New York City              (5)


Our final full day was spent making shorter stops at some of the “must see” wishes of our family. We started off with a lengthy walk through Central Park, which was twofold. First, it was nice to see more of the mid section of the park observing all the native New Yorkers enjoying the morning, and second, we were making our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Our original plan was to see the costume exhibit for my daughter who is aspiring to be a fashion designer but the exhibit is closed for renovation for four years! Why the website didn’t include that on the page for the exhibit is beyond me. We decided to visit the museum anyway and focused on the American and European art sections. The museum is very large and can easily take all day to see everything but after exploring the two areas sections we needed to move on in order to make our other stops.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Then we headed off for the NYC Library. We had read about an exhibit that contained the original toys from Christopher Robin Milne that were the inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh books. A.A. Milne, the author of the books, had purchased the toys at Harrods in London for Christopher’s first birthday. Though quite tattered from use, it was fun to see the toys that inspired stories that we have enjoyed sharing with our children.

To end the day, we took the subway further south to Grimaldi’s Pizza. We had heard that no trip to New York was complete without eating there, so we thought it would be worth the journey. The pizzas are cooked in a coal-brick oven and topped with fresh ingredients and sliced fresh mozzarella (not shredded). It was, in my opinion, the best pizza we had in New York.

From the museum, we caught a quick cab ride back to Rockefeller Center because we did not have the time to shop at the NBC store when we were there the day before. After picking up a few souvenirs, we took the cab drivers suggestion and ate a late lunch at Bill’s Bar and Burger. The restaurant was larger than most in New York, and was a great place to sit, relax, and enjoy the fantastic burgers.

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