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NYC Thursday

We woke up to some showers. Fortunately the showers stopped after a bit…and the day stayed mostly cloudy. Combine that with mild temps in the 70s and it was a very pleasant day!

Today we actually got an earlier start. We skipped grilling sandwiches like we did yesterday to save time…besides no one was excited about eating them later.

We got out of the place around 9:30 in the morning. Due to a lack of good planning, we took three trains to Rockefeller Center…it could have been two. But, oh well.

We walked over to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We saw the inside and were impressed…especially since it was initially finished in 1878. It was recently renovated.

Sarah and Jeffrey in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Click photo for full size.
Sarah and Jeffrey in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Click photo for full size.
Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral. Click photo for full size.
Inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Click photo for full size.

After walking around the cathedral, Mom and Dad walked a short ways to pick up a bus map. The rest then found some food trucks for lunch.

Victoria, Joanna, and Jeri after getting lunch from a food truck. Click photo for full size.
Victoria, Joanna, and Jeri after getting lunch from a food truck. Click photo for full size.
Nicole with her spicy food truck lunch. Click photo for full size.
Nicole with her spicy food truck lunch. Click photo for full size.

We boarded the Uptown bus. We rode up top of the double-decker bus. A tour guy told us about various sites and buildings as we passed by. Like who has lived there, who lives there now, what shows/movies were shot there, where John Lennon was murdered, etc.

We stopped at the American Museum of Natural History and used our Explorer Pass again. Given our limited time, we only saw a few exhibits…like the dinosaur exhibit.

Jeffrey next to a triceratops in the American Museum of Natural History. Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey next to a triceratops in the American Museum of Natural History. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim in front of T-Rex in the American Museum of Natural History. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim in front of T-Rex in the American Museum of Natural History. Click photo for full size.

On the spur-of-the-moment, we got off at St. John’s the Divine Cathedral, one of the world’s largest cathedrals. Of course some pictures were in order. However pictures don’t do it justice.

Jeffrey, Joanna, Jeri, Sarah, Nicole, and Victoria in St. John's the Divine Cathedral. Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey, Joanna, Jeri, Sarah, Nicole, and Victoria in St. John’s the Divine Cathedral. Click photo for full size.
Sarah, Victoria, and Jeffrey outside of St. John's the Divine Cathedral. Click photo for full size.
Sarah, Victoria, and Jeffrey outside of St. John’s the Divine Cathedral. Click photo for full size.

We then hopped on the next bus and got off in front of another huge cathedral. This one was built by John D. Rockefeller.

We then walked to Grant’s Tomb which was right across the street. It was massive and impressive.

Front - Nicole, Victoria, and Tim. Back - Joanna, Sarah, Jeri, and Jeffrey outside of Grant's Tomb. Click photo for full size.
Front – Nicole, Victoria, and Tim. Back – Joanna, Sarah, Jeri, and Jeffrey outside of Grant’s Tomb. Click photo for full size.

We then boarded the next bus to continue the Uptown loop back to Times Square. We passed through Harlem and continued around Central Park. Some were pretty tired.

On the tour bus, heading back to Times Square. Click photo for full size.
On the tour bus, heading back to Times Square. Click photo for full size.

Back in Times Square, we took the subway home.

Jeffrey, Nicole, Joanna, Victoria, and Tim in one of the Times Square subway stations. Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey, Nicole, Joanna, Victoria, and Tim in one of the Times Square subway stations. Click photo for full size.

Once we were back close to our apartment, we decided to eat at a Thai place called Sweet Basil. We all enjoyed it very much. Their Drunken Noodles dish is highly touted on Yelp. Joanna and Victoria each ordered it and shared with all of us. We were all impressed.

Sarah at Sweet Basil. Click photo for full size.
Sarah at Sweet Basil. Click photo for full size.
Nicole at Sweet Basil. Click photo for full size.
Nicole at Sweet Basil. Click photo for full size.

Once back at home base, we shared the cheesecakes that we brought home the night before. Wow! The Devil’s Food Cheesecake was incredible!!! Perfectly designed for chocolate lovers.

Devil's Food Cheesecake from Juniors restaurant
Devil’s Food Cheesecake from Juniors restaurant