START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK – THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART – PART TWO

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Or try  to .

Like  the  first  floor  and  mezzanine ,  there’s  so much  to  see.

On these  two floors  not only  are there exhibits   on musical  instruments   and sculptures ,but so much  more . FB_IMG_1504108255921FB_IMG_1503939971787FB_IMG_1504197567279FB_IMG_1504108166925FB_IMG_1504108155670FB_IMG_1504197378851FB_IMG_1504197602201

There’s  also  European  paintings  from  the  end of  the  12th  Century  to the  19th  century .

They  also  have  an exhibit  on World War  I  posters  from  the  countries  that  were involved  in  the  war .

It was  hard  to  say  which  exhibits  I liked  the  best ,  but I  would  have  to  say the American  Wing .

Seeing  some  of  the  sculptures  and  paintings  brought  American  History  to life  for  me, especially  the  huge painting  of  Washington  crossing  the  Delaware .

Very  inspiring   to see this painting  .

It was larger than life.

I also  liked  the    replica  of  the  museum  when  it first  opened  in the  19th  Century  with  the  exhibit  of  period  rooms  from  Philadelphia ,  Baltimore ,  Massachusetts ,  and Virginia .

For  those  of  you  not  interested  in  all this  ancient  art, the  Met  Fifth  Avenue  also  has  an area  for  Modern  and  Contemporary  art,  but  for  a more  extensive  collection  of  Modern  and  Contemporary  Art ,  go over  to  the  Met  –  Breuer  on  75th  Street  and  Madison  Avenue .

There’s  also  the  Costume  Institute  in the  museum ,  which  is  very  popular  for  those  of  us who  consider  ourselves , “fashionistas”.

In this  area  of the museum ,  works  of current  and  past  fashion  designers  are spotlighted .

This  year, it was  the  fashion  house known  as  Comme Des  Garcons .

You’ve  visited  all or if not ,  most  of  the  exhibits  in the  museum  and you  feel  as though  you’ve  missed  something ,  and like  the  song  goes ,  “You don’t  want  to  miss a thing . ”

Don’t  worry ,  you won’t ,  but if you  do just remember .

If you live in  or are visiting  New York  City  for a while ,  you can always  come back

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START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK – THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART – FIFTH AVENUE- PART ONE

FB_IMG_1504202192491FB_IMG_1504202212261FB_IMG_1504202208791FB_IMG_1504108193624FB_IMG_1504197357604FB_IMG_1504108222356FB_IMG_1504108267404FB_IMG_1504200062249FB_IMG_1504108228129FB_IMG_1504197345823FB_IMG_1504200609934The state  of  Texas  likes  to  brag  that  ”  everything  is  bigger  in Texas  ” ,  and they  just  might  have  a  point .

But  they don’t  have  a thing  on “The  Big  Apple  “.

Everything  isn’t  just  big  in the  “city  that  never  sleeps”, it’s  spread  out.

If things  look larger  than  life  when  you  make  that  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City ,  you  aren’t  hallucinating .

Everything  is  HUMONGOUS  here.

The  Metropolitan  Museum  of  Art ,  which  is  located  on  Fifth  Avenue  between  80th  and 82nd  Streets ,  is no ex exception .

It’s  the  largest art museum  in the  United  States  and it’s  located on Fifth  Avenue’s  famous  “Museum  Mile”.

To say that  one might  need a whole  day  to explore  this  place  isn’t  stretching  the truth .

You might  actually  need  more than  a  day  to see everything .

Even  if  you spend a whole  day in the museum ,  you still  might  not see see everything .

It’s  that  big .

Forget  walking  up the  stairs  to enter the building ,  which  looks  like  a  mansion  on steroids ,  just  standing  outside  on the David  H Koch  Plaza  right  by the two  fountains  on either side , you can’t  comprehend  how  big this  place  is .

You  notice  all the  people  making  themselves  at home  on on the  steps  of  the  museum .

Or maybe  all these  people  are  resting  their  tired feet after  spending  so much  time  looking  at almost  everything  in the museum .

The  suggested  admission  price  for  the  museum  is   $25, but  pay what  you  wish .

If you  happen  to  live in  one of  the  five  boroughs  and you have a New  York  City  ID card, you can  get  free  admission  for  a  year.

Trust  me  on this  one ,  it’s  worth  having  and the  Metropolitan  –  Fifth  Avenue  isn’t  the  only  museum  in the  five  boroughs  that  accepts  this  card .

As with  the  other  two  branches ,  the Cloisters  and  Met Breuer ,  hold  onto  your  ticket  for  same-day  admission .

Since  this  museum  is so  big ,  the  post  on the  Metropolitan  Museum  –  Fifth  Avenue  is going  to  be  in two  parts .

Like  the  Met  -Breuer ,  which  I  mentioned  in  an  earlier  post ,  (  sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  /  2017/08/26/Start/Spreading  -the  -news  -New – York  -City  -New – York  -The  –  Metropolitan  -Museum  -of  -Art –  Breuer  ), the  Met  –  Fifth  Avenue  is  open  daily ,  but  on Fridays  and  Saturdays ,  the  museum  is  open  until  9pm .

Also  on  Fridays  and  Saturdays ,  you  may  wish  to  check  out  the  Petrie  Court  Café ,  which  is  located  on  the  mezzanine  level  of  the  museum .

They also  have  live  music .

I’m  not  even  going  to  begin  to tell  you  where  to  start  looking  in this  museum .

They have  floor  plans  in several  different  languages  so that  you  can  see where you’re  going .

They  also  provide  audio  headsets  if you wish  to  do a self tour .

They  tell  you  all about  the  exhibits  in front  of  you  without  being  disturbed  by  all the  conversation  around  you .

The  brochure  of the  museum  states  that  the  museum  has “5,000 years  of Art from  everywhere  in  the  world . ”

That’s  no exaggeration .

You  will  have  to  come  back  and even  then  you  still  might  not  see  everything  in this  place .

On the  first  floor and mezzanine ,  there’s  art from  Egypt ,  Ancient  Greece  and  Rome ,  as well  as  art from  the  Americas ,  Africa  and  the  Pacific  Islands .

One  might  assume  that  the  museum  is not  only  overwhelming  for  adults ,  but  for  the  children  too.

Younger  children  might  enjoy  the  exhibits  on  Medieval  Knights  and Armor ,  but  on the  days  that  I  visited ,  every preteen ,  tweenager, and  teenager seemed  to  like  looking  at  the  mummies  and any and  everything  that  screamed Egypt .

You  can  take  pictures  in the  museum ,  but  be aware  that  some  of  the  exhibits  strictly  forbid  you  from  doing  this ,  not  to mention  the  security  guards  will  not  so gently  come  over  to  you  and  tell  you ,  ”  not  to  touch  the exhibits  and  no pictures  please . ”

If you  get too  overwhelmed  by the  museum ,  (  and trust  me  after  an hour  or  two ,  you  will . ), you  can  take  a break  at  one  of  the  many  cafés  and  restaurants  in the  museum  .

From  May until  October ,  you  can  unwind  at The  Roof Bar on the  fifth  floor .

If you  don’t  wish  to  do this ,  get  ready  to  take  that  long  walk  up the  stairs  to see  all  that  there  is  on the  second  and  third  floors .

Don’t  worry  if  you  can’t  walk up all those  flights  of  stairs ,  an elevator  will take you  up  there  as well . FB_IMG_1504108186427

LAS VEGAS BABY ! – LAS VEGAS , NEVADA – THE D HOTEL AND CASINO

In an earlier  post  on Las Vegas ,  I asked  the  question ,  Las Vegas  Strip  or Downtown  Las  Vegas ,  where  should  you  stay when you’re  in  town ?

(See  sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  /  2017/06/30 Las  -Vegas  -Baby – Las – Vegas  -Nevada  -The – Las – Vegas – Strip  -or – Downtown  -Las  -Vegas  –  Where  –  Should  -I – Stay  -When  -I – Go  –  To  -Las  –  Vegas  )

My personal  choice ,  as I  mentioned  in  the  post ,  was  the place  where  the  city  of  Las  Vegas  actually  began ,  Downtown .

One  of  the  hotels  that  I  would  suggest  that  you  stay  at  is the  hotel  with  the  name  that’s  very  easy  to  remember .

It has one  letter ,  and it’s  called ,  “The  D  ” .

It’s  the  tallest  hotel  in Downtown  Las  Vegas  with  35 floors .

If you happen  to  be  staying  on the  Las Vegas  Strip ,  you  can’t  miss  it  if you’re  going  to  watch  the  light  show  on Fremont  Street .

The D is right  in  the  middle  of  all that  action at  the  Fremont  Street  Experience .

The  Third  Street  Stage is right  next  door  and if you have to ,  there’s  a  McDonald’s  there too.

This is  the  third  name  change  for this  hotel .

It  was  once  called  Sundance, then Fitzgeralds .

Now ,  about  that  new name, “The  D  ” .

What’s  that  all about ?

There’s  three reasons ,  depending  on just  who  you speak  to  or believe .

Reason  number one:  The  first  name  of  one  of  the  owners  is Derek .

Reason  number  two  :  The  hotel  is  located  in  Downtown  Las  Vegas .

Reason  number  three  is closer  to  the  truth .

The owners  of  the  hotel  are from  Detroit .

Besides  ”  Motown  ”  and ”  The  Motor  City  “, just  what  is the  other  nickname  for  Detroit ?

You guessed  it ,  The D .

While  most  of  the  hotels  on the Las Vegas  Strip  especially  have some  kind  of  exotic  city  theme  like  Paris ,  Venice ,  Lake  Como  ,Egypt , and  Monte  Carlo ,  this  hotel  is  about  all things  Michigan ,  not just  the  city  of  Detroit .

You  want  to  see  everything  and all that  has  to  do  with  Michigan  sports ,  no matter  what  the  sport  is, you’ve  come  to  the  right  hotel  and  casino .

Right behind  the  bar  that  calls  itself ,  ”  The Long  Bar  “, all those  television  sets are turned  to not only  local  and  national  sports ,  but Michigan  sports  as well .

Don’t  be surprised  if  one  of  the  patrons  at the  bar enjoying   himself  is one  or both of  the owners  of  the  hotel .

As for  ”  The  Long  Bar  ” ?

According  to  the  state  of  Nevada ,  this casino  has the longest bar in the state ,  so you’ll  always  find  a seat somewhere  at the  bar.

Are you  hungry ?

Besides  the D Café  inside the  hotel ,  and the  McDonald’s  outside  the  hotel ,  there’s  the  24  hour  American  Coney  Island  Chilli  Dog  Restaurant  that  specializes  in  those  mouth  watering  hot  dogs  with the  secret  sauce  just  like  you’d  find  at  the  American  Coney  Island  Chilli  Dog  Restaurants  back  home  in Detroit .

This  casino  likes  to  say that  it provides  the  most  fun not only  in Downtown  Las  Vegas ,  but  in the  whole  town .

They  just  might  be  right ,  and  the  fun just  doesn’t  begin  when  you  check  into  your  room .

When  they  aren’t  taking  your  bets ,  some  of  the  dealers  are dancing  on the tables  to the beat of  the  music, which you can hear  throughout  the  casino .

The bartenders  at the bars  throughout  the place don’t  want to  feel  left out on all this fun.

Watch as some of  them juggle  those rum, vodka  ,and whiskey  bottles around  before  they  make  your  drink.

This is Las Vegas ,  after all .

EVERYONE  puts  on a  show .

Now  that  you’ve  seen what’s  going  on  downstairs ,  what about  your  room ?

We won’t  even  talk  about  that choice  you have on whether  to go frolicking  in the outside  pool or chill out  in the jacuzzi .

The  D is  the  only  hotel  on Fremont  Street  that has both .

One  thing  you’ll  notice  is that red and  black  seems  to  be  the  color scheme  of  the  hotel .

The color  is all over  the  casino, the  hallways ,  the lobby ,  the front  desk ,  and even when you  enter  your  room .

One thing you might notice  about the elevators  in the building .

Besides  the fact that they’re  also  red and  white ,  that is  .

When you push the floor you want , the letters  A, B, C, and D come up.

This tells you what elevator  you’ll  take  to your  room .

For example ,  if the elevator  says  C17 ,  you take elevator  C to the 17th floor .

Strange, but a lot of  hotels  in  the  United  States  seem  to  be  doing  this .

The  rooms  aren’t  as spacious  as some  of  the  the other  hotels  Downtown  or on the  strip ,  but the  beds  are  comfortable .

I  would  advise  asking  for  a  room  on a higher  floor  because  you are in the middle  of  the  action  on the  Fremont  Street  Experience ,  and if you’re  a light  sleeper ,  a lower floor  isn’t  going  to  block  out  the  noise .

If you  want  a microwave  and  refrigerator  in your  room ,  that  will  cost  you  extra .

There’s  a  resort  fee at the  hotel ,  like  many  others  in town .

It’s   $20 per night ,  plus the  hotel charges  11538970_10205479491680084_3275377891109438708_o10380824_10205456904475418_1441072148386311670_o11406234_10205460832813624_6298998669153517731_o11206516_10205479455199172_2196017128786538446_o1262554_10201143754089354_1146120132_o10985185_10205479480759811_6978073834829958690_o10339401_10205460876014704_4966264098478081690_o11026264_10205479307675484_6204006098143301757_o$100  on your  credit  card  for incidentals ,  which  is  refunded  to you, providing  that you haven’t  used up $100  worth of  stuff .

You can either  pay the  resort  fee when you check in or when you’re  ready  to  check  out .

The fee isn’t  optional ,  so don’t try to  get  out  of  it.

The  hotel  is  easy  to  get to  by  either  the  Deuce  or  SDX  bus.

(See  sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  2017/06/29/Las  –  Vegas  –  Baby  –  Las  –  Vegas  –  Nevada  –  Yes  –  You  –  Can  –  Take  –  Public  –  Transportation  –  Here  )

If  you’re  coming  from  the  Las  Vegas  Strip ,  both  buses  stop right  across  the  street  from  the  hotel .

If you’re  arriving  by  plane  from  Las Vegas  McCarron  Airport ,  you  can  either  take  a  cab  or one  of  the  many  shuttle  vans ,  which  are  cheaper  than  getting  a  cab .

Keep  in  mind ,  though ,  that you  will  be  sharing  the  van  with  people  going  to  some  of  the  other  hotels  or hostels  in town ,  so  the  ride  will  definitely  take  longer  than  usual .

If you happen  to  arrive  at  night ,  you’ll  get  to  see the city  when it looks  the  most  beautiful ,  at night with the  lights  from the different  casinos  all lit up  like  Christmas  trees .

You  have  your  choice  of hotels  to stay  at while  you’re  in town .

You want to have some  fun without  the all crowds  on the  Las  Vegas  Strip ?

Make your  home  in Las Vegas ,  the hotel  with  just  the  initial .

The  D .

START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK – MORE PICTURES OF MY VISIT TO THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY , PART TWO .

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I think you  can  get  an idea  of  why I  liked my visit so much.

If  you  happen  to  be  visiting  New  York  City ,  make this  museum  a must  stop  on your visit .

I  think  you’ll  enjoy  it  as much  as  I  did.

The  pictures  should  inspire  you .

PICTURES  FROM  THE  AMERICAN  MUSEUM  OF  NATURAL  HISTORY PART ONE

These were some of  the  pictures  from my  day at the  American  Museum  of  Natural  History .  No, you won’t  see any from the  Rodents  of  New  York  State  exhibit ,  but some from the Hall of  Peoples ,  definitely .  My favorite  exhibit  there. Would go back to  this museum  just to  see those exhibits . 

START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK – THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

FB_IMG_1503928884257FB_IMG_1503928975288The first  thing  one  notices  when  you  walk  into  the  American  Museum  of  Natural  History  isn’t  the  huge  statue  of  President  Theodore  Roosevelt  right  in  front  of  the  building  that takes  up  four blocks  or so on Central  Park West .

It’s  the  two  giant  prehistoric  animals  getting  ready  to  do  battle  right  in the  middle  of  the  Theodore  Roosevelt  Memorial  Hall .

This  museum ,  which  is  one  of  the  largest  Natural  History  museums  in  the  country ,  is also  the  home  of  the  world  famous  Hayden  Planetarium .

If you  happen  to  be  visiting  New York  City  not only  for  your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  but  just  because  this  is  New York  City  after all ,  this  is  one  of  the  museums  that  you  should  visit ,  especially  if  you  have  children .

The  museum  is  easy  to  get  to  by  public  transportation  and  two  New York  City  subway  trains ,  the B and  C  trains ,  stop  right  at  the  museum .

There’s  even  an entrance  when  you  get  off  the  subway  at the Lower  Level .

The  museum  is  open  daily  from  10am  until  5:45  pm .

The suggested  admission price   for  adults   $19  and  for children  ages 2-12, $10.

Before  you  pay, though ,  you’ll  be  asked  if  you  wish to  visit  just  the  museum  or do you  wish  to  see the Imax  Movie ,  special  exhibits ,  plus  any  shows  at  the  Hayden  Planetarium .

If you  want  to  do  all of  this ,  more money  is added  to  your  admission  price .

$14  more for  the  adults ,  $10  more  for  the  children .

If this  sounds  like  a  steep  price  to  you ,  keep  in  mind  that  in effect ,  you’re  visiting  two  museums .

The  Hayden  Planetarium  tells  you  everything  you  wanted  to  know  about  the  planets  and  solar  systems .

Given  the  fact  that  we recently  had  a  solar  eclipse ,  the  Hayden  Planetarium  was one  of  the  busiest  places  in the  museum .

The museum  itself  has  four  floors  and is quite  spread  out ,  so please  be sure  to  pick  up  a floor  plan  before  you  go into  any  of  the  exhibits .

Otherwise ,  you will  be  hopelessly  lost like I was ,  and I  did have  a  floor  plan .

The  planetarium  isn’t  the  only  exhibit  on the  first  floor ,  but the  child  in you  will love  the  Hall  of  North  American  Mammals .

On the  day  that  I  visited  the  museum ,  besides   reading  the  quotes  from President  Roosevelt  that were on  the  wall  as you walk  in  and  being  mesmerized  by the  two  prehistoric  animals  battling  it out, I really  enjoyed  the  exhibits  on in  the  second  floor ,  which just  didn’t  have  the  Hall  of  African  Mammals ,  but  also  the Hall  of  Peoples .

There  were  exhibits  on peoples  from  Mexico ,  South  and  Central  America ,  Asia  and  Africa .

I was really  fascinated  by  the  customs and  traditions ,  and I  would  say that  this  was  my favorite  section  of  the  museum .

I didn’t  think  that  I  would  enjoy  my  visit  to  a  museum  about dinosaurs ,  rocks, and the  planets ,  but I  was  wrong .

This  museum  is so  much  more  than  that .

The  inner  child  in me  really  liked  looking  at  all the  prehistoric  animals ,  and trying  to  pronounce  their  names .

There  was  even  a  section  on  the  birds  of New York  State  and for  some  reason  the exhibit  that seemed  to  have the  most  children ,  and their  parents oohing  and  just  seemingly  enjoying  for  some  strange  reason ,  was the one  called ,  ”  Rodents  of  New  York . ”

Don’t  ask, I couldn’t  look at  it without  getting  sick.

You might  think  an hour  visiting  this  museum  would  be  fine .

Wrong ,  try three  hours  at the  most .

There’s  a  lot  to  see, but leave  the  selfie  sticks  at home  or back at the  hotel  or hostel .

Security  will tell you  when you  first  arrive ,  that  selfie sticks   aren’t  allowed  anywhere  in  the  museum .

There are  so  many  museums  in  the  city to visit .

Make the  American  Museum  of  Natural  History  a must  see on your  next  trip  to  New York  City . FB_IMG_1503928864289FB_IMG_1503928880842

START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK – THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART – BREUER

FB_IMG_1503757029082FB_IMG_1503757034003FB_IMG_1503757041924FB_IMG_1503757038287FB_IMG_1503757046587It’s  located  at  945  Madison  Avenue  on 75th  Street  on the  Upper  East  Side .

It’s  the branch  of  the  Metropolitan  Museum  of  Art  that  not  too  many  people  know  about ,  if really  at all.

While  the  other  two  branches  of  the  Metropolitan ,  the  main  branch  on Fifth  Avenue  and The  Cloisters ,  focus  on  medieval  and art throughout  the  ages ,  this  branch  focuses  mainly  on modern  and contemporary  art.

Like  the  Metropolitan  Museum  of  Art ,  the Breuer  is open  every  day .

You might  want  to  go  on Friday  or Saturday  because  the  museum  is  open  until  9pm .

Like  the  other  two  branches  of  the  Metropolitan ,  which  I’ll  talk  about  in another  post ,  the  Breuer  has a  suggested  price  of   $25 .

Notice  that  I  said  suggested  price .

You don’t  have  to  pay that  amount  if you don’t  choose  to .

If you  buy  your  ticket  at the  Met  on Fifth  Avenue ,  you  can  get  free admission  if you to the  Breuer  or the  Cloisters  on the same  day .

Just  remember  to  keep  your  ticket  from  the  Metropolitan  so you can  show  them  at the  cashier’s  desk when you  walk  in .

The  museum  has five  floors ,  but on the  day that  I  visited ,  only  two  floors  were  being  used  because  the exhibits  that were on the  fourth  and  fifth  floor  had ended  all ready .

Now let me  say that  I’m  not  the  biggest  fan  of  contemporary  art  and design ,  and I  wasn’t  exactly  impressed  with some of  the  exhibits  that I  saw  here .

I did ,  however ,  love one of the videos  from the exhibition  called ,  ”  The  Body  Politic  “, which sadly, is going  to  close the day before Labor  Day .

If you’re  a fan of Modern and Contemporary  Art  and Design ,  by all means ,  make  the Metropolitan  Museum  –  Breuer  a stop  on your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City .