Sunday, August 23, 2009

New York New York, it's a wonderful town!

New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!
The Bronx is up and the Battery's down
The people ride in a hole in the ground,
New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!*

I'm off to New York today, on my annual trip to see my daughter and her family. She actually lives just outside of New York City so we have to catch the train into town which is a bit of a hassle. Not the train itself which is just fine, but the fact that it takes an hour and a half to get wherever you want to go.

I would like to spend a few days in a hotel in Manhattan, be right in the centre of things, but it is expensive and they usually talk us out of it. The thing is that we don't get to go to the theatre often, unless we plan a matinée since it is a bit late to travel so far after an evening performance. But I do love New York and I have visited all the wonderful museums and galleries since we first started going there 14 years ago. There is never a shortage of things to do and see in that very vibrant city. So I am sure I will find something of interest to tell you about.

We also hope to get to Washington DC again for a few days, to stay with our friends who are spending a year there, lucky things. We spent a five days there a couple of years ago and I have been dying to get back. I never imagined, before I went, how much I would enjoy that town.

Of course I knew about the Smithsonian in theory, but it was just so much more in reality. One of the most moving experiences in my life was seeing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or the Wall as it is more simply known. Watching so many people stand before it, put out their hands to touch some name is just simply overwhelming. People reverently lay things at the base and what an wonderful design treasure it is.

I'm not even American but seeing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America was also a moving experience. So I am looking forward to a foray back to Washington DC, however brief it might be.

I know it has been quiet here of late, except for the lunch series and I am sparing you all the rest, except for one at a very special venue, which should be posted soon. Thanks to Miss Moggs who has also been keeping things alive.

Back online soon I hope and not only to play Buildabearville, the Second Life for 5-10 year olds, as I call it, with my granddaughter. Joanna Astronaut is my handle there, she says laughingly. Look out for her if you have to venture there with your young ones.

So New York, New York I'm on my way.

The images above are from Wikimedia commons, the first a military photo and I thought quite interesting.

* Song from the 1940s musical and film On the Town.


Carver said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip JMB. I love visiting Manhattan and also DC. I've always enjoyed the Smithsonian since I was a child and my parents used to take us there. I remember making sure to take my daughter to the Smithsonian when she was growing up too. I'm with you about the Vietnam memorial. That's very moving to me also. Hope you have a great time and can get to everywhere you want to.

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

The Memorial in DC is very moving isn't it?, Don't forget it is not the only one tho. Did you get to see the patrol? They seem like they could just keep walking...

For sheer overwhelming power tho I think Arlington with those countless rows of stones is something else.

Janice Thomson said...

Have a wonderful trip JMB!
Look forward to seeing what you discovered when you are back :)

jmb said...

Thanks to everyone for your good wishes, I hope it is an interesting trip.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I know you're having a good time as I've been in touch with you personally tonight. I'd love to see some of the NY museums and Washington DC.