Some of you have written to us to ask if we were in or near the area with the explosions last evening. We were not. We did hear police sirens for several hours following the explosion even near our hotel.
We had dinner last evening at Patzeria Family and Friends Italian Restaurant. We had salad, pizza and beer. We realized that we probably shouldn't have had pizza on our last night on board Serenity as our plan was to have pizza on our first night in New York City.
Having grown up in New York we both are particular about pizza. We'd give this one three out of four stars for the pizza but it was good to try a place that we haven't visited before. Service was friendly and the restaurant was quiet. It was definitely New York Pizza. For us a little less crust around the circumference of the pizza would have been preferable. LOL, we still enjoyed it and somehow ate it all.
Our walk back to the hotel took about twenty minutes and we stopped by the club lounge for a glass of wine. Afterwards, we relaxed in our room.
We slept well, woke early and had breakfast at the club lounge. We kept it simple with cereal and a banana. We took a few photos as they were putting the food out. They had other continental breakfast food items including mixed fruit, danish, bagels, and yogurt.
Later in the morning we made our way to a restaurant called Patsy's Italian Restaurant where we had lunch with someone we have known for many years. The person had recommended this restaurant to us in 2007 and we had dinner there before we boarded Crystal Symphony for a New York City to Montreal Cruise. This restaurant has been owned and operated by the Scognamillo Family since 1944.
The food was wonderful as was the service and the family feel of this restaurant.
Afterwards, we walked back to a theatre that coincidentally is just across the street from our hotel. Before we booked the hotel we actually booked theatre tickets to see the Musical called Beautiful about Carole King. For many from our generation, including the two of us, when we think of Carole King it brings us back to 1971 when the album Tapestry was released. We know all of the songs and can visualize the cover of the album. What we didn't know back in the day was that years before the release of Tapestry that in 1958 at the young age of 16 that Carole King is already writing songs and in time teams up with Gerry Goffin and the collaborate writing songs together and become lovers and eventually marry. Many songs that are well known she wrote on her own or with Gerry. We certainly enjoyed this musical. It brought back many wonderful memories for each of us. It is emotional while also uplifting.
We will post again tomorrow.
Keith & Anne Marie