Thursday, April 20, 2017

NJ

Trip to the zoo


Feeding goats 


Riding the train around South Mountain reservoir -- the only part of the zoo that I remember from my childhood.


Cousins 






Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UWS

Outside of my favorite cookie bakery


I've always wanted to go to the Butterfly Conservatory at the Natural History Museum.  I have been to the museum a few times in the past couple of years, but haven't gone to see the butterflies.  So we finally went.  It was fun.  



You don't need binoculars to see the butterflies, but that didn't stop this kid.



And of course, dinosaurs....




Monday, April 17, 2017

Uptown

My sister and her family were here for Spring Break.  We went to do a few things I have never done before.  This is Alexander Hamilton's summer home:




Cherry blossoms


General Grant's Memorial.  I learned that more than a million people attended his memorial service.  Besides being instrumental in ending the Civil War and defeating the Confederate Army, he was seen as a major civil rights leader during his presidency and after.  He was very well loved at the time, especially here in Harlem.


Running in front of the memorial


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Little visitor

My littlest nephew came to visit me... oh yeah, and my sister and brother-in-law too :)
Here he is with one of his cousins.  




Out to dinner


Helping me do my laundry while his mom and dad were touring the city.


Leaving the Big Apple!  



I saw this online and it reminded me of my nephew.  He's so cute and sweet, that you can't help but hug him and kiss him all the time, but he he will let you know when he's not interested.  




Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Iceland day 3


On day three, we had booked an all day tour outside of the city.  This is basically what the countryside looked like -- kind of green and brown.  




First, we went to see a geysir.  I learned that geysir is an Icelandic word and we call ours geysers after them.  When I went to see Old Faithful last year, I wasn't that impressed, but for some reason, this one did impress me.  I think it was because you could see the water kind of bubbling, like in a pool, and then it would explode.





Next we drove an hour or so to a glacier to go snowmobiling.   We drove up in this crazy bus.



They gave us these cute clothes to wear.




The view from on top of the glacier.



Next we drove to "Golden falls"  They were beautiful, but it was starting to pour so I didn't get the best photos.






Dinner was meatballs and potatoes!  Yum...


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Iceland day 2

The second day, we went to this geothermal spa, called Blue Lagoon (named after the 80's movie).  The water is about 100 degrees and is supposed to heal ailments like psoriasis and arthritis.  When we entered, they gave us a little bracelet that we wore all day.  It locked and unlocked our lockers and if we ordered something from the bar that we could swim/walk up to, they just scanned the bracelet. There was also a station where we could get a face mask, and they would scan your bracelet again.   At the end of the day, they scanned the bracelet again and told us what we owed.    





Photobomb

When we got back to the hotel, it was pouring rain, so we just had lunch in the hotel and took a nap. After the rain stopped, we went back into town and walked around a bit.  I told myself I wasn't allowed to get another sweater, but then I saw someone wearing a traditional Icelandic sweater and it looked so cute on her, I had to have one.  It's kind of like this one.  



Then we explored the other side of the city.





Here I am with one of my Norwegian sweaters.

I wasn't hungry because I had fish and chips at the hotel and it was super filling.  Kathy was ready for a little something, so she got a "traditional" Scandinavian dinner.


I did have dessert though -- Apple cake with Caramel sauce.  I've now been to four Scandinavian countries, and I have to say, Iceland's food was the worst of all.  But this cake was so good.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Iceland

Day one -- walking around Reykjavik.  Not sure what this building is because we were still trying to figure out the map, but I think this is a government building.


Details on a building in the shopping center.


"Downtown" Reykjavik


Statue of Leif Erikson



this statue is in front of Hallgrimskirkja.  It is the most famous church in Reykjavik and also quite ugly, if you ask me.  It was commissioned to honor a famous clergyman/poet from Iceland and has a statue of an explorer in front of it.


Inside of the church


view of the town from the tower.




More to come...