A week of New York in less than 2 days!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I flew in yesterday afternoon.  About a 1/3 into the flight a surprise storm hit the plane from below and knocked the plane up in wild bump.  The plane then plumeted before being knocked up high again and then free falling some more.  Drinks and items went flying everywhere as people were screaming all around.  Luckily there was no more after that.  A couple of hours after landing with my parents, my Aunt Elaine from Toronto flew in too.  We all took a taxi to our hotel.

That night we went to an amazing Chinese restaurant in the city called Shun Lee Palace.  We had scallops, ribs and dumplings for appetizers and then orange beef, chicken with three types of nuts, and Beijing duck for the main course.  It was so delicious!!


On July 29th I began my enormous tour.  I woke up at 7:30AM.  I went to Essa Bagels for breakfast.  Then I walked to Rockefeller Center.  Unfortunately the weather wasn'y good enough for me to go up to the observatory.  Next I walked well over 30 blocks north.  Along the way I took a stroll through Central Park.  It's so interesting to be in the metropolitan jungle one minute and then absorbed in Central Park's nature the next.

Finally I arrived at the MET.  It was a terrific museum.  I viewed all kinds of Egyptian artifacts, followed by the American wing and then Greek and Roman artifacts.  They also had a good collection of art including works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and more.  There was also a special visiting exhibit of artifacts from Kabul, Afghanistan.



Next I walked ten more blocks to the Guggenheim.  Although the design of the building was interesting, I wasn't too excited about the museum.  I enjoyed a Picaso and the Kadinsky exhibit, but beyond that it was a bit too bizarre.

Things became a bit stranger at the Whitney Museum.  There was a good collection of Edward Hopper paintings, but everything else was too "artsy" for my tastes.

My next stop was the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).  I loved this museum!  I saw my favorite Van Gogh, "Starry Night".  They also had my favorite Marc Chagall painting "I and the Village".  There were also paintings by Picasso, Gaugin, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Dali, Pollock and Warhol.


My fifth and final museum of the day was the Museum of Natural History.  Here they had one of the biggest, if not the biggest, collection of dinosaur bones.  It was an excellent exhibit not only of dinosaurs, but also of numerous other extinct creatures.
I also loved how this museum had a huge collection from other cultures such as Native Americans, African people, Asian, ancient Mexican cultures and many more.  They also had a fantastic special exhibit on the Origins of Man with all kinds of skulls and skeletons of man through his periods of evolution over a million years.

My last stop on my self tour was a Belgian bar.  I honestly don't understand how there aren't more Belgian bars since they have such great beer.  I tried four different varieties before crawling back to my hotel.  I showered up and then got together with my parents and aunt.  We went to Carmines for some Italian food and a surprise party for my aunt with numerous other relatives.
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