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NYC Weekend

This is a real surprise.  I had wanted to see Aladdin for some time but they were always sold out when we were in NYC.

Our son got tickets for Aladdin for this weekend, in addition to The 39 Steps!  He had sent calendar invitations.  My DH had accepted and forgot we were going and I never got my invitation.  😦

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Backing up to Friday.  This weekend was supposedly so that my son and I could practice for our next Steinway Hall event.  This time, we’re playing the duet Capriol by Peter Warlock.

The day that we do this, we’re also heading out for a cruise to Bermuda.  Busy day!

The train ride to NYC was uneventful, if late.  We have a timeshare in NYC but it’s always full so we can never go 😦  We had a favorite alternative that we really liked but they converted into a long-term stay hotel.

So, we went to a new hotel for this weekend.  I kept it in the same neighborhood so I’d know my way around a bit and we could eat at our favorite restaurants 🙂

We got to our new place and Michael was waiting for us.  Hooray!  After checking in, the next order of business was getting something to eat.  We decided to Uber over to Union Square to be close to The 39 Steps show at the Union Square Theater.

Lots of places to eat but we decided on getting a snack at the Barnes and Noble and having a real meal later.

The show was wonderful!  Very clever with only 4 actors doing all the parts with just a few props.

Different actors but you’ll get the idea:

After the show, we walked around a bit and ended up at Paul & Jimmy’s for dinner.  It was a good Italian dinner.  We didn’t have a refrigerator at our hotel, so I sent my leftovers home with Michael.

Saturday

Up early the next morning to go to breakfast at our old favorite – Scotty’s Diner on Lexington.

Michael had been to a place called The Cloisters and thought we might like to go so we Ubered (spell check doesn’t think that’s a word) north of Manhattan up the Henry Hudson Parkway.

The Cloisters museum and gardens is so peaceful and beautiful.  You almost feel like you’re back in the middle ages.  We had headsets as a guide and they used period music to help get in the mood.  The Cloisters is a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art which is  devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.

Tom got a ton of pictures.  I just got this one, in the garden:

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After the briefest stop at our hotel and a too-short nap, we went to Michael’s to actually practice some.  We had a snack at Ramen.co.  I had a bento box and the others had burgers.  The interesting thing about the burgers was that the bun was made of ramen noodles pressed together.

We then walked up past South Street Seaport, although there was a lot of construction going on so we couldn’t go in. We’d been there before, in January 2010 and took lots of pictures so it was ok that we couldn’t go again.  When we were there in 2010 it was way colder and I’d had to buy a new hat and mittens.

After that, we walked along the bike/pedestrian path for quite a ways and it was very nice, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, even though we were walking next to it, and under an overpass!  There was one poor guy out in a rubber canoe or kayak having trouble paddling in the current.

Back to the hotel to get ready for Aladdin!  That was playing at the New Amsterdam Theater.  Both the hotel and theater were on 42nd street so we walked – and made it on time!  What a beautiful old theater, built in 1903.

Aladdin was fantastic!  What can I say?

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After the show, we stopped at Cafe Metro for some take-home food, then we hiked back to our hotel to eat that and for much needed sleep.

Sunday!

We made a change in our traditions and stopped at the Pershing Square Café for breakfast.  We’d seen it while we were walking by the night before.  Quite $$ for breakfast. Pershing Square is also on 42nd Street, directly across from New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal’s main entrance and underneath the Park Avenue Viaduct.

Our next stop was Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises for a partial sightseeing trip since we were short of time.  We were 1 pier over from the one where our cruise ship for June 7, the Norwegian Breakaway, was docked.

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The Statue of Liberty:

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And, most importantly, Michael’s office next to the Staten Island Ferry

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A bit of lunch (we eat a lot!) at Mr. Biggs in Hell’s Kitchen then over to Michael’s for more practice – the reason for this trip.

We took the subway back to Grand Central, then our hotel to pick up our bags.  We took a cab back to Penn Station to catch the Acela and head home.

I think that’s it – we did about as much as anyone could do in 48 hours.

San Francisco, Day One

First thing we did was go look at the fire escape we didn’t go down in the fire alarm last night.  I’m glad we took the stairs by the front office instead, even though they would have been dicy in a real fire – all wood.

This one looks scary, though!

Inn at the Opera, 5th Floor Fire Escape

Inn at the Opera, 5th Floor Fire Escape

After this, we went to the very nice – and free – continental breakfast at Pläj, the Scandinavian restaurant here.

Pläj

After breakfast, we gathered up our stuff and headed out for the Big Bus tour

While waiting, we got some pictures of City Hall and the Opera House.

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We got on at Stop 7 and took a bunch of pictures, even though it was foggy. On the double decker bus we were pretty close to the trolly car lines!

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Of course, we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and took pictures both directions!

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It was so cold and windy, we decided to get off somewhere to get a jacket, sweater, anything.

As it turned out, our bus didn’t take the normal route.  It changes slightly on Sunday’s and the San Francisco Marathon had us rerouted somewhat.

On the way to the last stop, Fisherman’s Wharf, I also took these pictures:

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On Fisherman’s Wharf.  We had to get off here and the 7-11 had fleece jackets.  I put mine on immediately!

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From Fisherman’s Wharf, we decided to take a cable car.  I was amazed that 3 men turned them around manually with a little turntable

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After our ride, we had to get off that and board again.  The line was very long and we could see that it would be at least 3 carloads before we could get back on so we decided to go find out bus again.

We walked up to Union Square…and ran into my endocrinologist from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore!  Dr. Salvatori was there for the Endocrine Society Convention but there had been a gas leak and the convention had been evacuated.

Small world!

After chatting with him a little, we took the bus back home and got off at the other side of the City Hall and walked around to “our place”.

I took a little nap and Tom went out to Walgreens to get some aloe vera for his sunburn.

At about 4:30, I got up and got ready to meet Kelly, a Cushing’s patient and member of my message boards.

She had chosen a restaurant called Absinthe, which was within walking distance.  We got our first table and decided to move because the sun was coming through the windows, then moved again to a corner table.  Then a staff member told us that that table was reserved so we moved again.  That party came very late and we probably could have finished before they got there.  Oh well!

We had a very nice dinner, then, finally bedtime.

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