Fab Bauhaus MoMA exhibit & Tea at Bergdorf Goodman

Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 14, 2009

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Overcast all day, at 5pm a drizzle began that developed in to an all night rain.

We had breakfast at the compact Breadstix Café a quite decent café at
the SE corner of 23rd St. and 8th Ave, a half a block from the Leo
House, a hospice/hotel operated by the Catholic diocese; it is fairly
clean, comfortable and safe. We had, what became our standard, ham and
cheese croissant and coffee.

Just as we exited the café door to descend into the subway right next
to the restaurant, and endless line of three or four groups of 3rd or
4th graders beat us to it and began going down the stairs. They were on
a “field trip” to see the Rockefeller Center
Christmas tree. Little did we realize that was happening all day every
day we were in NYC! [I might add there are very few subways with
elevators or escalators in NYC.] We waited, and waited. One we finally
got to the bottom, Stef had to figure out how to purchase a tourist
subway pass good for 20 rides or so. This was our first encounter with
a friendly New Yorker who guided me in the use of the ATM like touch
screen. It went very smoothly as I charged it on a credit card. Then we
had the bad luck to be on a car loaded with those little darlings all
talking at the same time. The noise was deafening.

Went to the MoMA
and spent the entire time at the excellent in depth Bauhaus show.
They have a lot of photographs and paintings by Moholy Nagy. The show
featured many items I had not seen in books.

At 3pm we had a reservation for tea at Bergdorf Goodman. This was to be
a very special romantic and quite respite, but proved to be the nosiest
tea room I have every experienced! The meal itself was okay, nothing
outstanding. Susan enjoyed it, and that is what was important. I shot a
few shots out the window of the beginning of Central Park, the Apple
store cube in the plaza of a building at 59th and 5th Avenue as well as
the entrance to the Plaza hotel.

At Bergdorf, we visited their “tea shop” room. Gorgeous antique and
vintage tea sets, accoutrements and toast racks. Sigh! What a joy for

At the end of the day, after a time consuming cab ride down 5th Ave. we finally returned to the hotel.

What we had forgotten is that tonight was the Rockefeller tree lighting
which is on 5th Avenue! An estimated million people were supposed to
have amassed for the sight which featured two to three hours of first
class entertainment preceding the lighting and broadcast live
nationwide on NBC which is located in the Center.
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