01 July 2012

Summer in the city - American Girl/ Disturbia

Doll salon. Take your number little ladies.

Many floors of doll wackness. Just saying, but their eyes follow you around the shop. The shop display windows have all the littles in a trance. Enough said.

Summer in The city - Grand Central Terminal/ Oyster Bar

Grand central was spectacular. The ceiling has a beautiful mural that I was unable to get a good pic. I wish I had a destination to go to, oh well next time! The marble is everywhere.

The Oyster Bar is under Grand Central. It is a bit on the dodgy side and smells a bit like a greasy spoon cafe. It is a cafeteria/ restaurant of sorts, ie it serves the most extensive seafood menu with outrageous prices for crappy dirty tables and service. Good fun though, as you get a real assortment of people. From the fine diner to the weary traveller/ homeless guy (who eat their fill of free tasteless crackers that Americans love to put in their soup.. Ewwww!).

Summer in the city - NYC Library 5th ave

The New York City library is one of the most beautiful buildings I've been to in my life. There are so many different rooms and each more exquisite than the other. The chandeliers were amazing and interestingly most of the ceilings look like oak, but are in fact plaster. See above ninth pic down, plaster ceiling. I took the 1 hour free tour which I would recommend as they take you back to see the stacks. If you require a particular book, it takes 15 minutes to retrieve it from the stacks. The stacks look like something out of Harry Potter. How amazing are the cloud paintings on the ceilings? Love! My favourite room was the map room.

And lookie what I found in the children's section of the library. Christopher Robin's toys. Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Kanga. Winnie was a Harrod's bear and he was given to Christopher on his first birthday. They were brought to the US in 1947 and remained with the American publisher until they were donated to the library in 1987.

There are few more posts to go on New York even though Mrs W and I have been back a full week. It was a bit of a shock coming home to 10 degrees, only a 30 degree drop, crazy people crazy!