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Published: July 22nd 2013
Right then apologies for the delay in the blogging, the Americans haven’t quite got the hang of free Wi-Fi like the rest of the world so we will not be picking up emails or iMessage texts for much of this week. During our last day in NYC we visited the National History Museum which is a truly awesome place with hundreds of displays and exhibits from extinct dinosaurs and mammals through to current species. The displays are very life like with stuffed animals in the foreground and painted backgrounds blending seamlessly together making it often difficult to see where the real stuff ends and the painting begins. The life size model of a Blue Whale hanging from the ceiling is also quite impressive and gives you an idea of how big this museum is as this is just in one of the many rooms. Following a short walk across Central Park we arrived at the Guggenheim for a very nice lunch with Andrew and Linda before we then went to have a look at the Guggenheim. It’s fair to say we were not overly impressed by a lot of the ‘Modern Art’ but a highlight included overhearing someone saying “You can
really see how the shadow is solid” along with other nonsense remarks about a white wall. The time in New York would not have been complete without a trip to the 4 story Abercrombie & Fitch shop (For the grandparents – it’s a make of clothes) where Jack, Kit & I all got kitted out. During our shopping spree Dad & Fred, who could think of nothing worse than going to A&F, ventured downtown to walk on the High Line, a section of old railway track running 15 m above the ground which has been turned into a park/walkway. Dinner that evening brought about the first 19 oz steak of the holiday which Dad and Jack shared, it did look like a pretty good slab of meat and they both said it was delicious so I’m sure I will have one soon. We then returned to the hotel to pack and get ready to head to Phoenix.
The following morning after a tube and air-train combo to JFK airport we were on the plane to Phoenix. My first impression from the plane was it is a big sprawling mess with dead straight roads running for literally miles. This was
proven correct during our limo, yes I said limo, ride from the airport out to Scottsdale where we will be staying until Friday. It was a fun experience riding around the city in a white stretched limo and enabled us to make a very discreet arrival at the resort. After a bit of a delay getting into our rooms we were finally unpacked and some of the family headed to the pool, whilst I explored the 8 Sports channels that will be keeping me entertained and up to date over the next 4 days while providing my knee with a bit of downtime to recover from New York. We have also seen our first rainfall of the holiday with thunderstorms expected here today but clearing for the rest of the week with temperatures expected to reach mid-high 30s. We are now 8 hours behind you people in the UK, Mum wanted me to put that in for some reason. Hope all is well at home and that you are enjoying the heat wave. I hope the photo upload in this blog and the last have worked properly as well.
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