Wednesday, September 24

New York Diary Day 2











Today's destination was museum mile and on the hit list were the Solomon R. Guggenheim and the American Museum of Natural History. Two pieces of advice firstly, for anyone travelling somewhere new on holiday definitely carry a map with you if you don't know where your going and if it looks to far get a taxi don't attempt to walk it. My Dad guessed it was half an hour away from the hotel but after two hours of walking and bickering we finally arrived starving and fed up - it wasn't a good start to the day! Although we did pass through Madison Avenue where a girl can only dream of shopping! There was every designer you could dream of Michael Kors, Chanel, Celine, Dior, Herve Leger, Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and Cartier to name a few. 

Upon arrival at the world famous Guggenheim museum we were informed unfortunately the rotunda levels were closed as they were prepping for a new exhibition starting in October but the annex levels were open where there were 3 different exhibitions. Level 4 was the Latin American today exhibition, Level 3 was Kadinsky before Abstraction and Level 2 was the UBS map global art initiative. My favourite exhibition was the global art initiative because I liked the originality of each piece and how they blended well as a collection. Art is not one of my stronger subjects and I can name all the famous artists I know on one hand but it was incredible to see original pieces from artists such a Monet, Picasso and Kadinsky. The architecture of the building was so simplistic yet astounding and I was incredibly disappointed we could not see all the exhibitions and walk the whole way around the rotunda. 

Following down Museum Mile we passed some incredible museums which unfortunately we didn't have enough time to visit including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design but these remain on the list for the next visit. Our journey led us through the centre of Central Park passing some amazing sights including the Belldevere Castle and a gorgeous Swedish cottage where a wedding was happening. The park is absolutely huge it would take a good day to walk around and see everything but the scenery was incredible with picturesque lakes and quaint little bridges. 

Next stop was the American Museum of Natural History which I was pretty excited about. We started the trip with a space show in the rose gallery which was incredible. With a circular theatre with a domed roof we were transported through the galaxy and beyond on a discovery mission of how the galaxy began and how it is ever evolving now. This was incredible, I learnt so much and it really opened my eyes to our solar system and beyond (I'm a bit of an astronomy geek) by far my favourite part of the day! After our showing we briefly wandered around the other various exhibitions within the museum, aiming to see as much as possible before closing time. 

We hadn't actually planned where to eat today but had been told by absolutely everyone not to eat in Times Square as the chain restaurants were overpriced and flavourless but after another long wonder and several restaurants later we ended up in Applebee's where we ate the first night. I would describe the food as very similar to a TGI Friday's - burgers, steaks, ribs, chicken etc. The food was delicious after a long day sightseeing and we were all ravenous. We feasted on a selection of starters including chicken wings, steak toastada's and mozzarella sticks, followed by fried chicken, burgers and mac'n'cheese, washed down with the best Oreo milkshake I have EVER tasted!

To round the day off we had bought discount comedy club tickets from a guy touting outside our hotel. I have to see I was very sceptical at first but after $40 for all 4 of us and a 15 min cab ride we arrived at the New York Comedy club. A very small place out the way of the main city with a small show area. There were about 40 people in the audience and although there was a minimum spend of 2 drinks per person they were averagely priced and the choices available would fit everybody's needs. The show lasted about 2 hours including both stand up comedians and sketch artists. The 'Farts and Assholes' were two young Canadian blokes who were absolutely hysterical and  another group;'Cheap Smokes' we're equally as amusing. I loved the variety of acts, the audience interaction was spot on there was nobody who didn't find the show hilarious. This show was definitely not for the faint hearted but the material was so original it had us all crying in laughter the whole show. Give these guys YouTube a look at and if your visiting NYC soon and fancy a change I would 100% recommend this place of your looking to fill an evening with something different so make sure you look it up!

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