Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New York City

We took the limo bus from Boston to New York on October 16.  It actually left from Cambridge, Mass.  The ride was quite nice, and a few hours later we were in mid-town Manhattan.  The bus was a much better option than going out to Logan, going through security, flying to LaGuardia, and taking a cab.  And it was cheaper!  We traveled on a Saturday, so we didn't get slowed down very much as the bus crossed through New York.

Penny does all of our travel planning on tripadvisor.com, and just like for Massachusetts, she really nailed this one.  We stayed in Chelsea at Dupuy House, located very near to David's and Louis's place.  They bought an apartment there in Manhattan.  Don't ask the price, and we won't tell.   Of their apartment, I mean to say.  Dupuy House was astonishingly reasonable for Manhattan.

We were very busy in New York, but did not do the tourist thing and take lots of pictures.  We have quite a few from 2008 when we passed through on our way to Siberia.  David and Louis both have high-powered jobs that keep them very busy, but they took time out for us.  We really appreciated their hospitality, and it is always a joy to spend time with them.

We went out to New Jersey and saw Hairspray at the Paper Mill Playhouse.  Our neighbor from San Diego, Deidre Haren, had a part in the show.  We also had Michael and Christine Flaherty to our place for dinner, and later we went out to Darien for dinner at their place.  The advantages of renting a place with kitchen facilities!  It was fun to entertain! Between Trader Joe's and the Chelsea Market, we were able to get good things to cook.  

David has been very active in The Trevor Project, and we were fortunate to be able to attend a fundraiser for that anti-suicide effort.  It will get better!  If you are reading this, then you can help too!

I did some research at the New York Public Library on my book project.  Obviously not much could be done in just a few days, but I did discover a line of inquiry that will have to be pursued later.  So we are planning to come back from Europe next year and go straight to New York, where we will stay for a month.

On October 24, we flew from JFK airport down to BWI, the airport formerly known as Friendship.

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