Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Start Spreading the News

Greetings from New York! Jerry and I left Charleston late Tuesday night aboard Amtrak bound for New York. We arrived here at about 11 am Wednesday morning. We had a sleeper car and boy do they make those things compact! During the day there are two chairs for seating. The two chairs convert into the bottom bunk and the top bunk is pulled down from the ceiling. (photos are clickable for larger view)

The room is equipped with a fold down sink and a toilet, but the toilet has no partition or curtain around it. It's just there next to one of the seats. The reddish brown items on the left in this photo are the sink (in the closed position) and the toilet (under the towel) also closed. Even though we've been married for 36 years, there are still things I like to keep a mystery, thus I did not use the in room toilet!

Neither one of us slept all that well, but it still beats sitting up in a coach seat all night.

Our first visit upon arrival was to Tiffany's. Jerry has a Tiffany watch that has needed a battery for over a year. The local stores won't replace it because of how they would need to open the case. The Tiffany repair guy had it done in a matter of minutes and at no charge.

Right next to Tiffany's is Trump Tower. We had to stop in and see the decorations. The wall behind the Christmas Tree has flowing water tricking down it.

On our walk down 5th Ave. we stopped at St. Patrick's. The photos we took there didn't turn out very well, but it's always an awe inspiring place.

We walked down 5th Ave. to 34th Street to see the decorated windows at the various stores. I don't think they were as impressive as some I've seen in past years, but the fact it was raining quite a bit may have affected our enjoyment of them. Lord & Taylor's windows were nice. I took several photos of them, but it's hard to see the detail in the photos.

Tonight we went to see Spamalot. It was a silly musical - anything from the Monty Python crew is - but we had fun.

We're both really tired - it has been a long 2 days, but we're still planning a full day tomorrow.


SandyQuilts said...

WOW what fun. Thanks for sharing all those interesting points of the train. AND especially New York.

Judy Heyward said...

Thanks for the tour, Corky. I think that your cathedral picture looks quite mystical. I hope the rest of your trip goes as well and is as enjoyable as it has been so far.