It’s not Thanksgiving without the parade…

Steve and I went with Jeff and Celia to watch the Macy’s parade. It was 18 degrees! I don’t know how the folks in the parade managed to keep the smiles on their faces, but they did. I was especially impressed with the bands. Their fingers must have been so cold!

The crowds were light so we got pretty close. Even so, I saw a lot of heads…

But luckily the balloons fly above the crowd!

We gave up and went back to the warm apartment and watched the rest of the parade on TV with a glass of bubbly.

Jeff is getting ready to cook the turkey. We are thankful for it all :-).

Happy thanksgiving to you and yours :-).

Thanksgiving in NYC, 2016

Steve and I are visiting Celia and Jeff for Thanksgiving again this year. It could easily become a tradition. We take a laid back approach to viewing the Macy’s parade. We only watch parts of it, from a distance because we all like the balloons the best.

Macy's Parade 2016

Macy's Parade 2016

Macy's Parade 2016 - Street Vendor

Macy’s Parade 2016 – Street Vendor

Watching the Macy's Parade 2016

Watching the Macy’s Parade 2016

I couldn’t resist the shot when I noticed myself perfectly positioned in someone else’s camera as they were preparing to take a selfie

Celia put her camera on the tripod for our Thanksgiving family photo.

Celia, Jeff, Becky and Steve

Celia, Jeff, Becky and Steve

Steve and Becky - tree hugging at Lincoln Center

Steve and Becky – tree hugging at Lincoln Center

I must not be paying attention when I look in the mirror because I keep expecting to see my younger self in pictures. Everybody else looks great so I’m just going to assume that I do too. And so do you so smile for those pictures.

 

Thanksgiving in NYC…

I am thankful for Thanksgiving, this one in particular. We got to visit Jeff and Celia in their city—New York City! Here are a few of the things we saw and did, not necessarily in chronological order…

Steve held my tea as I took photos pretty often. He is such a good traveling companion :-).

We went to see the balloons tied down the night before the Macy’s Parade. The weather was crisp, but nice and my oh my did the people come out for this event. Celia said it was the most crowded they had ever seen. It was really packed but there you go. It was a fun experience!

The balloons look a lot bigger up in the air.

We went to both the MOMA and to the Whitney museums. I enjoy the art. I enjoy watching people look at the art. I might actually like the people watching more than the art watching.

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I also enjoy the people who guard the art. They watch people looking at art all day long.

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There are great outside spaces at the Whitney where you can look out at the city…

We walked the High Line where there were still a few flowers blooming. I thought that was amazing for this time of year.

Jeff cooked a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Celia took me to see the Rockettes! Steve and Jeff went to the northern end of Manhattan to see ‘nature’. We shopped and walked and visited Central Park. This is me, taking pictures of the leaves falling that didn’t turn out.

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Here we all are, in a picture Celia took using her tripod and self-timer…

Jeff, Celia, Becky, Steve

I hope each and every one of you had as nice a holiday was we did. Right now we are in the airport, waiting to fly home. While we are sad to leave the kids, we are still smiling from the time spent with them.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade…

We walked a few blocks from Jeff and Celia’s apartment to 64th Street and Central Park West. We got there an hour before the parade started and there were already lots of people there. None of us are committed enough to parades to have gotten there in time to be in the front row.

Anything below head level was hidden from us, but luckily most of the good stuff is tall or floating. The Macy’s stars were first…

Followed by a turkey float…

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My favorite was Adventure Time…

Jeff is in the kitchen cooking. Celia and I have been decorating their Christmas tree, and Steve is having a nap. What a great Thanksgiving!

NYC and MOMA…

Jeff and Steve and I went to the Museum of Modern Art today, mostly to see the Picasso sculptures. 

  
This very early piece that’s almost not a sculpture was perhaps my favorite out of more than 100 pieces. 

  
This orangutan was also kind of fun. Picasso did a lot more with found objects than I remember from art history classes. You can’t miss the toy car….

  
But here’s the thing. A whole lot of what I saw did not pass the ‘garage sale’ test. Meaning that if I saw this for sale at a garage sale, would I buy it? In many cases, no. I’m a Philistine. 

I really love looking at people looking at art, whether that is a stranger…

  
Or if it is Jeff and Steve…

  
 We did more today. I shopped for a new lens at B & H Camera. I’ve shopped with them online but never in person. Such a cool photography store!!! I got a 14-150mm lens for my new micro four thirds Olympus. I have to stop lens shopping now, darn it!
I baked pies in an unfamiliar kitchen. I think they’ll be good. Jeff cooked dinner and now we are back in our hotel room on 54th Street. Life is mighty fine :-).