The manservant & I spent the weekend before my birthday in New York City. Since May the manservant has only spent 12 days in DC with me (!!) so it was nice to just get away and spend some time together and my birthday was a good excuse.
The one thing I really wanted to see was an exhibition at the International Center of Photography. Of course no photography was allowed so I have nothing to share but to mention that it was well worth the $14 admission fee and it’s obviously a little known “attraction” as there were hardly any people wandering the 2 floors. There was a cool water feature outside the building: .
Knowing that we’d probably have time to explore another gallery I wrote to HG and asked “if you could do only one museum (in NY) which would it be?” and then totally ignored her suggestion. Well, not quite …. we did go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art but it was mid-afternoon and the mass of people in the queue inside, along with the $25 admission fee turned us away. We are very spoilt here in DC with our free museums & galleries. We had one dinner at a Sichuan restaurant and one at a Greek place. Each time we opened a bottle of wine I toasted “Happy Birthday to me” – both these wines were pretty good:
And we had a lovely long lunch at the Oyster Bar/Restaurant in Grand Central Station. We did not have tickets to a show but we did toy with the idea of seeing Spiderman until we went to the box office to inquire about tickets (there were none selling at the tkts stand in Times Square). So, how much are the cheapest tickets? – well those would be $79 each and involve sitting in the last 3 rows up the top. $99 gets you the few rows in-front of those 3 rows. The guy said “they are unobstructed views” a number of times. Well, I’m sorry but for my dollars I not only want “unobstructed views,” I want the actors to seem more my size than Lilliputian.
We wandered the streets just taking in the sights – though we were hobbled somewhat by my stupid feet – both feet were trussed up in ankle braces so I could do the miles. There is so much entertainment on the footpath that you don’t really need to spend money on a show…
And the lights are always dazzling. Even in daylight the lights are bright Of course a trip to NY is not complete for me without a trip to the museum of Godiva …. where the manservant bought my birthday pressie….