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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan August 20th 2014

With Lucy now sleeping in Rupert's bed, Rupert became our house guest for a couple of nights. Day one of this new arrangement saw Kev and Rupert heading off to the Intrepid Air & Space Museum while I went on a Dickens rampage. Kev forgot to take his camera but I didn't of course; they don't call me 'snappy tom' for nothing. Nevertheless Kev said it hasn't changed since last year when we paid the museum a visit. And the boys thoroughly enjoyed it! J Pierpont Morgan was at the pinnacle of US finances and following his father 's death he emerged as the dominant capitalist of the Gilded Age. Pierpont Morgan was a philanthropist and avid art collector building a house specifically to display his collection. In 1924 J. P. Morgan, Jr. gave his father's ... read more
The original house of J Pierpont Morgan
J Pierpont Morgan's study
J Pierpont Morgan's Library

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan August 19th 2014

Grace went off to her horse riding camp on Randalls Island this morning unaware of the surprise in store for her. After she'd dropped Grace off there Kerrii and Rupert met Kev and I at Maison Kayser's for breakfast; advertised as a Parisian Artisan Boulanger while the food was good they certainly have no idea how to make a decent cup of tea! Kerrii then went her way while we went our way with Rupert. Back to our apartment we packed a picnic lunch and headed off to Carl Schurz Park. From there we walked to Randalls Island to watch Grace show off her horse riding skills before walking her back to her apartment. During this time Kerrii had travelled to Newark, New Jersey International Airport to pick up Grace's friend Lucy who'd flown in from ... read more
Fun at the park
Serious stuff
Rupert's favourite tipple!

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan August 17th 2014

Fran and I went shopping on Saturday morning. Lipsticks and the like were first and then we were going for a cup of coffee but somehow we ended up in another shop..surprise, surprise! Anyway I had to leave Fran to the shopping and head off to put the glad rags on for another theatre visit. This time Kerrii, Grace, Rupert, Kev and I were heading off to see "Newsies", the 2pm matinee at the Nederlander Theatre on 41st Street. The musical told the story of the 1899 newspaper boys strike for better pay and conditions. Most of those who sold newspapers were kids who lived on the streets; in1875 it was reported that "There are 10,000 children living on the streets of New York....The newsboys constitute an important division of this army of homeless children. You ... read more
Kerrii, Rupert & Grace
Outside Andy Warhol's Studio
Michelle, Grace, Kev & Fran

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan August 15th 2014

The honeymooners are back!! What a treat it was to be reunited with Kerrii, Seb, Grace and Rupert, the latter of whom is starting to develop a US accent. Getting here of course entailed those tedious hours flying across our beautiful blue planet. Many of our fellow passengers were fire fighters headed for Vancouver to help fight fires in British Colombia; some were NSW firies while others were from the NSW Parks & Wildlife. People helping people; the way it should always be! Having to get to the airport just before 7am Kev decided that it would be much more relaxing to spend the night before at Rydes Airport Hotel; many thanks to Maria Angelica and Juan David for coming with us and driving the car back home. I'd been a bit dubious about doing that ... read more
Our welcome from Grace & Rupert
Kerrii, Kev, Michelle & Grace in our apartment
The honeymooners on Randall Island

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan August 3rd 2014

Cette ville est immense, gigantesque, impressionnante, énorme, il n’y a pas assez d’adjectifs ! On se rend compte que l’une des plus grandes villes du monde déjà dans le metro. Quand la foule descend du métro (surtout à Penn Station, équivalent de Chatelet à Paris, l’horreur quoi) et se précipite vers les escaliers (l’escalator est une denrée rare, il faut utiliser ses papates, avec des bagages pas drôle). En tant que touriste qui ne sait pas où aller, cette vague qui déferle est déconcertante au début! puis on s’habitue, on se dit qu’on est autant des boulets pour eux, que eux pour nous! Sinon les gens sont plutôt zen dans le métro, ils boivent leur thé glacé et/ou lisent. Bon vers 9h ou 18h, on est plutôt serré en contact proche on peut dire. Une denrée ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan August 3rd 2014

Monday 4th At breakfast we find the only cooked things on offer are hamburgers and pancakes ! We have settle for porridge and toast. We take the camper up the road to return it. They have been excellent. A smooth pick up, no fuss when it broke down or needed new tyres. They gave us a full tank of petrol for the inconvenience of breaking down and now give us another $20 for the problems. Not much but we weren't asking for anything. We spend the rest of the day around the hotel pool until it's time to go to the airport. Check in is the easiest we've ever had and we board on time. It's the first time we've flown Delta and it's a bit new ! Next to me is a young woman with ... read more
Manhattan from Liberty ferry
Times Square 1
Another McDonalds

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 31st 2014

Roaming both the famous places and the more anonymous ones We have been to New York City a few times over the years. On this visit we revisited some of our favourite places, we went to one place that is changing fast to see the developments there and we discovered a few places that were new to us. One favourite place for us, and for countless others, in New York is Central Park. We make sure to go there every time we are in New York either for a walk or for running. There are several other parks we like in New York, such as the Washington Square Park and The High Line Park. The High Line Park is a fierce competitor with Central Park for the title "Our Favourite Manhattan Park". It is very special ... read more
New York street
World Trade Center site

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 30th 2014

Some iconic and some non-iconic buildings of New York This summer we did something we have been talking about doing for several years, we went on a road trip in the USA. Actually it might be argued that we made two road trips, one in Florida and one in California. But that is something we will write about in later blog entries because we started and finished the vacation in neither of those two states. For various reasons we decided to fly in and out via New York City. We have been to New York before, for instance in 2008 and in 2010, and we love that city a lot. New York is one of our three favourite cities in the world. The other two being London, a city we both love, and the thi... read more
One World Trade Center as seen from Hoboken
One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 28th 2014

Vandaag onze laatste echte volle dag in NYC. Iedere dag loopt anders dan we vooraf hadden bedacht dus Dat zal vandaag ook wel weer gebeuren. Maar op het programma staat in ieder geval dat we een paar gympen voor Sanne gaan scoren, die ene, die blauwe, en niet die tienmiljoen anderen die we inmiddels al gezien hebben...Verder willen we naar het museum van National History, dino's kijken. Nu is het rond half tien s'avonds, de eerste keer dat we zo vroeg in het hotel zijn. Vanmorgen hebben Frits en Kaien lekker gesport, in de nieuwe outfits uit Nike world natuurlijk... Kaien heeft prachtige nieuwe gympen gekocht, Sanne heeft iets in haar hoofd en het nog steeds niet kunnen vinden. Sneakers zijn echt een statement hier. Ik heb nog nooit zoveel soorten sneakers bij elkaar gezien, sommige ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 27th 2014

Hi there, jahaa we lopen al meteen drie dagen achter, ik weet het. Zo groot als deze stad is maar dan toch zo moeilijk doen over internet pfff. Nu zitten we even in het hotel omdat mijn schuldgevoel over deze blog te groot wordt... Alles gaat hier goed. Gisteravond zijn we , in het donker, op het Empire State Building geweest, prachtig al die lichtjes. Daarvoor nog de skyride gedaan, ook in het Empire state, een soort vier-d film waarbij je over de stad vliegt. Sanne en Kaien willen vooral heel graag shoppen dus dat hebben we vandaag op het programma staan. We zijn begonnen in Nike World, een prachtige Nike winkel van vier verdiepingen met erg leuke inspirerende mensen. Kai heeft Key ontmoet en voor haar heeft hij zich flink uitgesloofd op de loopband. De ... read more

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