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Old 05-16-2017, 06:25 PM   #241
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Excellent finish. This TR serves as a fine tribute to Bill's memory. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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I finally got to get back here and finish up!

It looks like you had an amazing time in NYC. So cool to see the original Pooh characters.

The 911 museum looks so amazing. I do plan to get in there myself some day.

I too thought the memorial footprints were smaller than I imagined them to be. I guess they really are big when you look at how small the people on the other side look, but still it just seems small.

I went the other museum back when I was in high school. We would take a yearly Dec. trip and one year my Aunt made us go to several museums which we thought were boring. LOL. That one was a bit exciting though because of all the dinosaur bones. It's on my list to get back in there again someday too...and to take Claire...who will probably think it is boring.....but she has seen the History of the Museum movies so that might make it a bit more appealing to her.

What a wonderful lounge to go to before the flight. And I am envious that you got to sleep the whole way back.
Our flight to FL in June is at 5:30 AM and though it is only about 2 1/2 hours, we will not get much sleep the night before and I can never sleep sitting up. I can only hope the flight isn't full and we can maybe stretch out a bit.

Thanks for writing. I am sorry I have been so behind in reading and I know I have missed a couple of your reports as well. I just seem to keep running out of time.
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I finally got to get back here and finish up!
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It looks like you had an amazing time in NYC. So cool to see the original Pooh characters.
That was very neat.

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The 911 museum looks so amazing. I do plan to get in there myself some day.
I'd like to go back when it's quieter and take more in, but I don't know if we'll get the chance. We are back in NYC next September on our cruise, but as we're doing back-to-back cruises, I don't think we'll have enough time to get off and do much...

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I too thought the memorial footprints were smaller than I imagined them to be. I guess they really are big when you look at how small the people on the other side look, but still it just seems small.

I went the other museum back when I was in high school. We would take a yearly Dec. trip and one year my Aunt made us go to several museums which we thought were boring. LOL. That one was a bit exciting though because of all the dinosaur bones. It's on my list to get back in there again someday too...and to take Claire...who will probably think it is boring.....but she has seen the History of the Museum movies so that might make it a bit more appealing to her.
Really, she might think it's boring? When I was a kid, I loved museums like that!

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What a wonderful lounge to go to before the flight. And I am envious that you got to sleep the whole way back.
Our flight to FL in June is at 5:30 AM and though it is only about 2 1/2 hours, we will not get much sleep the night before and I can never sleep sitting up. I can only hope the flight isn't full and we can maybe stretch out a bit.
Fingers crossed for you about that.

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No worries, there have been quite a lot of trip reports, and trust me, I know how hard it is to catch up when you've been busy.
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