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Trip Report Seven Days in New York - what fun

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At the end of April I was informed that I was to be a presenter at a conference and that conference was in New York. Yay! Since I live in Sydney Australia, I decided to turn the 2 day conference into a week-long trip (to get over jet lag so I did a good job at the conference of course!). I convinced my husband to join me and then set about working out what we could squeeze into our week. I should mention that we have both been to New York more than once before and at one stage I spent several weeks there so we were not constricted to going to the “must see” sights. So this is what we did – I warn you it is exhausting!

Our plane touched down at about 5.15pm on Saturday at JFK. I had vaguely wondered about catching the train into the city but in the end we decided that a taxi is so much simpler. The conference was to be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square and we were offered a special conference rate for three nights so I elected to stay there for the first 3 nights of our trip. Whilst it is not my most favourite hotel in the world it is perfectly serviceable, and the ease for the purpose of the conference was too hard to go past. We settled into our room which had a partial view of the southern part of Times Square. After a quick shower and change we set off to the Press Lounge http://www.thepresslounge.com/ because I wanted to have a drink on a rooftop with a view of the sunset over the Hudson. We just made it to see the sunset. After a drink (or two) we made our way to Toloache for a by now late dinner. http://toloachenyc.com/ . I had read about this restaurant on Fodors, recommended by a number of people as a decent place to eat in the Theatre District. Since I didn’t want to venture too far on our first night this seemed like a good option – and it was. Shame the waitress decided to give us free tequila’s along with the other drinks we ordered. On top of the jet lag the drinks went straight to my head. But this did not stop us having a quick drink at The View before bed. http://www.theviewnyc.com/ We did one rotation (takes 45 minutes).

Despite the late night we arose at 7am to go for a run in Central Park. We are keen runners and like to run whenever we travel as it is a great way to see a city. And running in Central park, you certainly see the city. On a warm Sunday morning there were plenty of people about. Unfortunately my husband was not feeling very well so I ran(kind of in circles) and he walked, but we managed to get to the Reservoir and I ran around that before we headed back. We quickly changed and raced to St Patrick’s Cathedral for what we thought was 10am Mass. We were 10 minutes late because of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Luckily 10am Mass started at 10.15am. After that we caught a train up to the Bronx to Yankee Stadium because we had tickets for the baseball. I have only seen a few games of baseball in my life but this one turned out to be very enjoyable. We were not sure who we should barrack for (Yankees or Mets) but as we got to the stadium we realised that we would need hats. Since the merchandise available was Yankees that is who we cheered for. It seemed like a bad decision since the Mets were ahead by 3-0 until about the 7th innings. Then Yankees got 4 runs. 9th innings and Mets score another run to even it up. So there we had bottom of the 9th waiting for “our” team to get a run and guess what – we did! Such joy, such excitement. It was a great experience.

So we returned to our hotel and caught up on some business things in preparation for the next day. Then off we went to dinner at The NoMad. http://www.thenomadhotel.com/#/dining/ I had read about this restaurant in several places and it all sounded good. When we sat down I already knew that I wanted the roast chicken (DH had to comply) and the Milk and Honey for desert. Both more than lived up to their reputations. My appetiser was also delicious – smoked trout, DH had the Fruit de Mers and we had a little nibble on the radishes while we had our pre-dinner drink. I loved my desert but I have to say that DH’s was even better (and I would not have chosen it) – the peanut butter chocolate dessert is to die for!

That is all I have time to report on for now. I will be back later

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