New York with Mum

On our way to visit family in Toronto we stopped over in San Francisco and New York.

I have been to San Francisco many times so on this trip we just spent 1.5 days here so that mum could take a break between long flights.  The trams and the Muni were on strike so this is the 1st time I haven’t been able to ride the trams …I so love riding the tramscrying  

We took the ferry from the Ferry building to Sausalito …it is a lovely trip to do on a lovely day in San Fran – as you cruise out from the city you see the lovely San Fran city scape, the Oakland Bay Bridge (I love this bridge just as much as the Golden Gate Bridge), Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and of course Sausalito. 

Last time I did this trip I stopped in one of the many galleries to see the Dr Seuss print collection… there were so many more prints available to purchase than this trip and they were a lot cheaper…I should have bought a print the 1st time I visited as some of my favourites have got very expensive. 

We strolled the waterfront, checked out a few shops and bought a yummy pastrami on rye from a deli to eat on the waterfront and watch the world go by.  My best photos of this awesome trip were taken on my last visit to Sausalito so here is a link so you can check them out.  I love the shops in the Ferry Building too…

We had a lovely dinner out with Lance, Greg & Sophie at a local Vietnamese restuarant...I haven't had good Vietnamese food since we were in Vietnam.  Sophie and Greg are neon sign gazing.

Mum, Lance Sophie & Greg outside restuarantGreg & Sophie neon sign gazing

We then travelled to New York for 4 days…on the 1st morning mum woke up feeling full of a cold so we decided to take the day easy.  We ventured out to take a walk in the sun on the Highline walk.  A group of people got together and turned an old part of the railway lines in the Meatpacking district into a garden walkway in the sky.  We started at the Chelsea Market which is a lovely indoor food market filled with places to eat and some lovely little boutique shops. Both the market and walkway look over Hudson Bay.

Inside Chelsea MarketView of Hudson Bay from Highline walkway

We then strolled in the sun along the skyline checking out some of the street scapes

Street view from Highline walkskyline view from HIghline walkway

quirky buildings and gardens

wild flowers on Highline walkway

The walkway is lovely, however I feel sorry for the locals ....this walkway was orginally for them but the secret is out and tourists like me flock to the area taking away their quite little walkway in the big city! 

While mum spent some time in bed with her cold, I took the train to Greenwich, Connecticut to catchup with Anton (my step brother) & his family for a night.  They live in lovely mansion with a view of Long Island in the distance in a lovely little village just 45 minutes on the train from downtown New York

We visited the MOMA and the MET galleries and took a lovely stroll through central park…only wish I had my camera on me but I didn’t take it as you cannot use it in the gallery and the galleries don't like big backpacks.  The MOMA is in a lovely new building with wonderful light and cool visual angles.  We checked out the American artists …I was not inspired by their collections, with the exception of Andy Warhol's works.  I have been to so many wonderful galleries in Europe and seen some amazing artwork…the American artists just cannot compete.  We also checked out some of the European art work.  We did not spend more than a couple of hours at each gallery as mum was still not well.

Of course this big kid cannot visit New York without checking out FAO Schwarz toy store!  We also had to take in a  show on Broadway... Wicked – a musical – the untold stories of the witches of OZ.  It was an awesome show but does not compete with some of my favourites like Lion King, Rent & Miss Siagon.

More photos can be found here.