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New York City Trip 2017 – Day 2

NYC2017 – On the second day of our visit to New York, we went again for a late but enjoyable lunch at Cafe Lalo. Afterwards we made our way over to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum complex. We spent a couple of hours wondering through the submarine and aircraft carrier on display.

When we left the Intrepid, we headed over to a near by bike shop so that my wife could pick up a New York bike jersey. The Toga Bike Shop was quite nice and she found a jersey to remember our trip.

We walked a lot this day. I racked up 18,126 steps according to my Apple Watch. Needless to say after all the walking and climbing on the ships, we were really tired by the end of the day.

USA, New York, New York – Toga Bike Shop

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My wife likes to pick up a bike jersey from the various places we visit. While in New York, we dropped by a few bike shops but only Toga Bike Shop (http://togabikes.com) had a selection of jerseys. Not only did they have jerseys, but they also had a nice selection of very good bikes and equipment.

Toga Bikes is located at 110 West End Ave, New York, NY. Per their website Toga is “New York’s oldest and largest bike shop. Toga Bikes has a wide selection of mountain, road, triathlon, and hybrid bicycles at all price levels, a tremendous assortment of the latest, high-tech accessories and the largest bicycle clothing department in New York City & Rockland County. TOGA is THE BIKE SHOP in New York City. TOGA also has a large triathlon-specific department, with accessories, wetsuits, and much more.

If you are in New York and are interested in Bikes, this would be one place I recommend that you visit.


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New York City Trip 2017 – Day 1

NYC 2017 – I am in New York City this week with my wife. We are here doing a little site seeing while a grand daughter in involved in dance classes she won a scholarship to at Steps on Broadway.

While she is in class we have spend some time exploring the city. This first day we stopped at Cafe Lalo for a late breakfast, and were very pleased. From there we set out to visit a few bookstores, as we commonly do when on vacation. We were able to visit the Strand, Rizzoli Bookstore, McNally Jackson Bookstore and the Union Square Barnes and Noble.

We rode the subway a lot in our excursion but I still managed to complete 17,259 steps according to my Apple Watch. Certainly New York is a city of walking and subway riding. We passed a few parking lots and the daily rates was up to $50 and the monthly rates were over $500. If I lived here it would be an easy decision to do without my own car.

USA, New York, New York – Rizzoli Bookstore

My wife and I visited the Rizzoli Bookstore (https://www.rizzolibookstore.com) recently. It is located at 1133 Broadway in New York, New York. As they claim in their website, this is an elegant book store. Per their website:

For over fifty years—twenty-nine in its previous 57th Street location—Rizzoli Bookstore has been widely considered one of the foremost independent booksellers in America specializing in illustrated books on architecture, interior design, fashion, photography, cookery, and the fine and applied arts, as well as literature, and foreign language books. Rizzoli Bookstore has been, and will continue to be a literary landmark in New York City, and a celebrated destination for important authors and book lovers from all over the world.

Established in New York in 1964 Rizzoli moved in 1985 to its 57th Street location—a six story townhouse exhibiting on its façade a sober classicism that belies the elegant interior within, where cast iron chandeliers, ornately decorated vaulting, and a luminous Diocletian window create a serene setting for book lovers amidst the rush of Midtown Manhattan.

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While this is a very nice book store, it does not have many titles that are part of our interest set. However if your interests lie in the list of topics above, this is certainly a bookstore you should visit while in New York.


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USA, New York, New York – Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

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We like visiting museums. We also like visiting and exploring older military vessels. We like NASA and the Space program. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (https://www.intrepidmuseum.org) combines these.

The Intrepid Museum Complex is located at located in New York City on the West side of Manhattan on Pier 86, 12th Ave. & 46th Street. As they say on their website:

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.

The Intrepid Museum was founded in 1982 with the acquisition of the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, now a National Historic Landmark, which served tours of duty in World War II and the Vietnam War, and was a recovery vessel for the Gemini and Mercury space missions.

The three primary parts of the museum are the USS Intrepid, The USS Growler and the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

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The Intrepid was launched in 1943. The aircraft carrier USS Intrepid fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. The ship later served in the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Intrepid also served as a NASA recovery vessel in the 1960s. It was decommissioned in 1974. You are able to walk through the bridge shown above as well as part of the crew quarters and mess.

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On the flight deck of the Intrepid is a display of several aircraft, mostly from the US, but a few from other countries including two MIGs. The ship is in good shape and to certainly have a good view of the massive hanger deck. We found the areas available to tour less satisfying that the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, TX.

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The submarine USS Growler is also on display for tours. This is the only American guided missile submarine open to the public. You are able to enter in the bow through stairs installed in place of one of the missile storage bays, walk through the ship, then up stairs in the aft of the vessel.

This 318 foot long and 26 foot wide vessel would spend around 70 days at a time patrolling the Russian coast as part of the US nuclear deterrent force during the cold war. So for more than two months her and her crew of 80-100 would be submerged in the North Pacific.

As we walked through the ship it was hard to conceive of that many men be crammed in so little space for such a long period of time.

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The third major part of the museum is a display of the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The Space Shuttle Pavilion showcases the space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program.

If you like military displays, aircraft or space, you will enjoy visiting the Intrepid Museum Complex.


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USA, Texas, Round Rock – Star Coffee

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While it has been open for a while, this is my first visit to Star Coffee, I have seen it several times while in downtown Round Rock, but decided to try it this morning as I was in need of free Wi-Fi (and breakfast). Star Coffee is located at 201 E. Main Street in Round Rock, TX. They have an extensive menu including breakfast, lunch and dinner – all served all day. They also have a large array of drinks – coffee, expresso, smoothies, etc.

As you may notice in the photo above, the building is an historical landmark. When I moved here in 1975, this building housed the local Farmer’s Co-Op. I used to go in there to buy ‘chicken scratch’ to feed the birds in my back yard. Over the years the location has hosted several businesses. I hope that Star Coffee is here to stay.

I went in this morning and had an omelette that was pretty good. Maybe not the best I ever had, but certainly a good omelette. The coffee was descent too. As they say on their website:

Before Star Coffee Texas opened in 2009, we had a vision to be the place where locals and visitors wanted to come to get an amazing cup coffee and some great food! We know that quality trumps everything, especially when it comes to creating a place where everyone wants to be. By 20015, our café was relocated to the building we are in now in order to provide our customers with a quaint atmosphere, supurb coffee, baked goods and of course the great food menu people have come to know and love.

 

At Star Coffee Texas, our mission is to serve our customers with the finest coffee beans, and beverages as well as a wonderfully diverse menu with breakfast, lunch, dinner and baked goods to satisfy every craving at any time of the day. Our aim is to become “the” local cafe that people love and want to come back to time and time agin due to our great customer service, wonderful coffee beverages, and menu items created with all the love and care that our amazing customers deserve.

The setting is simple, but comfortable. The staff has been courteous and helpful. All-in-all it is a place I intend to come back to. An added service is that they take Apple Pay so I could buy breakfast using my Apple Watch.


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Spain, Barcelona – La Boqueria Market

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2016 Cruise – Day 3 – After completing our shopping we continued on down La Rambla to the La Boqueria Market (Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, España). In this open air market you can find all sorts of food.

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Not only can you buy fish, meat, fruits and vegetables, there are also places to buy prepared food and drinks.

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We enjoyed strolling though the crowded market looking at what the many stalls had to offer. It was an interesting place to visit. Certainly far different than we are used to in Central Texas.


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Spain, Barcelona – chök the chocolate kitchen

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2016 cruise – Day 3 – After visiting Late Pau Claris, we came back to La Rambla for a little shopping. We had read about the cafe “chök the chocolate kitchen” that specializes in chocolate and specialty donuts. The shop we visited is located at c/ del Carme, 3 t: +34 933 042 360 and was just off of La Rambla.

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This turned out to be another wonderful bakery!

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We chose a couple of their donuts as a ‘second breakfast’ to sustain us for the rest of our day in Barcelona.

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As you can see from the photo above, these were not your everyday donuts. These bakeries were wonderful places to visit, but I am glad that they are so far away. Having them close at hand would be too much of a temptation.


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Spain, Barcelona – Laie Pau Claris Bookstore

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2016 Cruise – Day 3 – While on our travels, my wife and I like to visit local bookstores. On our third day in Barcelona we had breakfast in our hotel then headed to the bookstore Laie Pau Claris (Carrer de Pau Claris, 85, 08010 Barcelona, Spain).

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Not only was it a nice bookstore, it also had a very nice cafe where we had a cup of hot chocolate.

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