A (long) walk in the park...

Trip Start May 22, 2011
Trip End May 30, 2011

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Jolly Hotel Madison Towers New York City
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , New York
Friday, May 27, 2011

Today is going to be a bit different, as Elaine was bitten by mosquitoes yesterday and started her usual allergic reaction to them last night. We did get some medication on our way home, but it still developed much worse than ever before, so she decided to stay in the room and rest her leg. I didn't really want to leave Elaine alone but she said it made no sense for both of us to stay in, so I went off to visit the American Museum of Natural History on 79th Street by Central Park. Again it was a bit of a trek to get there, and I decided to go through the park rather than round it. Central Park is massive and I managed to take the scenic route rather than the direct one. Some people might call this getting lost... but what do they know! The museum was busy with wall to wall groups of school kids, but I managed to see all the things of interest without throttling one of them. By the time I came out I was feeling a bit peckish and opted for a hot dog and shake from one of the street corner vendors by the park... hmmm!!!

The fearless tourist in me thought it would be nice to head back through Central Park again, and you've guessed it, I took the scenic route again, but who cares, there’s so much to see, and I saw most of it...!!! On the way back to the hotel I dropped by Times Square to see if I could pick up some cheap tickets for a show... no chance, the queues at the ticket kiosk snaked all around the square, and would have taken hours. So I headed straight back to the hotel to see how Elaine was doing. Pleased to report that her leg, though not good, seemed much better and she was keen to go out for dinner.

After freshening up we headed for Times Square to check out the show ticket queues again. The place was now heaving, and we just had to aim for somewhere and go with the flow of the crowd. There was no chance of getting tickets as the queues were absolute madness, so our minds were now set on eating. Bubba Gump sounded like a plan, and we were happy to find that it was only a forty-five minute wait for a table. Even better, we were seated inside half an hour. Far too much food later we spilled back out into the crowds. Elaine was determined to have her picture taken with one of "New York’s finest", and she’d spotted a black & white (which the observant ones amongst you will notice is actually blue & white) from the restaurant with two cops standing by it having their photo taken, so with unwavering determination she made her way over to them. They were great, and happy to pose for our photos and chat with us about the American cop shows we watched, even suggesting another one that we hadn’t seen yet. Thank you Officer Mills, you were a star. There were lots of US Navy sailors in town for Fleet Week and some of the cadets had cheekily made huge signs offering “Free Hugs” and Elaine seemed far too keen for my liking to take up the offer. They were barely out of High School, but it made a lady, who should have known better, very happy; especially as one of them said “I love your accent” to her...!!! Oh please...!!! After a bit of shoulder to shoulder shopping we made our way back to the hotel for some much needed shut eye.

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