Monday, May 22, 2006
Fleet Week in NYC!
We arrived in Manhattan the week leading up to the Memorial Day holiday, when the town was awash in sailors. Fleet Week! As civilian tours swarmed the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard vessels docked all around Manhattan, the city streets were filled with thousands of men and women in crisp uniform, on R&R for the 19th annual celebration of Fleet Week NYC.
Hoping to take in a little culture, we popped over to the majestic Morgan Library & Museum, just around the corner from our hotel on Madison Avenue. Founded by the legendary New York financier Pierpont Morgan (at the turn of the 20th century he had a robber-baron control of American banks, corporations and railroads) and housing one of the world’s greatest collections of artistic and literary works -- including Mozart and Beethoven original music scores, Gutenberg bibles and manuscripts by Charles Dickens and Mark Twain -- the newly renovated establishment proved too popular and we couldn’t even squeeze in for a peek!
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