Sorry for the delay – flight and tiredness.
On Sunday morning we had breakfast at a diner, which was good and relatively cheap. Rick then went to do the Greatest Hits of MoMA, while I visited their Design Shop.
The tour began with a wild ride in Boston (though that was Paul Revere’s, not ours), and ended with one in New York.
Our shuttle to the airport arrived about 10 minutes late, but the traffic was bad, and there was a parade on Avenue of the Americas. After 35 minutes of picking up other passengers (all on the West Side), we were still only 5 minutes’ walk from our hotel. When the driver saw a space ahead, he would race to fill it, sending pedestrians and cyclists flying, and later on the highway almost railroading a car into a wall. As if this was not exciting enough, it rained for 10 minutes, and several roads round the airport were flooded.
Rick alighted at Terminal 5, where we said our goodbyes, and I went to Terminal 4, where I had a very long wait. At our departure time, we began to taxi, and taxi, and taxi – for 70 minutes, with a squalling baby for entertainment (I thought we were just going to drive across the Atlantic). We arrived in London only 5 minutes late, however.
[This reminded me of something I once read about the vast (52 square miles) Denver International Airport. After landing, and taxiing for 10 minutes, the pilot addressed the passengers: ‘Any of you guys see anything that looks like an airport out there?’]
I was through Immigration in no time (why are passport scanners so difficult to use?), glad I wasn’t in the incredibly long line for non-EU people. Back to the car, with no problems, and I was home by 10:15.
Thanks, as always, to Rick for his constant driving – he said he’d be bored if I was driving (clearly a long time since he’s experienced that).
Thanks also to Google Maps, without which we’d still be going round a traffic circle in Augusta.
Pictures : 1) A building which apparently was used in a Spider-Man movie, 2) Times Square, and 3) in the Met, a cast of Rodin’s Les bourgeois de Calais – I’ve now seen five: New York, Pasadena, London, Washington DC, and … Calais.