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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Most of the day was spent just going round NY. Spent a bit of time shopping and then went up to Central Park. here's a whole lot there, street performers, of varying abilities, wildlife, a zoo, and plenty of open space where people just walk aroud or run or cycle, or use whatever odd transport they feel like. Saw a guy on a big unicycle! Really the best thing is for you to look at the photos, and get a flavour of what we saw.
Then we went to the Met Museum of Art. Cost $25 to get in, so we decided not to, as there wasnt that much time left. We went looking in the shop, then made our way to the Cafteria, to use the restrooms. However, when we asked where they were we were ushered past the guy taaking tickets, so we were in! Wandered round for a while, looking at the art there and the non art tat they also have on display. I make no secret of my atitude to some of the stuff they hang on the walls, but there was some that justified having a museum!
Caught the A Train back to the hotel, and had dinner along the way back from the last station. An omelette, which isnt a grand celebration for our last proper meal in USA.

Martin's Mass and Met moment:
I thought I would take in Mass at St.Patrick's Cathedral but our journey up on the metro became so disjointed as a result of diversions and track changes that I arrived about 20 mins late for the Archbishop's mass.That only left 1 hour 25 mins!As you can imagine it was absolutely packed - one of 6 masses today. Each column had a video screen of the altar proceedings and I would have to say it was all a bit soulless (apologies for that one).One bright spot was the presence of an armed policeman at the altar as I went up for communion.Sadly considered a necessity after the assassination of Oscar Romero.
I did light a candle for you - you know who you are.
Took Roger in to Trump towers - I remember it from visits many years ago.Such an arrogant waste of space that you cannot fail to have a sneaky feeling of admiration for the coiffured one.
Still the architecture astounds you but it remains difficult to scale it because you feel that you are walking in glazed canyons.
And the Metropolitan?We decided not to pay either to visit Museum of Modern Art or the Met having seen the blood drain from Roger's face when we saw the queue at MoMA and the price at the Met, but it then became an opportunity not to be missed when we were ushered up the stairs thinking we were headed for the cafeteria (first time I've seen it called that over here) and then found ourselves in the galleries.I dragged himself through the American section at least to say I'd seen the Edward Hoppers and then found great works which seemed to make so much more sense when I'd soaked up America for 4 weeks and seen the sights,colours and images that had stimulated these artists.There was also a special section devoted to Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon which should not be experienced after consuming food.
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Jim and Margo Thomason on

Congratulations on the completion of your around the world tour. Since meeting you at Bryce Canyon in Arizona we have read your blog from the start of your trip and followed you to New York. You and "Stanley" deserve a round of applause. In Canada we stay "three cheers"! Hope to keep in touch, so if you could share your Email address, we will. Safe flight and hope to hear from you soon.
Jim and Margo Thomason "jthomason@sympatico.ca"

Alison on

Big pat on the back boys you made it ! Safe trip home tonight and look fonrward to seeing you both tomorrow.

Fiona on

Can't wait to see you tomorrow Dad, Cooper is excited too! ;p

sara on

were the ice rinks there yet?

Richard Berman on

Enjoyed meeting you at OWS today, Martin. Quite impressed with the trip... and the car. LOL. I've only just looked at the last part of the blog but I will be going through it, especially the part about Mongolia.

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