I realize not everyone has experience with blogs so it might help to mention how they work for those of you that don't read them often. When you first get to our site the first post you see will be the most recent. If you have missed any posts or my wonderful storytelling of the crazy events leading up to all this, or if you are bored out of your mind and need something to help put you to sleep; you can go to the right side where it says 'Blog Archive' and click on the date you missed. Older posts are at the top. Also you can click on pictures to enlarge them and then hit the X in the right corner to get back to the blog. Now, on to the more important stuff: Ethan!!
No, we didn't go to a garage sale. This is actually an exhibit at MoMA!
Manhattan from the Hudson
Going under the Brooklyn Bridge
The past 2 weekends we started our trek through Museum Mile. Most large cities have something called City Pass which gives you admission to several attractions for one slightly lower price. We had tickets for: the Met, MoMA, American Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim, Empire State Building, and the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise. The only catch is you have to do it in 9 days. Not a problem for the average tourist but since Blake works during the week, we had to spread all that out over 2 weekends. The first weekend we did MoMA and the Circle Line Tour. I love art and come from an artistic family; that being said, some art is REALLY in the eye of the beholder! They have many very interesting and very unusual pieces. MoMA also has a lot of art from famous well known artists. Some of the better known pieces were from: Matisse, Magritte, Picasso, Dahli, Pollock, and Warhol, to name a few. To me, the most impressive was seeing van Gogh's Starry Night. They also had a very large collection of Picasso. The next day we took the Circle Line Tour around the whole island of Manhattan. A tip for those who come here and want to do this: don't rush to the top deck like everyone else. Unless your boat is just packed, there are less people on the inside, downstairs deck. Your view is just as good and you have more ability to be mobile and walk back and forth from one side to the other. So we started our 3 hour tour;yes, I said 3 hour tour. Hence the name of the post. No, Gilligan was not there and we did not shipwreck. The tour starts on the Western side of lower Manhattan in the Hudson and does a complete circle of the island. You go under several bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge and get great views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Manhattan skyline and much more. You also get to see a side of Manhattan that few see or even realize is there. Parts of the northern side of the island reminds me of being out on a lake in the middle of the country; not around the corner from one of the worlds largest metropolitan cities. We went to the Guggenheim but they only had 2 exhibits open because of the installation of a new exhibit. We plan on going back before we leave when the new exhibit opens. Something else you need to know if you plan on coming here is how to navigate the museums. When visiting the museums here make sure to bring a compass, ribbon, and gps. Every museum I have been to has been like visiting one of those carnival fun houses with all the mirrors. You go into one room and it has 3 other doors to choose from. So you pick a door, go through that room and it has 3 more doors. The gps and compass are obvious, the ribbon is to mark where you have been and how to find your way back out. If you want to see everything and read about what you see, it will take between 1 to 2 days to see it all depending on the museum. I am not kidding. So far all the museums have at least one restaurant so when you have been lost in it for days you don't die of starvation. Oh yea, also bring lots of money. They don't care if it took you 2 days to find the cafe and you are about to die of malnutrition, that sandwich will still cost you $15. I must give my wonderful husband credit for being drug through not 1, not 2, but 4 museums. With only a minimal amount of complaining ;) Well, there is my weekly report complete with free advice. I wont charge you for the advice; consider it like a virtual time share presentation. You get to sit and listen (well read) a boring presentation and then get to watch me go out and have fun! Thanks!!