We've arrived at our hotel on the Thursday before our Sunday Cruise.
We stayed at the Hampton Inn at the corner of 51st St. & 8th Ave. in Manhattan. It was a great location. This is the view of the street from our room.
We were only a block from Broadway and within walking distance of all the major theatres. You can see the Gershwin Theatre where Wicked is playing from our hotel room. It is the white building with the black marquee.
About to take our first ride on the NY subway on Friday morning.
Sheila patiently waits for the uptown C train.
We took the subway to the American Museum of Natural History stop where we headed across the street to Central Park.
We took a meandering path through the Ramble on our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was a cloudy overcast day and rained lightly for much of the morning.
You can just make out some midtown Manhattan buildings in the background in this shot.
What a view.
Sheila paused by a lake with another view of midtown Manhattan in the background.
Kenny walks under a stone arch bridge.
We came across Bethesda Fountain as we meandered through The Ramble on our way to the museum.
We finally made it to the museum.
We paused at the Temple of Dendur, which dates from 15 BC, on the way to the American Wing.
Sheila getting a cat fix in the American Wing.
Over looking the Charles Englehard Court in the American Wing. We had a quick lunch in the adjoining cafe before moving on to the European Paintings.
We spent most of our time at the museum in the European Paintings wing. Here Kenny admires Raphael's "Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints" ca 1504.
Another view of this magnificent 500 year old alterpiece.
Sheila pauses to take in Rembrandt's "Aristotle with a bust of Homer" painted in 1653.
Sheila admires La Tour's "The Penitent Magdalen" ca 1643.
Kenny reads about a Goya portrait from approximately 1790. Notice the cat in the lower left corner of the painting.
Kenny admires Francesco Guardi's "Fantastic Landscape" ca 1760.
Sheila admiring Giovanni de Paolo's "Madonna and Child with Saint" alterpiece from 1454.
Taddeo Gaddi's alterpiece dates from 1340.
A Japanese tour guide talks about Jacques-Louis David's "The Death of Socrates" from 1787.
A better look at this very famous painting.
Looking back down the stairs towards the grand lobby. We passed here on our way to the 19th Century European Paintings wing.
Where we found Van Gogh's "Wheat Fields with Cypress" from 1889.
Sheila admires two works by Gustav Klimt.
Sheila walks away from Renoir's "The Daughters of Catulle Mendès" painted in 1888.
Saturday morning - time to head to the Empire State Building. After several cloudy and rainy days, the weather is perfect. It's a bit cool so Sheila zips up her jacket.
The Subway is not too crowded this early on a Saturday.
We passed Macy's original entrance as we walked from the subway stop to the Empire State Building.
Looking up from the base of the Empire State Building.
View from across the street.
The building facade with the well known moniker.
It took us about 45 minutes to make it through all the lines and to the 86th floor ovservation deck. It was a pretty day with great visibility and a Saturday to boot. I guess this was to be expected.
We took an elevator to the 80th floor and took the stairs the final 6 floors.
Saturday was the first clear day in a while and the observation deck was jam packed with people.
Our pilgrimage is complete though Sheila's not too happy about the crowd. Photos showing the views follow.
The Chrysler Building was the tallest building in the world prior to the completion of the Empire State Building. It held that title for only one year though.
You had to pay extra to go up to the 102nd floor observatory.
It was worth it though. Not near as crowded and great views.
Lady Liberty as seen from the 102nd floor.
Sheila concentrates on taking a photo.
Our hotel is over there somewhere.
We'll be over there tomorrow.