, we walked to the Ambassador Theater to see "Chicago."

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Unfortunately, I was really underwhelmed by both the theater and the production. I thought "seeing a play on Broadway" would be an extraordinary experience. But as a regular theater-goer here in Memphis, I found the Ambassador to be run down and cramped and the actors gave a lackluster performance. I now have a whole new appreciation for the theater scene here at home.

Whew! What a day! After getting back to the hotel, I had no problem falling asleep.

Posted by tammy_b 05:32 Archived in USA Tagged chicago central_park the_met ambassador_theater bow_bridge Comments (0)

NYC - Day 1 - Getting Acquainted with the City

New York, NY

For this trip, I decided to try something new. I wanted to take a fabulous trip without doing all the work so I booked a tour with an all women's travel group called Sights and Soul Travel. I have been salivating over their tours for a couple of years so I decided to give it a try.

The day started with an early flight into LaGuardia and a harrowing cab ride to the hotel. It both amazed and terrified me that the cars would get so close to each other. There were times that I didn't think a credit card would fit between our cab and a neighboring car.

After lunch on our own and a few hours to unwind, the group met in the lobby of the hotel for introductions. Then, we set off on an historical / architectural walking tour which included the following places:

The Garment District

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Herald Square- Macy's was right next to it.

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Bryant Park

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New York Public Library

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Grand Central Station

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Times Square

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

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It was a lot to take in. All the skyscrapers, the throngs of people, and the energy of the city were fantastic.

We ended the day with a walk to Vitae Restaurant for a lovely dinner and drinks. It was much needed sit-down time...my phone logged 8 miles of walking for the day.

Posted by tammy_b 05:31 Archived in USA Tagged nyc new_york_city bryant_park st._patrick's_cathedral Comments (0)

Autumn Walk in Historic Elmwood Cemetery

Memphis, TN

Today, I got out to enjoy the fall weather and took a walk through Elmwood Cemetery located in Memphis, TN. It's park-like setting with winding carriage paths and Victorian-age statues and monuments was the perfect place to explore.

It was founded in 1852 as a "park for the living and a resting place for the dead" and is the oldest active cemetery in Memphis with a wealth of history to be discovered here. There are interesting events and tours throughout the year, including one of my favorites, the annual Costume Twilight tour where actors in costumes play some of the more notable residents.

It may sound weird, but I really love coming here. It feels more like a park than a cemetery and is a treat for your senses. Tranquil and serene, it's a great place to spend an afternoon if you like history, architecture, beautiful landscaping, and photography.

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Posted by tammy_b 22:54 Archived in USA Tagged memphis elmwood_cemetery victorian_statues Comments (0)

Short on time in the Mile High City

Denver, CO

After I worked for a few hours, we just had the rest of the day and were flying out in the morning. Eric didn't share my enthusiasm for more exploration and was content with staying at the hotel for TV and a nap.

For lunch, I REALLY needed to find a place that would entice Eric into driving me around for a few hours so I could take more pictures.

Enter Uber Sausage. As soon as I said the word "sausage", he was in.

The area looked a little sketchy when we arrived, but I remembered reading online that East Colfax was affectionately known as the gourmet ghetto...

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The interior was sparse and seemed to be more of a take-out place, but there were a few tables and the people were extremely friendly. They helped us navigate the menu of sandwiches comprised of artisan sausages and locally baked breads.

I tried "The Club" - Roasted rosemary chicken sausage, Swiss cheese, bacon, avocado, tomato, arugula and tarragon aioli.

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Eric tried "The Greek" - Greek lamb sausage, feta cheese, piquillo peppers, red onions, capers, tomatoes, cucumbers, arugula and tzatziki sauce.

Both were delicious!

After lunch, I wanted to take advantage of the great weather so we visited City Park nearby. We walked around for a bit, people watching and taking in the scenery.

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At one point, I heard crunching noises all around me and looked down to see squirrels EVERYWHERE. They were so cute!

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This is my ever-patient husband waiting on me to run around and take pictures :-)

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Back at the hotel, I was lucky to get close to one of the many rabbits that frequented the area.

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Posted by tammy_b 22:34 Archived in USA Tagged denver city_park uber_sausage Comments (0)

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