Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New York Wednesday

Wednesday morning started early for us because we wanted to catch at least a little of the taping of the Today Show. If you look at the (blurry) picture below you can see Al Roker and Matt Lauer in between the heads of the camera crew and others standing around. We only stayed for one segment...we had places to go and things to see! Next up we headed to the top of the Rockefeller Center, otherwise known as Top of the Rock. We had a pretty good view of the city in spite of a little lingering fog, or maybe smog? This view is looking north and shows just how big Central Park is.
We captured this picture quickly before Becky had to go back inside. I must admit it was pretty cold all the way up there!
A great view of the Empire State Building:
The city looking south:
We had to pass through this "intelligent light room" to get to the lookout at Top of the Rock. Each person that entered was assigned a color and that color of light followed the person around the room.
After we finished at Rockefeller Center we tried to take a tour of the NBC studios, only to find out they were sold out for the day. Instead we headed to our next destination - the Museum of Modern Art. This is my favorite piece, Monet's Water Lilies. The picture does not even begin to do it justice!
We were exhausted and starving after three hours at MoMA so we had a yummy lunch at a sandwich place called Toasties. We didn't have many other plans for the day so we spent the next three hours sitting in the window seats in a cafe near Times Square. It was fun to have some relaxing down time to chat and people watch.
This was the only reason we visited Times Square again: to see the play "Good People" at the Friedman Theater. The play was great!
After the play we had almost settled on having pizza for a snack until we noticed Sangria 46, a tapas restaurant. We ordered patatas aioli (fried potatoes with garlic/paprika mayo), tortilla espanola con chorizo (Spanish omelet with chorizo), gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp) and churros con chocolate (churros, which are donut sticks, with chocolate). Yum, yum, yum! I loved eating some food that reminded me of Spain and being able to practice my Spanish a bit too!

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