Photography Friday (Kinda)! At The Met

I was in NYC a few weeks ago for the first time, and spent my days pretty wisely, imo. I saw and did a lot during the three and a half days that I was there, including walking over 40 miles (including airports). One of the coolest things that The Man and I were able to check off of the list was to visit The Met. Unfortunately, we were only there for about two hours before the museum closed for the day, and that’s only enough time to see a small chunk of all of the wonderful exhibits they have. I wanted to see the Egyptian wing most of all, so that’s where most of our time (and photography) was concentrated. We also visited the Arms & Armor gallery and European Paintings 1250 – 1800, plus took a peek at the Asian ceramics lining the 2nd floor balcony. There’s sooooo much more to be seen, so definitely looking forward to taking at least one, but hopefully two days to explore The Met on my next trip!

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Photography Friday! Week 8 – Madame Tussaud’s NYC

It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago, I was in New York, getting ready to do some serious sight-seeing. One of the places The Man and I visited while I was in town was Madame Tussaud’s, the NYC location of the world-famous wax museum headquartered in London. It was so much cheesy fun!

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Though I haven’t posted any of the sillier photos here, we also had a great time posing with the “stars.” You can still get a good impression of how lifelike some of the wax figures were, hopefully. Tickets to get in are a little pricy, but you get in free with the New York Pass, which I definitely recommend picking up if you’re planning a vacation to NYC anytime soon. This is also one of those attractions that stays open late, and we were there around 9:30 or 10 in the evening, so there weren’t too many people around – good to keep in mind if you’re trying to plan as much stuff into each day, like I was!

Photography Friday! Week 7 – Recap Of My NYC Trip

If you’ve been reading the blog this last week, you’ll know that I took a trip to New York City last weekend. It was my second time in the city, but really my first true vacation there. It’s funny – in popular culture, NYC is not just A big city, for many of us it’s THE big city. When I think about culture, trends, ideas, news, fashion, architecture, action, I think of NYC. Not Chicago, not San Francisco, definitely not New Orleans. So spending the weekend there was a dream for me. Yes, I know that makes me sound hopelessly simple, and maybe it’s true. After all, I did grow up in a tiny country town with just over 2,000 people. The first time I drove into New Orleans, I was taken aback by the millions of sparkling lights. I can’t imagine what would have happened to my brain if New York would have been my first real city.

Last weekend, I spent three and a half days trying to fit in a little of everything New York had to offer. I didn’t do that bad of a job, either. I met up with a friend for drinks, ate food from a street vendor, saw tons of tourist attractions, experienced the beauty of Central Park in full bloom, and even caught some cool street performances. The only thing I didn’t get to do was go shoe shopping, but we’ll fix that next time 🙂

Here are a few shots from my trip…

A hotel on the way to my (not so fancy) hotel. We're not in Kansas anymore!

A hotel I saw during the cab ride to my (not so fancy) hotel. We’re not in Kansas anymore!

Met up with my friend Pete on Thursday night at a place called Whiskey Rebel. Had one of the best conversations I've had in years, and had a surprisingly low bar tab for NYC.

Met up with my friend Pete on Thursday night at a place called Whiskey Rebel. Had one of the best conversations I’ve had in years, and had a surprisingly low bar tab for NYC.

The next day I was sick as a dog, and didn't make it out of the hotel until 2pm. But I made it out, and after running some errands I wandered around in Central Park - it's BEAUTIFUL.

The next day I was sick as a dog, and didn’t make it out of the hotel until 2pm. But I made it out, and after running some errands I wandered around in Central Park – it’s BEAUTIFUL.

Half the city was out in the park, enjoying the sunshine and 90 degree weather.

Half the city was out in the park, enjoying the sunshine and 90 degree weather.

Dan took me to a cute little Italian place called Bella Napoli, and we had a huge dinner. This is mine - fresh calamari in a light tomato sauce, served over linguine.

The Man took me to a cute little Italian place called Bella Napoli, and we had a huge dinner. This is mine – fresh calamari in a light tomato sauce, served over linguine.

After dinner, we went to The Empire State Building!

After dinner, we went to The Empire State Building!

View from the top. We went to both observation decks - the 86th...

View from the top. We went to both observation decks – the 86th…

...and the 102nd. The Man said he could feel the building swaying under his feet, and was feeling pretty seasick the entire time.

…and the 102nd. The Man said he could feel the building swaying under his feet, and was feeling pretty seasick the entire time.

On Saturday, we went to The Cloisters. I took tons of photos, but this camel is my favorite.

On Saturday, we went to The Cloisters. I took tons of photos, but this camel is my favorite.

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After The Cloisters, we went to see the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the largest cathedral in the world.

After The Cloisters, we went to see the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the largest cathedral in the world.

It's really big. This is The Man, taking a photo.

It’s really big – the length of two American football fields, and tall enough to house the Statue of Liberty. This is The Man, taking a photo.

Later that night we went to Times Square!

Later that night we went to Times Square!

Times Square Musical Billboards by Anna Harris

The shows that were playing on Broadway while we were in town.

Next up, I’ll share photos from our trips to Madame Tussaud’s and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, plus some from South Street Sea Port and MY FIRST BAGEL IN NYC (ooohh!). Stay tuned!

Just Dropping In To Say…

Times Square Musical Billboards by Anna Harris

This weekend on Broadway…

Hi everybody! Sorry for the radio silence, but I was gone for the weekend. Had a great (albeit short) little vacation to New York City, and spent three and a half days doing some intense sight seeing. I walked between 8 and 11 miles each day, got way too much sun, and had a ton of fun visiting the Empire State Building, Central Park, The Met, The Cloisters, Times Square, Madame Tussaud’s, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, South Street Seaport, and other stuff I know I’m forgetting right now.

Just wanted to drop in to let you know that I really appreciate all of the new likes, comments and follows – thanks so much for your support and the lovely responses to my tiny short story last week. I’ll be back in business here on Compass & Quill very soon, and posting my origami entries for The 30 Days Challenge (I’m behind, but a few pieces a day should help me catch up again).

Tonight I made a couple of new pieces, including a really cute modular wreath. I also watched the last three episodes of Game of Thrones; gotta admit that I was disappointed in the last episode. No spoilers, of course, but from everyone else’s non-spoiler comments about the episode, I expected something much more outrageous (or at least interesting) to happen. I’m a huge Brienne of Tarth fan, though, so any episode without her is lackluster, imo. At least Arya Stark made an appearance – she makes my GoT experience much more bearable on the less than great episodes.

It’s time to catch some shuteye, but I promise to have some vacation and origami photos up tomorrow. Night folks!