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Trip Start Sep 09, 2013
Trip End Sep 28, 2013

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We actually flew to Newark, New Jersey Liberty International Airport. We choose the Air Train to Penn Station in New York City.  At Penn station  we purchased two six day combination Subway/Bus passes and transferred to the subway system. One more transfer and we were in Spanish Harlem where we were to meet our good friend Sam Pereira. We had met Sam several years ago in Goa, India. He had graciously offered to let us stay with him if we ever came to New York City, 

It was in the mid 90s in the city and very humid. It reminded me of New Orleans in the summer. We were hot and sweating by the time we arrived at his residence, The moment we entered his flat he offered us chilled wet towelettes to cool our hot faces, showed us his bedroom, with a very comfortable bed. There were towels, and a gift package, and water for each of us on the bed. He then announced that dinner was ready. He had made a dinner of cous-cous with green olives,, roasted lamb, and after dinner he pulled out his signature  Puerto Rican Flan topped with a Guava puree paste on top! It was all unbelievably delicious and extremely generous.(Sorry I did not get photos of the meal) There is a reason United Airlines made him Flight Attendant of the year! What a wonderful way the arrive in the Big Apple!

The next day was 9/11 and still very hot. We choose to ride the buses above ground, rather than the super hot subway. We traveled south along 5th Ave to Central Park and visited the Guggenheim Museum where we saw several installations by Turell who works with light.  While the three day New York Pass may be the best way to to save money and see many sights, we chose the Explorer pass as it extends over 30 days. We  can still see many of the same sights, but will be able to see some more when we return from Montreal and Quebec in a week or so. It was fun to walk the streets and see the fashionistas, and encounter the street buskers  beating out cadence on plastic buckets. It was very hot so we would jump into hotels and churches to cool off under their air conditioning. 

We went into Rockefeller Center and rode the lift to top of the rock for views over Central Park and downtown.   
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Linda Bentler on

Love New York, Tom. It is a fabulous city. Darcy , my daughter & I had the best vacation there a few years back. T he food was wonderful, the theatre amazing & the museams truly something. I would love to spend more time there. Glad you &Barb are having fun.

billy king on

Grand Central terminal..check out Juniors!!!! and give my regards to Broadway!! Flushing for crazy good chinatown street food!

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