I asked my hotel reception the best way to catch a cab to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The man looked at me blankly and asked 'a taxi?'. I always thought they called em cabs round these parts but never mind! Anyway I was directed to the chappy outside the entrace who kindly put me in a 'cab' and directed it to where i wanted to go.
I stood in the longest queue on earth to get in to the Met but it was a beautiful 28 degree sunny day so couldn't complain! They suggest in the guide book to donate $20 in the museum but actually what they mean is pay $25 or they'll look down their nose at you and make you feel reeeeeeally guilty. So much for the 'do you do military discounts?' line! Pffft! Anyway i spent the best part of 4 hours looking at some cool paintings and some ancient greek and egiptian stuff, ate the most expensice and grotty sandwich i've ever had in my life, looked at some more ancient stuff and then decided to call it a day and make my way to Central Park.
I bought myself a disgustingly sickening waffle with syrup (the maple kind yeah!) and vanilla ice cream. It had to be done! and had a strole around the park. A very enthusiastic friendly american chap gave me a free map of the area and gave me directions to get to the mall and the lennon memorial. However after seeing some cool sites like the Shakespeare Garden, Swedish Cottage, the lake, and some amusing street dancers i got rained on, and in a bid to save my camera hopped in a taxi on madison ave back to the hotel.
As i write this i'm sitting in a little Irish-American restaurant bar called Connolly's where I was greeted on arrival by a lovely irish man who made some reference to swindon. I hate swindon with a passion but becsuse it was a reference to home i couldn't help but like the place! I'm on my second pint of Bud and just polished off something that goes by the name of the 'Hollywood burger' Which was every bit as amazing as it sounds and made more enjoyable by the little irish chap giving me regular tips like 'don't head uptown coz its as s*** as swindon on a good day'......