Our last day in the city and it was overcast, but not raining. Quite pleasant actually. We started the day at the Neue Gallery. We got there early and were rewarded by being the second couple in the building. Unlike the couple in front of us, we decided to start with the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. How fortunate we were to start there. We and the guards were the only ones in the room for almost ten minutes. Amazing! We had the opportunity to look from all angles in the room and to sit and contemplate all the other paintings in the room as well. We also had the little hand held devices to give us further insights. We moved on when other people started entering. I really enjoyed the artful jewelry and the sketches upstairs. The portrait exhibit upstairs was interesting as well, so don't miss it. I picked up a book in the gift shop for the children to enjoy. After that it was just a hop, skip, and a jump to the Met. We didn't go in as we have been through it many times and as I said in an earlier post, wanted to avoid repeats. But, we did sit on the steps out front and have some Nathan's hot dogs and a coke. In fact, we went back for seconds. We headed for the Frick Collection, but many of the streets were closed due to a parade. How wonderful! I've never seen a parade in NY. We hung out for awhile enjoying the excitement. Apparently they have celebrated Greek Independence Day with a parade in NYC since 1938! Fantastic! And this is where I picked up my one and only souvenir - A great water bottle! We strolled on down to see the Frick Collection and I am glad we did. I've seen these paintings in photos since I was a child, and it was a real treat to see them up close and personal. I liked seeing them in a room setting. Why do they seem more alive in that setting? The most tantalizing was the small pastel by Edgar Degas by the stairs. Frick did not like pastels but he kept this one by his desk they said. I almost laughed out loud. How telling. Anyway, as we left we noted that the parade was still going on. Wow! The weather had gotten gloomier and we headed back to our hotel and then on to eat dinner. Got this final shot of the Chrysler building just outside Grand Central. Can't wait to see this city again! Back to my brushes.
"We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." - Hilaire Belloc