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These pictures tell the story of our visit to New York to introduce Freya on her 10th Birthday in March 2001.  This is where she met Eloise. 

These pictures are all thumbnails.
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01-On Board with New Friend.JPG (62173 bytes)
On board, on the way. Freya, as always, found an instant friend.
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The first evening we walked a few blocks to the Brasserie, pausing at the Seagram's building for a photo-op.
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Freya loved the Brasserie (so did we!), especially when they brought her dazzling dessert. We insisted she leave her new blue sunglasses in the hotel, only to be seated on the banquet next to a chi-chi couple - the lady wearing identical glasses! 
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We walked back in the crisp evening on Lexington Ave. with the Art Deco Chrysler Building as a beacon.
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Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day.  We started in the morning with mass at St. Patties.
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St. Patties transept. 
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Newly elevated Cardinal O'Connor delivering his sermon.
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My favorite building in New York will always be the RCA Building, no matter how big GE makes their logo.
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This famous statue of Atlas is directly across from St. Patties and provides a vista of Rock Center.
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The famous Rock Center Promenade.  Prometheus is under wraps being repaired.
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Late in the day GrandMa took Freya ice skating on the famous rink, and Tuesday early AM they stood in the cold in front of the Today Show.
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Freya and GrandPa in Rock Center where we took her into the lobby of the RCA Building to show her the Diego Rivera murals & explained how this brilliant artist worked for the people.
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There was a huge parade on 5th Avenue.  Greek Independence Day.  Lead by the Mayor, it went on for hours.  Really exciting.
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We walked all the way up 5th Avenue to the Zoo where we saw them feed the seals and enjoyed these penguins. 
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Freya took this great picture of GrandMa and GrandPa in Central Park.
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The Plaza Hotel.  Our destination for a big splurge. High Tea in the Garden Court. See the photo at the top of the previous page.
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Freya went to the Plaza bookstore before we started tea and found a book on Eloise.  She read the entire book before tea.  She was most impressed.
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Gads, we woke up the next morning to a freak March snow storm, and we were headed for the Statue of Liberty!  But what a picture of St. Barts.
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Freya L O V E D  the subway.  She even got up enough nerve to walk between the moving cars!
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Grand Central was Grand.
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Now here's a trooper! The Statue of Liberty in a blizzard!
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Liberty as majestic as ever.
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The snow cleared but it got colder!  Lower Manhattan from Ellis Island.

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Katz's Deli.  
The quintessential N.Y. Deli.   
Freya had Latkes, an egg cream and cheesecake!  GrandPa wet crazy for the matzo ball soup & shared the best pastrami sandwich with GrandMa (and 2 buckets of pickles!).  If you don't know Katz's you should, and not because of the faked orgasm in When Harry Met Sally.  
It's the food that counts, and take home a salami.
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Times Square with GrandMa.
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Matching watch caps.  We bought them as a necessity.  It was COLD.
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On Tuesday we had an early evening flight and spent the day at the new Planetarium.  

All text and photos Copyright Howard Case 2001