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New York City Fun & Games...

Spending the week in Manhattan with Zack to check out my old stomping grounds, show him the city, catch some shows, eat some food, buy a winter coat, walk the city and whatever else comes up along the way.

Nice direct flight from Des Moines to LaGuardia takes a little over 2 hours. LaGuardia smile...

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...because our bag made it!

A quick shuttle ride into the city to our hotel (comfy, cozy European style accommodations) to dump the suitcases and then take off on a walking tour of Lincoln Center, and the upper west side where we found a nice neighborhood Italian restaurant with a wonderful carrot & celery soup.

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Then back to the hotel for a nice night's sleep.

In the morning, we had a wonderful morning walk over to Rockefeller Center where the Christmas Tree and decorations were still up...

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Zack was a tad chilly in the 28 degree temperatures...

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Near the skating, we saw a place Alexa would love...

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We moved on for out next stop and spent several hours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the afternoon. We didn't have enough time to to see everything, so we both focused on things that interested us. I love the swords, and armor, and even spent time studying marriage chests and snuff boxes for a good two hours...

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We walked back through Central Park, stopped at the Belvedere Palace, the Shakespeare Festival Theater...

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Strawberry Fields to honor John Lennon...

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Then went back to the hotel to change into our suits. Our evening plans took us to the MET to catch La Boheme with a pretty decent cast, and of course the tried and true 35 year old production by Franco Zeffirelli. I've almost lost count how many times I have personally seen a performance of that production myself, but it was Zack's first live performance at the MET and we had a good time. It never gets old to see and the audience still applauds the opening of the curtain for Act II. I'm sure at some point a new production will be ushered in with the mileage this one has endured. We had a great dinner before the show.

That was that for our first two days.

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