Wrapping up the trip:
Another trip to Providence for Waterfire which was generally underwhelming. Company of XKCD, Glench, and Ziggy made up for it.
A trip to Manhattan which was awesome. We met up with the always lovely babe_of_beyazit -- which makes up for a regretfully missed opportunity while she still resided on our side of the country.
I didn't know a whole lot about the organization of New York, so I had initially expected that it'd be far too difficult to go see things. I was utterly wrong -- this set in when I saw signs for the Empire State Building which I insisted we follow. From the top, of course, you can see everything around, so then I began to hatch crazy ideas.
After babe_of_beyazit headed back home (much like Godzilla heads home after the requisite trashing of Tokyo), we went by the WTC site. It's a big construction site -- entirely underwhelming. Shortly after the attack, there were spotlights set up there to create "towers of light" where the two towers had been. Those were not still running -- I can only assume it was a temporary thing.
From there to Times Square. Back and forth and around while wishing we had a bit more time to actually catch a show on Broadway. Lovely, lovely midnight dinner at Roxy's Delicatessen where we cashed in on some very fine New York cheesecake.
The next morning, we took off for Grand Central station and caught lunch at Junior's Deli. I would've preferred the one on Flatbush and a slightly smaller lunch with room for cheesecake (owing to Still Life with Woodpecker). No regrets about the food in any event.
The remainder of the day was spent in Central Park. Golden Gate Park pales in comparison. We went from the Maine Monument and were briefly distracted by the Carousel. When we rode it the first time, we sat in one of the non-moving carriages and were joined by an elderly gentleman who mentioned that he hadn't ridden it in about 40 years. He was joined by two elderly women and a younger woman who was leading them around. One of the elderly women was a bit upset that she get her leg over and ride one of the horses. They were being filmed, though I didn't get to find out for what. A good time was generally had by all.
From there, we were off to the Hans Christian Andersen and Alice in Wonderland statuary. We swung around through the ramble to see Belvedere Castle and the Lake. Belvedere Castle was closed (sigh!), but we spent an hour or so rowing about -- I started and relsqui took over because she decided I wasn't having enough fun.
Headed East and not back South around the lake. We realized the mistake and -- on relsqui's insistence that walking across the park was shorter than two blocks to the green line -- trodded back across to the West, catching Strawberry Fields on the way. There's a circle there which has "Imagine" inscribed in a grove. It was amusing to note that outside of that grove, people looked like what you'd expect in New York. Inside that grove, you might as well have pulled in a carload of people from Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley.
Off to the subway and back down to catch our train back to Rhode Island at Penn Station which was quite delayed.
A little bit of time was spent in Boston the following day to meet forgotten_aria at long last and Ziggy. We spent a bit of time at South Station -- too much and yet I wish we'd had more -- and zipped off to the airport as quick as we could. We were a bit late and were pushed through security and rushed over to the gate.
Now -- at home.
(I wrote this yesterday, but strangely didn't post this. I must have been distracted -- I remember accidentally hitting "Spell Check", going back, and hitting post...Thankfully, LJ has a save feature.)