Life is an adventure--Live it!
There is nothing more adventurous than exploring a place you've never been before, and no better way to get to know an area than on foot, especially if you only have a day or two.
That's why Bob and I usually get a hotel right in the center, within walking distance to the pulsing heartbeat that gives a place its unique character. In New York City, that means the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan. Only steps away from Grand Central Terminal if you want to go farther afield, yet close enough to check out iconic NYC landmarks: the Empire State Building, Park Avenue, Central Park and Times Square.
Walk down 42nd St. to Pier 83 and catch the Harbor Lights Cruise. View the Statue of Liberty while seated inside, or stand outside at the front of the ship with the wind whipping your hair. By the time you get back to shore, night will be falling. Check out the beautiful art deco Chrysler Building lit up in the dark. It's my personal favorite. Then venture into Times Square, a lively place full of tourists, vendors and street performers. But watch out--if you make eye contact, you may just get pulled into the fun. Bob did.
When you're ready to escape the crowds and bustle, splurge on one of the better local restaurants. Our favorite is Villa Berulia, on 34th St. White tablecloths and a serene atmosphere greet you at this Italian-Croatian restaurant. The friendly staff didn't hold it against us when we admitted to rooting for France in the World Cup, and still provided a complimentary glass of exquisite peach schnapps after the delicious meal.
If you go in mid-July, there is a good chance you'll see "Manhattanhenge," when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the street grid. But be discrete when sharing stories over drinks. This is also the time when thriller writers congregate at ThrillerFest, and your entertaining tale just may end up as fodder for the next bestseller.
Travel smart, travel safe, and remember, life is an adventure. Live it!
M. A. Monnin
EMBRACING THE SPHINX: ANCIENT EGYPT IN BELGRAVIA: A LONDON MAGAZINE
The Victorians were just as fascinated with ancient Egypt as we are today, and were quite knowledgeable. Fans of Victorian literature, Mary Elizabeth Braddon and ancient Egypt might enjoy reading my article.
IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE WORLD WAR IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY AND OUR COUNTRY
Did You Know?
No human remains have been discovered in the excavations of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini.
The ancient port city was buried in ash from the volcanic eruption that sank most of the island in approximately 1628BC.
I love to travel, and love learning the history of the places I visit. What about you?
Malice Domestic 14:
Mystery Most Edible