Friday, September 23, 2016

Day 1520: "I♥NY" best trip ever ...





"courage", collage










Forewarning: more NYC trip. I hope not, but it may be TMI?
Jumping in on Day 2 mid day ... (where I left off here)
after the great lunch at Battery Gardens Restaurant
with a complimentary dessert  ...






we walked on to the 911Memorial Museum.
Past many, many buildings and then, all of sudden ...






the One World Observatory & the famed Fire Station #349.





And the breathtakingly emotional 911 Ponds.



Designed by Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker



I wasn't prepared for the tremendous impact!






Feeling a bit emotionally weary, we eventually walked on. 
Noticing the tall surrounding buildings that have that daily view.






The daughters, seeing this Mom was slowing, 
hailed a cab to mid-town where we caught the blue bus.





The blue line does the uptown loop,





and in the process, we saw all kinds of architecture.






Grant's Tomb



 
Harlem & the Apollo Theater





The Guggenheim Museum





The perimeter of the 843 acre Central Park ...




With 5PM Thursday rush hour traffic ...
we could see pricey condos facing Central Park,
art lovers waiting at the Met, and on our right ...




the glorious Central Park!




A walk back to the hotel to get ready, 
reservations for dinner at ...





After a leisurely dinner and a celebration for 
Daughter 2's birthday, we walked to Rockefeller Center






for a little window shopping while waiting for 
our reservation for "Top of the Rock"!




Where we did the tourist-y photo op ...






and loved the views ...



 
70 floors up with ...


 

 a 360 degree view of all of NYC. 



  

A spectacular end to day 2!






Did I mention the NYC weather?
Mid 70's during the day, no humidity ...
which made the marathon walking doable.
Couldn't have asked for better weather ...
on the best trip ever!












Katha, Jeanne, Nancy & Donna

Happy Birthday Cousin Nancy!










A smile for Friday ...








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