Monday, September 05, 2005

Day 13 - Additional Pictures to follow!

Day 13 - The PATient - Part 2 updated!

Pat's been to the doctor and a $165 dollars later it looks like the Chicken Pox!!!

We took some time out to wander through a lush green Central Park and even managed to spend some time in the world famous FAO Swartz Toy Store where Vinnie got to twinkle the ivories on the floor piano which was used in the blockbuster movie BIG.

The actor Jeff Goldblum bumped into me at a set of traffic lights and mumbled and walked off without even a sorry!!!

That evening we paid a visit to Madame Toussards (where we availed of a special labour day admission! - oh yeah today is a public holiday in the USA). We must have taken over 150 photos with all the stars. Highlights included the hall of wax, based upon the film "House of Wax" starring Paris Hilton.

We'll post up some more pictures seperately.

Vinnie and Pat

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Day 12 - Living it up with the Brazilians

We started of the day with yet another film!! This time it was “The March of the Penguins”. I’d been dying to see this film for some time; it documents a year in the life of the Emperor Penguin and was narrated by Morgan Freeman. It was very good.

“Little Brazil” Street runs off Broadway. Today celebrated the 21st annual Brazil day. The street was packed with performers and stalls. It was amazing, the sights and sounds. There must have been a couple of thousand present. There were also performance stages.

Afterwards we did some more shopping around the south ferry area. I (Pat) took some time out for a rest that afternoon as I wasn’t feeling too well. Today I’ve started to break out in a rash. If it continues through to tomorrow I’ll head to the doctors about it.

That evening we went to Lips! It was as fab as ever. Afterwards we went to the Club Splash (SBNY). This place was quite large, but very expensive.

Vinnie and Pat

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Day 11 - The PATient

Today we took it easy. We went to see Transporter 2 in the AMC cinema followed by some shopping along Broadway. We picked up tickets for that evenings performance of “Sweet Charity” starring none other than Christina Applegate.

I (Pat) ended up heading back to the hotel for a rest as I was feeling very tired and was coming down with a fever. By 7pm I was felling better, so we heading off to see the musical at 8pm. It was quite good, but relied a little too much on dance routines to pad it out.

That night I had a very rough nights sleep, sweating throughout.

Vinnie and Pat

Friday, September 02, 2005

Day 10 - Life's a drag!!!

Do you remember the tea/coffee maker we bought in Century 21 during the week – well it started to malfunction last night. It began emitting a rubbery odour. Rather then keep it, we brought it back and received a full refund.

Taking full advantage of tax-free week, we went a little mad buying cosmetics too, on average each item was about 40% cheaper than back home. So as you can imagine we stocked up. Also to make things better, the more we bought, the more vouchers we received off non-cosmetic goods – so when we where finished we had $30 in vouchers to spend, so we bought some underwear and socks!

We took a walk around the neighbourhoods of Chelsea, Meatpackers, West Village, Greenwich Village and East Village. Over in the East Village we stumbled across a grocery store which imported goods from Ireland! On offer were Lyons and Barrys Tea, to even Chef Sauce!

In the evening we got ready and dined in “Lucky Cheins” Chinese Drag Restaurant. There are two big drag restaurants in the city, the other being “Lips” (we dined there last year). Anyhow it was a fun experience, but full of hen parties out for a quick trill. We’re looking forward to re-visiting Lips before we head back home.

Following the food and drag, we headed back to Chelsea for a drink in the XES Lounge.

Vinnie and Pat

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Day 9 - Paying the Rent

Another hot day today. Well into the 30s again. We started off the day with a hearty breakfast of omelettes and toast in the Moonstruck Café across from the hotel. It was gorgeous.

Afterwards we hit 5th and 6th avenues browsing the shops, including the new massive Disney Store.

We managed to see “The Cave” in the AMC Cinema and the musical “Rent” at 8pm. Rent wasn’t as great as we’d imaged it to be. Its set in a derelict building, so to re-create the ambiance, the scaffolding overlaps into the stalls, giving the impression that the theatre is need of renovation. Although I enjoyed it, Vinnie didn’t. Nevertheless it was another Broadway musical under our belt.

We had some food and cocktails in (don’t give out – TGI Fridays), then ventured up to the club Therapy on 54th Street.

Vinnie and Pat