What We Did on Our NYC Vacation

We went to NYC last week.

We went specifically to see Devo in concert, which we succeeded in doing!

Credit: Michael Pilmer/Devo-Obsesso

It was a fun experience for two middle-agers and a nine-year-old.

But we did so many other things, that I nearly forgot that we went to see Devo in the first place.

We were there 2.5 days. Devo was on the evening of the first full day. Here’s what we did the rest of the time.

Arrival: Way to darn late – but what a view.

We got a hotel one block from Times Square.

Leaving Penn Station. And OMG! It's the Empire State Building!
Leaving Penn Station. And OMG! It’s the Empire State Building!
The view from our hotel.
The view from our hotel.
Times Square (and the venue for the Devo concert) are RIGHT THERE!
Times Square (and the venue for the Devo concert) are RIGHT THERE!

In case you’re wondering, we stayed at the Row Hotel.

Day 1: Medieval Museum Escapades

I polled Facebook the day before we left and my friends who apparently know me well suggested that we visit The Cloisters, a museum of medieval artifacts. This was a good call!

Some geology along the way. Gneiss!
Some geology along the way. Gneiss!
Gneiss bowl.
Gneiss bowl.
Nice kid on some gneiss stairs.
Nice kid on some gneiss stairs.

Then it became research. Fun research. About 14th and 15th (mostly 15th) century life.

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We left The Cloisters and headed toward the main Metropolitan Museum. …With a walk across Central Park.

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Armor and swords. How could I not photograph this?
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Same nice kid. Different gneiss rocks.

Then, we enjoyed the Met. I might have focused my attention on the armor. Maybe.

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20140619_145116This caught my eye. It’s the foot of a chair.

They don't make chairs like this any more.
They don’t make chairs like this any more.

It was a long day of walking. Then the concert.

Day 2: Joining the rest of the tourists.

It was time to do some traditional NYC sight seeing. We hit the important landmarks:

The Statue of Liberty

Liberty cropped

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The Memorial at Ground Zero

20140620_143708And the view from the Empire State Building.

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By the time we got home (well after dark), my back was killing me. I was happy to lay down for a good night’s rest.

Day 3: Honoring our Navy

We had the better part of the day before our train was leaving, so we took the opportunity to see just one more thing within walking distance of our hotel.

Eye-popping art on the wall that we saw on our walk.
Eye-popping art on the wall that we saw on our walk.

The boy is fascinated with World War II, especially submarines and the sea battles. So it seemed only fitting that we would spend our last morning before catching our train visiting the carrier Intrepid.

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The medieval came back with a final blast as we passed the ruins of Bannerman’s Castle at twilight.

Castle ruins

It was a great trip. We have tons of great memories, and we’re looking forward to going back again.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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