Grand Central Terminal

After the library, we grabbed lunch.We took photos of the Chrysler building.then, we walked to Grand Central Terminal.I had no idea that it was so large.

We walked to the Empire State Building which was taller than I anticipated.

We caught Uber and headed to the statue of liberty, passing the Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and the Brooklyn Bridge on the way.

Peddlers Village

We went to check out the shops at Peddlers Village, Pennsylvania.  There was a scarecrow competition going on.  I took photos of a lot of them.One of the stores.  My mom refers to my daughter’s room as her mole hole, so I needed the photo of the sign.

The water wheelThere were a lot of jerky stores on my trip. Of course we found a bookstore. The carousel in the children’s area.This has to be the fastest carousel I have ever seen. another bookstore
We headed to Rocky Horror after we finished looking at everything.   I was happy to stop fighting with the umbrella that Michelle made me bring with us.

Rocky Horror, New Hope

A week or two before my trip, we decided to get tickets to a play.  Michelle chose one of the movies that I have memorized.  We decided to go to the Sunday matinee.

We were among the youngest in the theater.  I guess that’s what we get for choosing the matinee. 

The drink menu was entertaining.  I chose dammit Janet.  Shirley Temple and vodka.We got a goodie bag in our seats. 
We couldn’t take photos inside, other than at the very end.  I hope Michelle posts some of those.  Video, too.

After the show, we found a bookstore. 

We passed a few things, looking for a place to have dinner.The sign on the bathroom door.Happy hour!  Mine is the blackberry basil drink.Fries with gorgonzola and bacon jam.My shrimp scampi with rice noodles.
And, Michelle’s cauliflower tacos in the background.

We went back and slept.  The rain did us in, too.  

Headed home

Michelle dropped me off at 445 am at Philadelphia’s airport. We were worried that my bag would be over the fifty pound limit. I checked in with a 47 pound bag. My carryon and boarding bag went with me to security.

There was a long, long line to get to security. They had a dog sniffing shoes, so we didn’t have to remove them going through the actual security portion. I wish that I’d had my phone with me, instead of having it go through security, because I would have loved some photos of the stuff going through.

A woman shoved past me to get her bag through all of ten seconds faster than me. She reeked of fresh vodka at 5 am. Maybe she needed to get rid of the liquid in her bag?

One of men in front of me had one of those security bins full of bags of potato chips and the other with a loose oatmeal cookie and his cell phone.  The cell phone was confiscated, but not the cookie.  I didn’t stick around to find out why.

I had moved my seat when I checked in, so I knew I didn’t have anyone next to me on the first leg of the flight. When I boarded the plane, I put on my headphones and immediately fell asleep. I woke up for breakfast, pictured below, and then I went right back to sleep.

I woke up at touchdown. I grabbed my bag and wandered down to the next gate, at the opposite end of the terminal. I found a seat and almost right away they called for volunteers to gate check bags. I am headed home, so there’s no reason to not do it, and I’d packed it, expecting it, since I was going to board in group E anyhow.

I ended up seated next to a man who had taken a sleeping pill.   At least I wasn’t required to try to chat most of the flight.  I slept on and off. 

Eventually, we got to the end of the flight, and the guy decides he wants to chat.   He’s on his first vacation with his boyfriend of three months.   I gave him suggestions about what to see.   The part I didn’t know about, I told him where to find the info.

My suitcases came out fairly quickly and I headed to lunch before going home to nap.   I had to rest before going off to class.  

Happy Anniversary!

I got a notification that yesterday was my anniversary with WordPress. I had started the blog on another site, but moved to this one after a few months.

Many posts and many books later, we are still here, and still having adventures.

I hope to get to the gym more, and travel some more. Many more books are going to be read. Hopefully many more adventures will be had, too.

Maybe more guest bloggers, but I sure hope that there will be more guest blog posts.

Here’s to a new year!

Bryant Park and the library

The Sales Force building
The statue of William Bryant in Bryant Park.Unfortunately, most of Bryant Park was closed to prepare for the winter festivities.  The carousel was open, though.The carousel at Bryant ParkThe side entrance to the library, and the Chrysler buildingI was disappointed that I didn’t get to see the lions.The architecture in the library was amazingly beautiful.  I can see why people do wedding photos, etc here.  We had the option to do a docent tour, but I didn’t want to spend two hours there.A painting of Truman Capote.  It was the only one done in the early 1970s, so it kinda stood out.I gota NYC library card!Bags in the library gift shop.The outside of the library.

Statue of Liberty

We weren’t supposed to go onto the ferry to see the statue, but we were earlier than expected and decided to try it. We arrived and were approached by a ticket seller who assured us that we were right on time for the last ferry.   Sure we were, but we were in the wrong place. 

We got to the right place, but had to exchange the ticket for the ferry ticket.  We found out that there was no guarantee that we’d make it onto the ferry, unless we went on the 7 pm night tour.  Sold!  Plan C.  This meant that we’d miss the 911 memorial and we would be returning to Pennsylvania late.  We also had two hours to wait.  We checked out the stores and looked into happy hour at the block party that was nearby.

The shoes in here were amazing, but there’s no way I could ever wear them.Of course, we found a bookstore.  After the ferry returned, we walked by and realized there was an upstairs to the store.  I missed it.  Oh well.  Next time.There was an art store.   This particular piece was $1150.  I don’t think I need anything like this, though.  My goal was to get through this without breaking anything.  Goal met!We got in line for the ferry.  The view was amazing.I took several photosThis is my attempt at a panoramic photoThis is actually a museum we didn’t get into.I didn’t forget my ticket! We hadn’t taken any photos together at this point.The ferry went under the bridges.  Brooklyn, Manhattan and I never found out what this is. The views were just beautifulThe World Trade Center nowThe Empire State Building and the Chrysler buildingThe bridge where the NYC Marathon starts.This cracked me up.  The water was rocky, so it bounced us a bit.The beautiful lady libertyA woman on the ferry offered to take our photo.   Her husband got nosy and photo bombed us.  All four of them were awful, but they entertained us and gave us a good laugh.Michelle’s camera takes better photos than mine.  I hope she’ll blog her version of the day, too.

Headed to New York City

Michelle and I headed from Pennsylvania to Trenton, New Jersey to catch the train to Penn station, New York. Three states in one day. Kind of foreign to this Californian. It was very doable.

We got our tickets and got breakfast and headed to the platform to board the train. We would arrive just before noon in New York City.

Round trip from Trenton to Penn station. Here we go!

Of course, I attempted to read, but I was too busy looking at scenery and being lulled to sleep by the train moro motion.

New Brunswick. I meant to look up what it was, but I haven’t yet.

Last stop! Penn station. Get out.

Pulling into Penn station was fascinating, but it was too dark to video it. There are tracks EVERYWHERE. 21 tracks to board trains. I can’t believe how many people go in and out of here daily.

I was amazed by the shops and other things to see in the station. It took us a while to figure out where we needed to exit to get pointed in the right direction. We are both from big cities so we weren’t thrown too much with the noise and crowds. Once we figured out which direction to head, we were good.


We went into New York City for the day. We took the train in. The goal was to walk from there to Times Square to the library and tour it. Then to Grand Central Terminal. We’d see the Chrysler building and the Empire State building and the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to the statue of liberty. Then we’d see the 911 memorial and head back. Doable, since we weren’t planning on going inside to see anything that required a line.

We had a loose schedule and no real timeline. We were prepared for plan A. Ready to switch to plan B. At one point, we switched to plan C.

We had had a great time, but I took too many photos again, so I’ll have to break the trip into pieces again, and post out of order.