At Last!

Trip Start Jun 22, 2013
Trip End Aug 09, 2013

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Back to Tasty's for brekky...pancakes and french toast...yum...oh and another try at the coffee! Filtered coffee without body or fragrance...even a fresh ground Dome coffee at home tastes better...oh well maybe this is it for NYC coffee. 

Check out of Chandler, taxi to Manhattan Hotel which is in Times Square, let the excitement begin.  So I'm actually excited to be in Time Square where everything and everyone is on hyper-drive. The traffic is insane, the people are everywhere (apparently a million people visit the city everyday, I think they are all in TS).  This starts to feel more like the bling and less like the foam.

The Broadway musical billboards are amazing, I am now in my happy place, you can never have too much musicals!  What to see, where to go? "I think I'm gonna like it here." (from the musical ANNIE).  Before all the musical madness, Central Park!

Stopped into Guy's American for dinner.  Typical fried food and burgers, but when in New York eat as a New Yorker...had the biggest burger (halved of course) and chilli fries with his own brewed mango beer. Definitely a place to eat at if you want the typical American experience.

Wednesday - big day. Attacking our 'must see' attractions we head to Central Park first, the scene of so many good movie moments and law and Order murders.  It was fabulous, I felt like I was stepping into a scene in hundreds of movies, but more than that it was a spectacle (this was my 'open mouth' experience Suz).  The buskers were jazz players, jazz trios, hip hop dancers and so much more. We went to the chess pavilion which had a typical scene of two old men playing. Loved it! Bought our one and only 'dirty dog' in Central Park, it was delicious!  It's like and oasis in this concrete jungle. 

On our walk down I spotted the amazing Fifth Avenue Designer Row...note to self, do not enter shops unless you are suitably today is not that day!  Lots of walking today, enjoying this city for real for the first time since arriving.  It is best not to have idealistic view when you visit such famous cities, it can be  let down but when you just enjoy it for what it is , that makes all the difference.  It obviously takes a few days to adjust to the tempo, grime and smell!

Walked the streets of TS, window shopped, found  a sketchers store who said they may exchange my shoes without a receipt.  Note - never throw away receipts even if you wear the shoes out of the store, nothing is exchanged without it, even if you still have the stickers under the shoes.

Went to Chevy's, a Mexican restaurant (ill fitting name) had Pina Coloda Margaritas for $5.49????  Firstly the combination...awesome...and secondly, the price...hello New York!  Free salsa and chips, so only guacamole made at our table for dinner. DELISH!

Here's the weird thing, when we went into the restaurant the streets were busy and bright, on our way home we noticed that the TS lights were not as flashing, the streets were empty of people going out and filled with a rougher type and drunks (1:00AM).  the streets looked derelict and the air was hot and oppressive and everywhere smelt like pee.  So this was Time Square when the lights went out...not so pretty and a little bit fraky especially after a man kept growling behind me!  Home quick.
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