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Vegas!!!!!

sunny 22 °C

Finally my Vegas posting, have left it until 2.30am on my last night here to post an update of the past three days.

We arrived late on Tuesday night, so apart from watching the fountain go off here at Bellagio, we ha a quick go on the tables before calling it a night (played roulette and broke even for the night).

Next day was our helicopter flight out to the Grand Canyon, where we actually descended and landed in the canyon for a picnic lunch, complete with bubbly. You simply cannot comprehend how big the canyon is without seeing it in person. The flight out there was awesome, taking in some spectacular sights of Hoover dam, Lake Mead, and the general rugged terrain of the desert out here.

We splurged for a very fancy steak dinner, complete with sides of wild mushrooms, brussell sprouts and truffles potatos. Ranks up there as one of the best meals I have eaten, and definitely the best one of our trip.

After dinner it was game on, hitting the tables again. I have developed a preference for roulette over black jack, and finished the night at about quarter to 4 in the morning $250 up for the night.

Today we walked down the south end of the Strip, checking out New York New York (we rode the roller coaster which was excellent though a little bone jarring at times - more fun than and cheaper than a chiropractor though), excallibur, MGM grand. Given this is the first time in 2 weeks we have walked anywhere in tempaates above 12 degrees, we were thirsty by this stage and decided to grab a half-yard frozen margarita each to quench our thirst.

Tonight we saw Cirque de Soleil, the O show here at Bellagio, which was fantastic. Then I had truffles for dinner for the second night in a row, this time in a very good pea and pancetta pasta at another of the 7 restaurants here within Bellagio.

Finally another hit on the roulette wheel (broke even again), then upstairs to post an update for y'all before trying to get some sleep before the flight home tomorrow night, but before that we hit the factory outlets and check out the north end of the strip.

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Posted by j0ne5y 02:21 Archived in USA Comments (0)

NY Public Library, MoMA ad Jazz at the Lincoln Centre

sunny 4 °C

2nd last day in New York, so we divided and conquered different parts of the city we each wanted to see during the morning.

I was off to the New York Public Library to take a peek inside, having seen it from the outside a few days ago (see photo on earlier posting). Inside is stunning, marble halls (and toilets, though no photos of these cos that would be weird). Unfortunately the main exhibition room was closed for some renovations, but even without this I could have easliy spent hours in this building.

After the library I did some quick last minute shopping at Macy's once again (check out the number of shopping bags I have managed to accumulate in the past week).

From there we met up again to hit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which is quite out there in some sections. I have decided it is a very fine line between being and artist and a downright lunatic, and one day I hope to fall into the artist category.

The key exhibitions was a number of photos all taken by females (very timely since it is international womens day March 8), and also Picasso's guitars. Apart from these and some other paintings by Picasso (they have heaps in their collection at MoMA), van Gough and Andy Warhol, the other highlight was seeing an image of Rooney as a boy (see below). Why on earth a picture of Rooney has ended up in the MoMA is anyone's guess, but as I said they did have some pretty out there stuff going on at the museum so nothing surprises me really.

For our last night in NY we caught some jazz at the Licoln Centre, which was very good. We saw the Christine Jensen orchestra featuring Ingrid Jensen (critically acclaimed trumpeter).

Tomorrow evening we head to Vegas, time to start winning back some of the money I have spent in NY on the tables.....

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Museum of Natural History

rain 8 °C

Today it poured rain so we, along with what seemed like every other tourist and half of New York took shelter in the Museum of Natural History (think of the movie Night at the Museum). The museum houses some really cool displays of animals, artifacts from Ancient civilizations around the world and a whole level dedicated to dinosaurs.

After coming home to dry off for a while, we went to our local restaurant Cognac since it is on the next block and we didn't fancy getting our second set of clothes wet for the day. We have eaten there twice now, and both times were very good, and quite reasonably priced. Whether it was the cold rain outside, or simply because of the name of the restaurant, I decided to try my first cognac (an American one recommended by the locals and Andrew after he tried it on our first visit), and decided I could quite easily develop a taste for a good cognac....hhmmmm duty free shopping awaits on my arrival home!

A day and a half left in New York, another museum tomorrow and what ever else we can fit in around it.

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Chelsea, Momofuku and the lights of Time Square

semi-overcast 15 °C

After the freezing temperatures of the past two days, today it heated up to a balmy 15 degrees. Unfortunately my tour guide from yesterday was struck down by food poisoning, so i was left to my own devices and had to do a self-guided tour for the day.

I decided go head south and check out Chelsea and the Meat Packing district, both of which are very cool little village type neighbourhoods. The markets at Chelsea are awesome, a foodie's Market they have built into the original Oreo Cookie factory. They have kept many of the original features of the factory when converting it into a market, giving it a very industrial vibe.

After the market I took the High Line (a disused railway line they have converted into a walkway) down to the meatpacking district. Given I was down that end of Manhattan, I decided to take the walk across from West Village to the East Village, and see if I couldn't get into the highly recommended Momofuku for lunch. Arriving just before the doors open at 12 is the quickest way to get in, seating only 30 people at a time it fills up pretty quickly.

I had the signature ramen dish, a combination of pork belly, shoulder and a poached egg in a noodle broth. Was delicious!

With the self-guided tour over, I returned home and with Thea back u and about we hit the shops again, picking up some bargains at Macy's. I dont think I would shop this much in an entire year back home.

Final activity for the evening was getting some night shots of Time Square, which despite it being 11:30pm it was still jam packed.

Tomorrow the rain is coming, so we are off to the museum of natural history for a look.

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Thea's Walking Tour and Top of the Rock

sunny 5 °C

Yesterday Andrew and I were treated to a guided walking tour of TriBeCa, hosted by our tour guide Thea. Our very knowledgable guide who passed on many unknown facts took us down and around the financial district, pointing out items of significance along the way.

One very significant item was the former World Trade Centre site, and the small museum dedicated to the victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks. Construction is currently underway on a new building at the site, so we were unable to view the memorial pools they have put into the footprints of the twin towers, but the museum was very moving.

We then hit Wall St, which is tiny and just off the lower end of Broadway, and very cold as it gets hardly any sun with the massive buildings all around it.

After a couple of cocktails whilst the sun was going down (2 for 1 martini's during happy hour at a bar on 6th Ave) we went up the Top of The Rock to checkout the city lights. Though it was a bit chilly up top, the view was amazing.

Dinner and more drinks at a Japanese restaurant and bar to watch the Knicks play since we couldnt get tickets to the game, and the night was done.

Macy's have a massive one day sale on today so we might head down there and see what is on offer.

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