Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The boardwalk...

Apologies once again, I really do not feel very talkative, seem to have had a bit of a relapse last few days! I don't know what to do, where to go, how to live anymore!

So, will just try and keep going I suppose...


A couple of photos from Atlantic City, I was a bit sad there actually; it has changed from when I was last there, with mom and my boys... The whole boardwalk was gloomy, so many casinos didn't seem to be open, there was no life there, it has always been buzzing the other times I have been there...


I think the highlight was two kids cycling past and shouting "high-fives" as they rode past and so I did... as had others in front of me... Two guys on a cherry picker type machine, checking posters up on the high advert boards were poised waiting for someone to move out of their way and after seeing so many people trying to sell rides on tricycles and things... I shouted up to them "How much for ride on this?" lol... one guy said 2 bucks the other 20!!

I've just checked, even the handprints of famous people have gone, they were, ironic! Actually at the Resorts Casino where we were, they had gone by 2013... I have a picture somewhere of my with my hands in Chers prints there, all gone.

Gambling wise, the ticket was 33 dollars and I got 25 back on a token card to use in the Resorts Casino, I won back a ticket worth 22 plus another three tickets, so got my 25 back, which paid for my lunch! Which was a great lunch in the Breadsticks restuarant in Resorts...

It was after lunch I walked up the boardwalk on my own, all the way up past the Tropicano, turns out I walked about four miles!! Was a great day, up and out early and back about 12 hours later, great day...

I'm ready for the off again, back to work, weather here in Spain seems to have perked up at last, after three months of on/off rain, its been nice... perfect weather actually, looks like the high winds continued after I left, the terrace was a mess.

I'm sorry, mind is blank and to save any unwanted chitter chatter, I'm concluding here, I will try to gather myself for more writing soon, its like there is just nothing, that would make sense to anyone else, because it certainly does not make sense to me!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Planting Fields Arboretum, Coe Hall, Oyster Bay


We went here Friday, a beautiful day with family, nice drive and lovely place to walk around, beautiful house and grounds


When we were leaving we met a couple of ladies sitting on a seat beneath the entranceway, we sat there also, in the shade to rest a while...

And my cousin asked if they wanted a photo taken of them together, they did, and we started chatting with them..


It turned out the younger, the daughter, was the lady who designed the map! At the entrance here to show and tell visitors what was where!


Amy, she is the lady who does all their advertising and they asked her to do the map! And there she was sat opposite it on the very day we were there and when we stopped at the seats!!


Add to the fact that her mom sat with her, lives near my cousin who spoke to her, and that's no where near here!!


Sunday, June 03, 2018

New York - Day 2

Today, I was up and down early for breakfast, brought it back up to my room, I'd paid for a double room, no price difference than a single but more comfort, also meant I had a double breakfast!! Lol

And after eating, I stashed away the bottles of water and a muffin to eat with me! Camera and waist bag, and back pack!! Lol off I went! Turning right up 7th, all the way.. paused a while in Times Square...



Then, onwards and upwards! Reached Central Park and walked to the area where I scattered mom, it's a bit overgrown there, apart from the two trees where I scattered her about... They are neither overgrown or grown! Or even there anymore!! 

I could not believe it!



What the hell!!?!!

How bizarre is that!! If mom was alive she would be freaking out about this! Off all the tree's these young ones are gone!! Why....

So, I sat on the rock I also left her in.. I sat for a couple of hours and read, actually, one of her favourite books, she read it to me when I was a small child, maybe not the right thing? I don't know, but if fired up my imagination, and kind of links also to all the Egyptian books and stories I also heard..

Oh the book! Lol sorey!
She by H. Rider Haggard


I strolled then back out of the park and headed for Christopher Columbus!



And hence back down 6th Street... To a Burger place I wanted to visit!

All the way down... Down down down... To 19th Street! One helluva way... That day I walked 6.5 miles!!

So.. I reached the place the Burger & Lobster, absolutely wonderful! Great place!



After much time in there, and plenty of coffee to fuel my long walk back, I did!

By way of 5th Street and Madison Square Garden Park, where I sat and either read or people watched in equal measure!

Then I continued down and made my way across back to 7th and the hotel, where I collapsed! Happily!

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Empire State of Mind - Day 1

Okay enough already!




I arrived into NYC, Tuesday morning, about 11:30am great flight, easy through immigration, straight out with my baggage and into a cab!

Zero conversation with the bullet proof glass between us! But got to the hotel quick and easy at that time of the morning.

Joined the check-in/check out line, and checked in! That took about ¾ of an hour!

But at 12 noon I had my keys and headed for my room.

I sorted my stuff out, and out I went, I walked down 7th across to 6th and stopped for coffee and a pastry... Continued down 6th to Greenwich Village and stopped in a friend's cousins tea room, but they were still serving lunch, so didn't stay.

I sat in a pretty little park there, the sun was really hot, one beautiful day... then I walked back up 7th and up aways past the hotel, turned around at some point, my body clock was telling me 10pm! But 4pm real time!

I bought some fresh deli food and took it back to my room... Ate and chatted on here... And went to bed!

Friday, May 25, 2018

More from Córdoba!


This was taken from a narrow alleyway that half the visitors were all trying to walk up and down at the same time! Leading to much confusion and photographs of unwanted persons! The confusion also I guess... that once up the allow into the pretty little plaza... no way out!! LOL

 
 Photographs above the massive monument lead towards the river and the beautiful Roman bridge originally built in the early 1st century... It crosses over the Guadalquivir river.


The Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs  above.. he stands guarding the entrance way...


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cordoba

Well, this could be a long post, apologies for being so lax in my writings...

I shall begin with my trip to Cordoba!


A coach party organised by a local charity shop in Coín and a friend invited me, and very grateful I am too! Having been several times to Granada and Seville I had never been to Cordoba!

This trip is every year at this time to visit the Patios Cordobas! The patios of Cordoba!


And extremely beautiful they were! My friend and I raced to the area in the city to see them and were quite lucky to be early in most of the lines to get in!


There was no charge, but you could donate, on your way out of each private house...


The wide angle below is inside one of the most spectacular buildings I have ever been in, which includes the Vatican, and the Coliseum!


The cathedral/mosque is truly amazing, it is one of the world's heritage sites and I would definitely go again.


We had an amazing day, and I'll post more photos tomorrow, I promise!!