Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

NYC / / Day Four {Top of the Rock!}

_DSC0284 I certainly won't win the "blogging efficiency award" because these New York City vacation posts are still coming!

Visiting NYC without going to the top of some building is probably a tourists crime. We chose to skip The Empire State building after hearing several insider suggestions and instead went to the Top Of the Rock! If we would have had more time I would have loved to see a taping of Jimmy Fallon. After walking through Rockefeller Plaza and seeing everyone in line, I experienced a wave of envy. Another trip, another trip ;-)

We chose to spend our last evening in NYC and booked a flat in Greenwich Village, less than 24hrs in advance, through Airbnb. Besides an excellent location, part of the deal was free MoMA passes! Have any of you used Airbnb? After our experience with them in Europe, Jordan and I prefer staying in apartments.

There was threat of rain all day, so with a few clear hours in the morning we walked through Central Park again; visiting the portions we missed earlier, Strawberry Fields (+ the Dakota) in particular. New Yorker's are so lucky to have Central Park as their backyard.




^ Picasso, Pablo. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon). 1907. Oil paint. Museum of Modern Art, New York


^ Fowler, Eve. A Spectacle and Nothing Strange. 2011-present. Set of twenty-one letterpress posters.  The Museum of Modern Art Library.

I've been to MCA in Chicago and London's Tate Modern, but MoMA is my favorite museum of modern art. A combination of art selection and just general flow contributes to a pleasing viewing experience. As a relative art novice, I was surprised at how many pieces I recognized: Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, etc. Seeing Clade Monet's Waterlilies in person was incredible! They are huge! 





Due to some lightening off in the distance, we weren't able to go to the highest deck at 30 Rock, but 72 stories high still gives you a great view of the city. I kept thinking about the quote from Annie the whole time we were there, "And if this floor don't shine like the top of the Chrysler Building, your backsides will." As soon as we left the rain really began coming down; so thankful our timing was spot on!

/ / New York City has many great local coffee shops and we tried about two a day! :-) A few months ago, Jordan came upon an article about Blue Bottle Coffee and why it's the Apple to Starbuck's Microsoft. We were excited to try it, but I'm sorry I was not impressed. We literally got lost in the bowels of Rockefeller plaza trying to find the café and it was a big let down. Just because it's artisanal doesn't necessarily mean it's always best.

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*Favorite Latte of the week came from Bittersweet in Brooklyn.

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