Jan and Stephen's trip to
June 7th to June 16th, 2004
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|June 9, Wednesday||Ellis Island & Battery Park||We arrived at the
Eastgate Towers hotel
on the East Side around 39th St. A really nice hotel because it came
with a small kitchenette and was quite pleasant and not too pricey for NYC.
Good location with good transportation.
Wednesday morning we took the bus down Second Avenue to the South Ferry complex. This is like Ghirardelli Square plus the Fulton Street Fish Market. We bought our theater tickets for Assassins there at the half-price booth, then walked to Battery Park and took the ferry. It stopped at Liberty Island, then went on to Ellis Island where we got off. We spent several hours using an audio guide touring the immigration center, which was very interesting. That night we went to Assassins, a somewhat odd musical about U.S. presidential assassins and assassin wanna-bes, but very well done.
It was quite hot for a few days in NYC -- mid-90's and New York muggy. So we really didn't take a lot of pictures this trip. When it gets hot in NYC, you tend to wilt. But we still managed to do a lot of walking, and took buses more than the subways to keep looking about this city that seems to never sleep.
Our first meal was New York pizza, a dish Stephen was raised on (no, not only chicken soup were you thinking?). Such a thin crust, delightful sauce, with just a hint of cheese. Almost heaven.
|June 10,11,12 Thursday-Friday-Saturday||Museums, around town||These days we went to the Whitney and the
both) Washington Square and Greenwich Village. We met Stephen's
brother Jacques and his sister-in-law Mona, went on a walk through Central
Park and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where we saw a
exhibit. We saw Bombay Dreams, an extravagant musical, and
Sight Unseen, a drama with Laura Linney, who was terrific.
We had to buy tickets at the theater for a Saturday night performance for
Sight Unseen and it cost a small fortune - but it's theater in NYC.
Dinners were at an Italian restaurant that served such large portions we had to take home half the meal to our hotel, and a small boutique French restaurant that was lovely. Both in the mid-East side. Of course we tried to have lunch at the Carnegie Deli but it was so crowded we went down the block to the main competition, the Stage Deli and ordered sandwiches that arrived the size of a small torpedo, and sank us just as effectively.
Dinner on Friday night was at the Blue Water Grill on Union Square. A real happening place, busy, popular, good food.
|June 13, Sunday||Cecile and Richard Sheramy's 40th anniversary party||On Sunday we drove with Jacques and Mona to Orange, CT for Cecile and Richard's (Stephen's sister and brother-in-law) 40th anniversary party.|
|Connecticut countryside||We drove with Cecile and Richard through old -- many pre-revolutionary war -- villages, like Litchfield, settled in 1721. Our destination was the Hopkins Inn, an 1800's country inn overlooking Lake Waramaug in Connecticut's Litchfield County. A few tables away Philip Roth was having dinner and apparently is a regular there, among a number of prominent Americans who make the peaceful, green Connecticut countryside their home.|