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Report 1704: News Flash!!! Four Canadian Tourists Visit New York City

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Summer 2009

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Page 5 of 6: Getaway Day - The Today Show, Glenn Beck and the Temple of Dendur

photo by Doug Phillips

Glenn Beck on 6th Avenue at 7:30am on his way to work

Check-out time at our hotel is noon. The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens at 9:30am - so I figure I can work in a couple of hours at the museum before we start heading for home.

But first there's the Today Show. On our visit to Rockefeller Center on Sunday, I saw the area where NBC's early morning show occurs. So I walked over by 7:00am, saw the set-up and hung around for a few minutes. Mildly interesting, especially since the streets of the city are pretty quiet at that time of the day, but only if you watch the show and are staying nearby. I started back to the hotel by walking down 6th Avenue. After a few minutes I heard a somewhat familiar voice approaching from behind, turned around and introduced myself to Glenn Beck of Fox. Now I'm not exactly a fan of Glenn Beck. My political sensibilities are about as far away as possible from Beck's. But there he was - right beside me, and we were shaking hands. Pleasant guy in person. When he found out I was a Canadian, he mentioned that he grew up around Vancouver. I watched his show that evening when I got home to see if he would give a shout-out to "Doug from Canada." No such luck and I was mildly surprised that he was wearing the same clothes on his show as he was wearing going to work.

Back to the hotel, a quick breakfast, over to Grand Central and a subway ride up 3rd Avenue, then over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arriving just after 9:30am. The Museum was highly recommended by some Slow Travel friends. Great recommendation! I was tremendously impressed by the quality and diversity of the holdings on display - everything from a half-size bronze copy of nude Diana the Huntress that was the weather vane atop the original Madison Square Gardens to the impressive Temple of Dendur, room after room of masterpieces by painters from the Renaissance to the 20th century, stunning galleries of art from Oceania, the Americas, China, Japan and much, much more. I had two hours - not nearly enough time. The Metropolitan Museum of Art goes to the top of my list on a return visit to New York. Go there! One hint. I was there on a Tuesday morning - access and walking around was very easy - no lineups or crowds. Weekday mornings are apparently the best time to plan a visit.

My favourite unexpected treat at the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Hands down it was the Tiffany garden landscape and fountain.

Back to the hotel by noon - check-out, walk back down to Penn Station, over to Newark Penn Station, pick up the car at the Edison lot ($90 for four days), retrace our driving route from last Friday, arriving home a few minutes after 9:00pm.

We had a great time.

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