My daughter has been in New York City for the last week, and the two cards show that she is doing all the tourist things. Besides the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Bryant Park, 9/11 Memorial, Chelsea Market, Wall Street, Central Park, and Empire State Building she had a lot of food! Crepes at the Plaza were something that I never got to indulge in, but I think I had lunch at the Tavern on the Green.
It is good that she is walking 10-15 miles per day, and going out at night to see the lights on the Brooklyn Bridge. The Xmas lights on Park Avenue are surely spectacular this year, as a company works for nine months planning and installing light displays on the major stores.
She and her husband, one daughter and son in law are managing to get around seeing all the important things in a short time.
I took six years to see the same things while I lived in College Point.
The things that they should see but may not get to are the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum, MOMA, the Battery, F.A.O. Schwartz, (closed) the Frick, and a play on Broadway.
I got to see the Tall Ships sail up the Hudson one year, but as I said I was there for years, and hit all the highlights plus some parks on the Jersey side.
All these memories of living near the Big Apple bring up thoughts of the later trips after I retired and moved away from the city out to the western part of New York State.
Those trips were out of the country, and I finally got to go on an Elder Hostel trip to the U.K., a cruise to the Med, and a beautiful two weeks in Tibet.
Several trips taken in earlier years included my oldest daughter and youngest son.
Anne went to Australia, Al went to Micronesia, and Marie went to Guam.
Why did I like to travel?
Because I could. No need to wait until I was 75, now I can look back and feel like I need not be envious of anyone going on vacation to far off and exotic places.