The Victoria Tour

Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
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Trip End Dec 24, 2011


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

26th, Tuesday: 

Last week Victoria promised us a tour of NYC Murray style! We don't give her the opportunity to change her mind, and so we meet her at Astor Place in Manhattan and go to McSorely's. Its one of the oldest bars in New York and Abe Lincoln once came there to drink after giving a speech at Cooper Union around the corner. It didn't allow women in until 1970, so Jo uses the mens to show her disapproval of this fact (or by mistake). Victoria tells us all about it and is an excellent guide - she was winning when she said she was taking us to a bar as our first stop anyway!
At McSorely's they brew their own ale (and do not serve anything else drinks wise) and its measured in half pints so you always get given 2 tankards when ordering just one. There is memorabilia of the bar's history plastered on every wall and lots of sawdust on the floor for... dunno. We meet one of Victoria's flatmates and her friend visiting from Philadelphia, Brae (very lovely and good photographer who sticks with us the rest of the day), and head onwards. 
Next stop is the culture section of the tour which take in the Frick Collection. This is a display of art work by some of the great painting masters of all time which belonged to a guy who lived in a big house on the east side of Central Park and who after his death determined that it should be open to the public. The house itself is stunning alone and the work really is pretty bloody famous. Once again Victoria informs us about each piece and proves herself a most notable tour guide. 
Especially when we then go to another bar, now down in the East Village. 
In the evening Jo has to head off to work for another lounge gig at Dixon Place. When she arrives 6 country music fans waiting for a gig around the corner have nestled themselves into the bar nicely and are downing PBR beers. They chat loudly about corporal punishment and loving Kid Rock, ignorant to the swaths of gay people arriving in the bar to watch tonights gay comics showcase. The faces they pull when the MC for the night announces its title is priceless, and one turns to Claire as if to say 'Did you know about this!?'. Within 5 mins they have all gone. 
Victoria's tour ends after the show with Chinese in China Town. A very good day with a very good guide.    
 
27th, Wednesday: 

Today we flyer for shit theatre who arrive tomorrow. While Jo is at work again, Claire goes to see a free showing of Ferris Beuler's Day Off. She says its pretty un-noteworthy until the scene where Ferris sings Twist and Shout in the parade and almost everyone in the field full of people watching stands and dances. Only in America. 
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