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Next Came Monday

Our first day on our own without a guide! We got going about mid-morning and toodled to MidTown, where we got off at Times Square and walked around, coming up behind Macy's and Herald Square. Had to stop and shop at Macy's, the World's Largest Store, and marvel at ALL NINE LEVELS, including the vintage (and very cool) wooden escalators from the second floor on up. Barb found a very nice t-shirt and I managed to avoid spending anything (although this year's sweaters are GORGEOUS and I was tempted many times).

Then we were down in Herald Square!



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Of course much of the day I found myself humming Give my regards to Broadway, remember me to Herald Square; tell all the gang from 42nd Street that I will soon be there... Of course, that was only one of the NYC songs that wandered through my mind while walking those famous streets.


We lunched at a nice little corner pizza joint (OMG, yum!), then onwards! From Herald Square it was a hop and a skip to the Empire State Building, which was only $22 to the lower Observation Deck, so up we went!



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Four shots from the top of the Empire State Building and my camera battery died!!! If it could have died just four shots earlier, down in the lobby or in the waiting area, I could have gotten new ones at the shop before coming up. GRRRR. Of course, had I spare batteries with me, I think I would have upgraded my ticket and gone up to the 102nd floor deck, because... well, WOW. Especially since I only got uptown/East River shots--the view of the Flat Iron looking downtown was AWESOME.

The Chrysler Building and East River:

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After coming down (I could have stayed up there longer, camera notwithstanding), we shopped at the Empire Store and bought my first just "stuff," a few t-shirts and a key ring, nothing too silly, and then all the way down. Paused at a drugstore for batteries and then walked up the avenue -- 5th Avenue (another song) to the NY Public Library.

OMG, what an impressive building, inside and out! I don't think I actually saw any BOOKS (we didn't actually go into any of the reading rooms--it was a little crowded and there was fairly tight security) while we roamed around inside, but wow, how impressive!


Me with the Lions, my favorite thing:

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They were being washed (having a bath!), so that's why the yellow tape, but still. LIONS.


Then back around the block, through Bryant Park, and down to the avenue I'm takin' you to, 42nd Street! We were back in Times Square! It would have been something to see it at night, but it wasn't unimpressive in the daytime.



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(Trip aside: Is there any way to clean laptop keyboards? I notice as I'm typing more and more sticky keys...)



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Then home for a little sit down, and we went to meet green_maia for Indian food. Since we were very near Absolute Bagels when we came out of the Indian Cafe, walked across the street to pick up breakfast for Tuesday, then headed back home.

All in all, a great day!

One more to go!

Comments

( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
ljs
Sep. 14th, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
Hurrah for you!

And that's a great pic of you by the lion. :-))

[hugs]
wildrider
Sep. 15th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! Hugs!
evil_little_dog
Sep. 14th, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
Yay for pictures!

I have found a little bit of alcohol spritzed on something (paper towel or something soft and non-linty) and gently rubbed over the keys while the laptop is turned off works.
wildrider
Sep. 15th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
I'll give that a try (I need to get under them, too, but alas, you can't just pop the keys off a laptop!)

evil_little_dog
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, I had that problem, too. Sadly, just keep working the keys is the best I can offer.
nutmeg3
Sep. 14th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
I love how much fun you're having! And just use an alcohol wipe or a (non-drippy) wash'n'dry.
wildrider
Sep. 15th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
It was fun!

cornerofmadness
Sep. 14th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
great pics especially of you and the lion.

note to self it's too hot for sweaters at work so do not go to macy's
wildrider
Sep. 15th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
I love them lions (I want the mini sculptures one of the catalogs sells, but can't justify spending the money...).

Yeah, that was another reason I didn't buy one... :P
cornerofmadness
Sep. 15th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
aw too bad but i understand

yeah but i have no sweaters left my brain argues
wildrider
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
And I probably have a dozen or more, which is more days of the year than I actually NEED...

cornerofmadness
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
hahaha so true. I probably have about 6 that are a decade old and falling apart
wildrider
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
I did get rid of a few of them last year... I'll have to see if I ever have to take out my winter wear this year!
cornerofmadness
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
well yes, it doesn't always get so cool there. i do remmeber you had a few cold days last year
wildrider
Sep. 15th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
That is true, we had a LITTLE nice winter.
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