Thursday, September 29, 2011

Travel & NY 9/8-9

Our morning travel yesterday was pretty uneventful. Left Indy on time-small commuter plane-arrived on time-minor glitch with car was quickly resolved-drive to hotel was OK. When we checked onto the Waldorf Towers (attached to the Waldorf Astoria) we were treated very well. Our suite is quite grand. Jill says it is as big as our small house in Iowa.

For late lunch, we walk a few blocks and ended up at Smith & Wilensky Grill (next to S&W Steak & Chops). Picked up choc chip cookies and choc milk for later.

Friday late AM we boarded a double-decker tour bus for the downtown tour. He was a hop-off-hop-on tour. We just stayed on. Quite a bit of extra time to go through frequent police security stops initiated within the couple days. Every small truck was pulled over and police inspected the cargo compartment. While inconvenient, we were happy to see them aggressively doing security checks.
The nature of the tour was that we saw the sights and passengers could hop off at various stops to explore and hop on a later bus. We didn't do that - we just went for the ride. We spotted the usual sights of lower Manhattan - Rockefeller Center, Empire State Bldg, Chrysler Bldg, Chinatown, Wall St, World Trade Center site, the under-construction Memorial Tower, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, Flat Iron Bldg, Greenwich Vlg, Soho, Madison Sq Garden, United Nations, Times Sq, 2 million sq ft NY Macy's, Central Park, and many Broadway Marquees. I'm sure I have missed something; but, we probably drove past it.
We were out for about 5 hours - very long for us. We went straight to Metro Cafe, ate lunch, bought choc chip cookies and chocolate milk for later and headed to our room to prepare for Jersey Boys tonight.

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