Archive for the ‘NYC Trip’ Category

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Hallowed Ground

November 30, 2008
 
This deserved it’s own post.  It is impossible to describe the feeling that comes over you when you walk in Arlington National Cemetery.  Everything has a precision to it, a precision that says we take pride in the Men, Women and the families who have fought for our country.  In the way these grounds are preserved you know we are honoring the lives they lived.  If you have never been and have the opportunity, it is worth the time to pay respect to these individuals and to thank them for the freedoms they fought to preserve.
Arlington National Cemetary

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetary

Arlington National Cemetery

Resting Place of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy

Resting Place of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy

View of Arlington House from Kennedy Memorial

View of Arlington House from Kennedy Memorial

Arlington House looking across Potomac to D.C.

Arlington House looking across Potomac to D.C.

Changing of The Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Changing of The Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Changing of The Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Changing of The Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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But I would walk 500 miles, And I would walk 500 more

November 28, 2008

We walked a hell of a lot today!  This is not an exaggeration.

Our day started at 4:30 CST in order to get a great spot for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  We started across from Central Park and then got antsy because it was two hours until the parade began.  So we started our adventure in the city.  I think we now have a pretty good grasp of the Subway System.  We ended up near Times Square and was “cattled” towards the Square where we watched the Parade. We couldn’t see the High School Marching Bands very well, but we had a great view of the Balloons and some of the floats.  And we now have bragging rights to being one of over 3 million other spectators and I think most of them were crammed into the square!
Times Square before Parade - Some of the 3 million spectators...many more behind us!

Times Square before Parade - Some of the 3 million spectators...many more behind us!

Buzz Lightyear one of many balloons in this years Parade.

Buzz Lightyear one of many balloons in this years Parade.

Santa Clause - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Santa Clause - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Longest Escalator I've ever been on...NYC Subway system.

Longest Escalator (on the Right and Left) I've ever been on...NYC Subway system.

Next came Wall Street and Battery Park.  I really enjoyed just looking at the buildings, churches and cemeteries in this area.  I saw lady Liberty from a great distance.  We did not have time to take a closer look this time. Then we were off to a fabulous Thanksgiving Lunch, and it was a feast at a little Steakhouse near Wall Street.

Trinity Chapel looking down Broad Street standing on Wall Street

Trinity Chapel looking down Broad Street standing on Wall Street

After lunch we walked the perimeter of the World Trade Center attack. 

St. Paul's Churchyard looking towards WTC site

St. Paul's Churchyard looking towards WTC site

Then we strolled over to Chinatown…I wish I had had the opportunity to take more pictures in this area. 

Fowl in the window of a Chinese Market - Chinatown, NYC

Fowl in the window of a Chinese Market - Chinatown, NYC

Strange Taste Cuisine - Chinatown, NYC  Do you think they might of meant Unique Taste Cuisine?

Strange Taste Cuisine - Chinatown, NYC Do you think they might of meant Unique Taste Cuisine?

Next stop was Union Square and the Flat Iron District…so many cool things to see everywhere.  Grand Central Station is just that “Grand”.  Finally it was off to Central Park at night, I’m sure mine and Mark’s Moms are not going to be happy about that.  But it was a lot of fun and a big adventure. 

The Flat Iron Building

The Flat Iron Building

Empire State Building lit for Thanksgiving

Empire State Building lit for Thanksgiving

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Interior Grand Central Station

Interior Grand Central Station

From in front of Grand Central Station looking at Chrysler Building

From in front of Grand Central Station looking at Chrysler Building

Lion in front of Public Library

Lion in front of Public Library

Imagine - I took a much better shot, but can't find it.

Imagine - I took a much better shot, but can't find it.

Washington Square

Washington Square

I’m too tired to do any witty blogging and we just got screwed on the Tollway and have sat in traffic for the last 45 minutes.  I can’t wait to find a place to sleep tonight.  It looks like we will head to D.C. because the weather in Buffalo looks to be rough with pulling a trailer…I’ll get to the trailer tomorrow.

I guess Mark and I managed to blend as we were asked many times for directions both street level and in the Subway.  By the end of the day we were even able to give credible directions.

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In the City that NEVER sleeps…

November 27, 2008
…but we are about to.  Just a few pictures to share of the many that have been taken.  Blogging will commence sometime tomorrow evening…maybe.
Getting Close

Getting Close

Times Square

Times Square

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

Carmilla and Mark at Rockefeller Center

Carmilla and Mark at Rockefeller Center

Phantom Playbill and Program

Phantom Playbill and Program

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NYC in 15 minutes…Texas to New York in 25.5 hours…WooHoo!

November 26, 2008

We are showing up at the hotel in our traveling clothes of shorts and sandals.  It’s 44 degrees outside, I’m sure they’ve seen it all!

I’ll update tonight after I’ve seen some of the City and taken pictures and gone to a Broadway show.  Weeee!

Kids – Be good and I hope ya’ll are having fun!

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Country Road Take Me Home (so we are in Virginia…shoot me)

November 26, 2008

Well, maybe not home yet.

It’s 6 a.m. CST and we are driving the Blue Ridge Mountains while Mark is looking over my lap trying to read what I type.  He needs to stick to driving.

It’s a beautiful crisp morning.  We have been very fortunate with the weather.  Low overnight was down to 19 degrees.

I wish we had time to stop and take pictures but we will drive straight through on this trip.

Should be in NYC around noon or lunch.  Because I think I will not be able to talk Mark into stopping for breakfast…he’s broke out the jerky.  So far we have spent $13.00 on food in the last 18 hours.  Not bad, but it helps we brought snacks.  Of course we ate lunch so late yesterday it served as lunch/dinner or linner as we like to call it.

Didn’t see any deer in Tennessee despite my Mothers dire warnings not to hit the deer there!

We are getting closer, I just woke up so nothing exciting to talk about yet.  Will update in a bit with more exciting happenings.

Kids – We miss you!

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A Picture is worth a thousand words

November 25, 2008

Mark getting a ticket outside of Hope, Arkansas (birthplace of William Jefferson Clinton).  State Trooper was super nice and even agreed to a picture for this blog.  He went easy on Mark and didn’t write it for as fast as he was truly going.

 

Mark and Arkansas Trooper

 

 

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You are a Caught Fish (Post 1 – trip to NYC)

November 25, 2008

We are on the road, have been for 2.5 hours (currently 2:30 CST) and are passing through Garrison, Texas in East Texas. 

 

An observation – in East Texas they love their catfish.  You can even get catfish at the gas station.  But, try to find a McDonald’s in Garrison and it’s not going to happen.

 

We are going to die…or starve.  The original plan (and understand it’s kind of a fly by the seat of your pants plan) was to stop in Lufkin for some food.  Fast food of course, we are trying to make NYC in about 24 hours time.  Lufkin=construction.  We didn’t stop.  Next plan Nacogdoches, we flew right by the Burger King.  I think there was a truck blocking our view and since I don’t think you cross the street on a trip like this (and certainly you don’t turn around – EVER) we are still without “real” fast food.

 

Not to fear, we did pack provisions.  So far of the provisions in the car tested…

  • Smoked Almonds
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Pik-Nik Shoestring Potatoes

Mark commented earlier that this will the first time we will be traveling to another state together…I guess we must do it big if we do it at all, so we are traversing many states on our way to the East Coast.  We have however been to another country, go figure!