Museums and more!

Trip Start Jun 17, 2011
Trip End Jul 10, 2011

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Where I stayed
Micheline Kagan's House
What I did
Met, Museum of Natural History, and Central Park

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

We are starting to become quite proficient with taking the bus and train into the city.  We were at the Met by 8:45, but it did not open until 9:30 so we walked into the 84th street entrance of Central Park. We decided to walk in the park for awhile and wanted to try to find a map.  The castle was closed so we went back to the Met.  It started to get very crowded right away.  After seeing the map of all the different exhibits, we decided if we were in there for 3 days we still would't see everything so we would have to just look at some of the things.  We saw the Frank Lloyd Wright pieces, the Tiffany lamps and stained glass windows, and then a bunch of art like Van Gogh, Rembrant, Monet, etc.  We left there around 12:15 or so and started making our way across central park.  It is about half a mile wide so it didn't take that long to get to the Museum of Natural History (setting for Night at the Museum). We got lucky again on the rain. It rained while we were in the Met, stopped while we were walking across, then started raining again when we were in the next museum.  We bought a hot dog from a street vendor, then went inside.  What a great museum!  The Teddy Roosevelt exhibit was closed, but we saw everything else I think.  I slept through part of the planetarium video because I was tired, but the part I did see was pretty good.  Lots of stuffed mammals, and the dinosaurs were really impressive too.  We left this musuem around 4:45 and made our way back into Central Park.  We saw Bow Bridge, the Dakotas (where Lenon was shot), the fountain, and the "mall" which is the walk with trees growing over the path.  next we went to Columbus square and saw yet another Trump building, and the new Time Warner building.  We went inside and saw the HUGE Whole Foods store, and went to Borders (there are no places that you can sit and hang out like in Indiana).  After that we ate at a Subway (not a train station, the subway sandwich shop) Then we walked to the Lincoln Center and checked out the area.  When we were finished with that we took the one train down to Times Square, and switched to the 7 train heading to Queens, then to the 27 bus and then the final walk to Micheline's house.  Another big day.  I am ready for a mellow day in the car tomorrow, so I can relax a little. 
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