Day 2 – NYC

Quotes of the day – 

“I’m having a waffle baby”

“You have not experienced NYC until you have poured ketchup over yourself”

“We’ll both have scurvy by the time we get home”

Woke up to a glorious morning on upper west side and in central park, where dogs outnumber humans by around 3:1. After protecting the bird lady from the cat burglers, and setting up a blossoming romance at the ice skating rink we made it to the East side – where dogs outnumber humans by 5:1 and the apartments have awnings at the entrance.  

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Thanks to Afshin for her recommendation for breakfast – EJ’s diner on East 73rd and 3rd Ave. The bagels and waffles are intense – and there is nowhere to hide when the maple syrup turns up.

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Then uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where police officers are on high alert for any suspicious behaviour….

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(Don’t worry – the gun this nice policeman is carrying is actually a water pistol, no-one would be silly enough to allow live firearms on the streets of a metropolitan city)

The Met museum has some fantastic exhibits, including Ancient Greek and Roman artifacts and historical musical instruments. A few blocks down from the Met is the Frick collection which, until January, is hosting an exhibition of Flemish paintings from the Hague – including Vermeer’s infamous Girl with the Pearl Earring. The permanent collection is equally impressive and includes the portraits of Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell by Hans Holbein – and works by Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable and J M W Turner. 

Then to the midtown and the cream of art-deco architecture – the Empire State Building which, for no apparent reason was deserted – with 10 people waiting in the queue for the lift. The view at the top is well worth the trip. 

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Dinner at John’s Pizzeria (West 44th and 8th Ave) – we were very nearly beaten over the head by a calzone….

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Love to all,

Mike x

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