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Day 1 - March 10, 2017

Dexter and Westfield to New York

Both Stephanie and I in Dexter and Savannah in Westfield got up early for our flights to LaGuardia Airport in NYC. Savannah arrived a bit before us and met us at baggage claim. We arrived to snow falling and on the ground in the city. We grabbed a cab for the ride into Manhattan. It was a slow traffic-filled ride with a little too much time spent in the Queens Tunnel for our comfort but we arrived at the Cambria Hotel & Suites on 46th Street safe and sound.

Cambria Hotel & Suites is in a great location for exploring Mid and downtown Manhattan. It's on 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

We checked in and headed over to Rockefeller Center (a very cold and snowy walk!) for a quick lunch and a planned visit to the Top of the Rock and a tour of Rockefeller Center. We planned a lunch at Wichcraft in Rockefeller Center. Good sandwiches at this deli chain started and owned by Tom Colicchio of "Top Chef" fame (for you Food Network junkies). Here's Savannah and I outside the deli:

We had done some pretty serious planning for this trip and next on the agenda was a tour of Rockefeller Center and going up to the top of Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) for a view of Manhattan. However, given the snowy and cloudy conditions we decided to postpone these activities until Monday.

This left a big hole in our schedule so we decided to head on over to the Museum of Modern Art or MOMA instead. We had all been to MOMA before but there is always something interesting on exhibit there. We were not disappointed. There was the usual stuff, such as Andy Warhol:

and Pablo Picasso (I love this one...not everyone's a fan) and Vincent Van Gogh:

There were also a couple of interesting temporary exhibitions, including a retrospective of the work of Francis Picabia, a French artist who worked in a very diverse set of styles and media. Also interesting was an exhibit called "100 Years" by Hans-Peter Feldmann, which was a series of photos, linearly displayed around 3 walls of a room of persons aged 0 to 100. A very interesting couple of hours.

After that we took in the beautiful St. Patricks Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Here's a picture of the inside which doesn't do it justice:

By that time the snow had stopped and the weather had cleared so we did some walking around Rockefeller Center, watched the skaters,

and got some yummy macarons (well, yummy to Steph and Savannah anyway...I'm not a fan).

We still had a couple hours left in the afternoon so we added a tour of Radio City Music Hall to our agenda and it was worth it to see that gorgeous building. There were no productions going on at the time so we got to go on stage and see the view of the hall from there--quite impressive. Here are a couple shots of Savannah (Can't you see her doing the can-can?) and me (an obligatory selfie) onstage:

Back to the Cambria to give our feet a rest and get ready for dinner. Dinner was planned at Palma, a recommended Italian restaurant in the West Village. First we had to get there. Our Lyft driver never showed up?! So we grabbed a cab for an adventurous trip downtown. This was a stereotypical New York cab ride where you grab hold, close your eyes, and hope you make it in one piece. After a few wrong turns we made it to a beautiful intimate restaurant.

The food at Palma was delicious in the covered and heated courtyard area. An added bonus was that we witnessed a marriage proposal at a nearby table and cheered along with the rest of the room when she said yes!

A very eventful Day 1! We returned to the Cambria to rest up for Day 2.

Posted by jeffsurfus 11:42 Archived in USA

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