is another in a series of travelogues I’ve written
after our various trips for the purpose of boring our
friends to death with details about our vacation. The
upside is, this saves you the agony of listening to
us go on and on in person. If this description isn’t
enough for you we do have a few hundred photos we would
be happy to show you (some we can actually e-mail because
I’m getting better with my new Digital Camera).
We do hope that if you ever take a similar trip this
may be helpful to you in planning.
ITINERARY This trip began with a couple of days in Montreal,
then, we boarded the Crystal Symphony for stops at Quebec
City, Sydney and Halifax Nova Scotia, Bar Harbor, Maine,
Boston, Newport, Rhode Island and New York City where
we disembarked and stayed for 4 days before flying home
– a total of 19 days.
COLORS This itinerary is designed for those who wish
to watch leaves turn various colors. Unfortunately,
Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. Except for a few
isolated trees in Quebec and Maine, the only “Fall
Color” we saw was green. (Hence the title for
this piece). But, when you think about it, green is
good when, like us, you’re used to seeing nothing
but brown or blackened hillsides every fall.
asked a number of experts to offer reasons for the trees
failure to turn. One expert, a cab driver, told us it
was too early (we left home on September 13th, Patricia’s
Birthday). A second expert, a street artist, told us
it was still too warm (it was indeed balmy for most
of the trip) and finally, an expert who lives in New
York told us it had rained too much over the summer.
They are probably all correct.
CARRIERS Like all United’s “Mileage Plus”
Frequent Flyers we worry about the Airline’s bankruptcy.
What about all those miles we’ve accumulated?
Will we lose them? Will United merge with an airline
we don’t like? Life for United Frequent Flyers
is full of uncertainty.
we chose to use up a big chunk of our miles to travel
First Class from LA to Montreal and from New York back
home. Because there was no United direct flight to Montreal
we routed through Pittsburgh on USAir (United’s
“travel partner,” whatever that means).
If any of you are worried about service aboard a bankrupt
airline, don’t be. All flights were on time, the
food was decent in First Class and all the Airline personnel
were friendly, efficient and went out of their way for
our comfort. Plus, none of the flights were full, so
we had lots of elbowroom.
CANADA We have several observations about Canada based
on the week we spent in Quebec and Nova Scotia. Our
opinions are also formed through more than 15 years
of travel in Canada to participate in workshops during
the mid-80’s and the 90’s.
BUREAUCRACY Everyone, or at least NEARLY everyone we
encountered in Canada was charming, helpful, friendly
and apologetic for the stance taken by their government
on the Iraq war. The only exception were employees of
the Canadian Immigration Service at the airport in Montreal.
Like most major international airports, flights seem
all to arrive at once. There were probably 1,000 passengers
trying to get to six immigration agents. They did not
use ropes to make lines orderly so what appeared to
be several different lines actually funneled into one
Agent’s stall. It took us an hour and 15 minutes
to make it from the back of the line to the front. When
we finally reached the booth the agent was surly and
rude. I guess we fit their “Terrorist Profile.”
you can possibly avoid the Montreal airport, we’d
CANADIAN SAFETY NET Canada is far more Socialistic than
the United States. Taxes are oppressive. The Income
Tax rate for middle income taxpayers is 50% and the
sales tax is 15%. Canada’s unemployment rate is
much higher than the US. No doubt generous unemployment
and public assistance payments exacerbate the problem.
Cab driver told us, “Half of us work to support
the other half who are too lazy to get up in the morning.”
He told us that the unemployment benefit is $320 Canadian
a week, about $8 an hour, just below the minimum wage.
tour guide in Sydney, Nova Scotia showed us the site
of a steel mill that was at one time the largest in
the Western Hemisphere. The plant closed in the 1970s
and no major employer has been enticed to replace those
jobs. Our guide blamed the closing on “Corporate
Greed.” He was surprised when I suggested that
perhaps outrageously high tax rates on businesses chase
potential employers to Ireland and other low tax, business
friendly environments. It had never occurred to him.
ownership is encouraged through the Social Security
System. One can borrow up to $20,000 Canadian from his
“ pension” (meaning the social security
system) for the down payment on a house. That loan must
be repaid at $2,000 per year, but there is no interest
start at 65 and the mandatory retirement age for all
working people is 70.
CANADIAN HEALTH PLAN Canada’s highly touted health
plan is nearly bankrupt. I actually saw an infomercial
on the Canadian News Channel offering health insurance
to cover all the things the Health Plan doesn’t
cover. That‘s a first. You’ll remember Canada
has a “Single Payer” system. Naturally the
government is the single payer. Theoretically under
such a system, you would never need supplemental insurance.
Hospitals are expected to raise all of their capital
and a portion of their operating budgets through local
fundraising. This means full employment for fundraisers,
but it also represents a form of “Double Taxation”
on Canadian citizens.
While Canada is officially “Bilingual,”
you’d never know it in Quebec. While all nine
English speaking provinces have street signs in both
English and French, Quebec is “French Only.”
While everyone seems to speak English, all street signs
and official postings are only in French.
French Quebec’s quest to be separate from the
rest of Canada has received much press in the United
States. Less well known is that the Quebecois Party
(the separatists) was defeated in the last election.
Our tour guide told us there’s now little chance
the issue will come up again, particularly since the
citizens of Quebec learned that if they “separated”
they would have to take their share of the National
Debt with them.
We arrived in Montreal on a Saturday. We expected cool
weather, but it was a very humid 80 degrees. Naturally
we had all the wrong clothes.
are 3.2 Million people in Montreal and suburbs. Quebec
has about one-third of the total population of Canada.
Another third lives in neighboring Ontario which means
that the two Provinces could pretty much dominate Canadian
politics. The final third of Canadians live in the other
eight Provinces stretching across seven time zones from
the Yukon Territory to Newfoundland. Happily for them
Quebec and Ontario seldom agree on anything, so the
less populated Provinces continue to have Political
Hotel in Montreal arranged, as part of the package with
the Crystal Cruise Lines was the Ritz Carlton. As you
might expect, it was beautiful and the service superb.
It’s located just a few blocks from McGill University
and is very convenient for shopping and site seeing.
Since we had a limited time in Montreal, we decided
to start in “Old Town.”
there was a challenge because it was the day of the
Annual Montreal Marathon. There was a Bicycle Division
and a Wheel Chair Division in addition to the runners,
so it lasted the better part of a day, snarling traffic
and inflaming the tempers of cab drivers. The following
week had been declared “auto free,” so no
cars at all would be allowed in Montreal. I’m
glad we left town before that happened.
in Montreal were open from 12 to 5 PM on Sunday. In
other Canadian cities we’ve visited most businesses
are closed on Sunday.
Old Town we visited the “Basilique de Notre Dame
de Montreal,” the Cathedral said to be the most
beautiful in the Western Hemisphere. We certainly wouldn’t
argue with that. We’d urge you to go see it when
you are there. Mass was underway when we arrived, so
we stayed and listened even though only French and Latin
were being spoken. It was a very moving experience.
Town has many old buildings to visit, shops in which
to browse and restaurants to savor. Montreal’s
Tourist Bureau claims the “Best Food in North
America.” We’d vote for New York, but Montreal
is certainly in the top five.
evening we went to “L’Autre Saison”
for an outstanding dinner. It is located on an upscale
shopping street, Rue Crescent, near the hotel. By the
time we got there, the shops were closed, but it’s
a place we’ll visit during the day on our next
FINAL NOTE ON MONTREAL One thing that really surprised
us is that Montreal is much like San Francisco. Street
people, all aggressively panhandling, are everywhere
and, the streets were littered with garbage everywhere
we went. We thought it might be a Provincial problem,
but when we got to Quebec City we found exactly the
opposite: immaculate streets and few “Homeless.”
LAURENTIDES On Monday we took a Bus tour of a winter
and summer resort area about 60 miles northwest of Montreal
called the Laurentides. The area is very beautiful,
but obviously would have been more so if the trees had
been in the process of “turning.” We had
lunch at the Hotel Le Chantecler at Ste. Adele and it
was here we made our first new friends, Dick and Marge
Jardeen of Seattle who were with a tour group called
“Jazzdagen.” More about the Jazz later.
CRYSTAL SYMPHONY After our Laurentides tour we boarded
the ship. Since we had been on her sister ship the Crystal
Harmony earlier in the year we knew pretty much what
to expect – a first class experience. Everything
about the Crystal ships is top notch. The food, the
accommodations, the crew, the entertainment were all
superb. The Staterooms on Symphony are larger than on
the Harmony and particularly the bathrooms are much
more spacious. I went into some detail about the ship
in my last travelogue on our trip to Mexico earlier
this year, so I won’t bore you with more details
here. We recommend both ships without reservation.
Each Crystal Cruise has a theme, this one happened to
be Jazz. In addition to the regular entertainment, they
invited two Jazz groups onto the ship who played every
A big band Jazz Group, led by Bill Allred, played all
the old big band standards including Stan Kenton, Duke
Ellington and Benny Goodman. Jeff Barnhart a Jazz singer/pianist
(occasionally joined by his wife, a jazz flutist) played
Progressive Jazz, Ragtime, Dixieland and the Blues.
It turned out that Jeff was also a Rotarian, a member
of the Rotary Club of New London, Connecticut. We bought
several of his CDs.
tour group “Jazzdagen” is sponsored by a
travel agent from Southern California who books Jazz
groups onto ships and then arranges for group discounts
for Jazz aficionados. In addition to ocean going Cruise
ships they also do Mississippi River Boat excursions.
I can put you in touch with them if you’re interested.
FRIENDS We began making new friends as soon as we boarded
the ship. Our cabin neighbors were Peter and Judy Friedman
from Boynton Beach, Florida. Peter is a travel agent
who had a group on board. The coincidence was that on
our last trip our neighbors had been Gregg and Laura
Freedman of Sierra Madre.
sat at a table of 8 for dinner. By the second night
we were all fast friends. The group included Art and
Martha Danielian of Irvine and Bob and Barbara Yeager
of Portland. We’re planning a reunion after the
first of the year.
CITY: Our favorite port was Quebec. We were there two
days and started by taking a city tour to see what we’d
like to come back and explore. We visited the “Plains
of Abraham” where a famous battle between the
English and the French was fought. I had always thought
the “Plains of Abraham” was some sort of
Biblical reference, but our guide explained that a farmer
named Abraham “Something-or-other” grazed
his cattle there in 17th Century Quebec.
is the only fortified city in the Western Hemisphere,
with gun emplacements manned by Canadian soldiers pointing
out over the St. Lawrence. American tourists commonly
think the greatest potential threat to Canada is from
overseas, as with the United States, but the guns aren’t
pointing east toward Europe. They’re aimed South
toward the United States. Every invasion of French Canada
by the British did not come from the sea, but by land
from the south, most often with American help.
current fortifications were built in 1840 because of
threats made by Americans. Lucky for Canadians, American
attention was diverted to Mexico a few years later.
great landmark of Quebec is the Chateau du Frontenac,
now a first class hotel. It dominates what is known
as the “Upper Town” and it is surrounded
by historic sites to see and explore – shopping,
too. Here we visited the oldest church in North America,
the Basilique de Notre Dame built in 1618. From here
you can take a funicular to the “Old Town,”
at the foot of the steep hill, cite of the first settlement.
It is now restored and is a great place to browse. If
you want to walk either down or up the hill there is
a set of stairs called the “Breakneck Steps.”
You’ll see many tourists coming down the steps,
but few going up.
Old Town we ate in a charming restaurant, “Le
Marie Clarisse.” Maple Syrup is one of the great
local products (Vermont is just a few miles to the south),
you’ll find many unique uses of it in your food.
For lunch, I had a lobster salad with maple dressing
and “Maple Vegetable Soup.” It was surprisingly
TO NOVA SCOTIA We spent two days at sea (and “at
river” since much of that time we were on the
St. Lawrence) and then two days in Nova Scotia, first
in Sydney and then in Halifax. “Nova Scotia”
which means New Scotland was first settled in the 17th
not much to see in Sydney, except the aforementioned
abandoned steel plant. There is a “Colonial Williamsburg”
style fort where locals dress in ancient dress and act
out the part of colonists. Those who saw it enjoyed
it. We elected to rent a car and driver.
negotiated with a taxi driver to take us around and
he readily agreed. He turned out to be an amateur Astrologer.
your birthday,” he asked as we got in the car.
Patricia responded for both of us.
been married for many years,” he said.
6 ½,” I responded.
retired,” he tried again.
I’m still working full time,” I replied.
self employed,” he tried one more time.
I work for a large Health System,”
he said immediately. “So, you’re a doctor”
he now thought he was on the right track.
I’m a fundraiser,” I said. After which,
he stopped offering predictions. This may explain why
he’s still driving a cab in Nova Scotia, it was
obvious his psychic skills needed honing.
I would be interested he took us to see the local hospital,
which was unremarkable. If you’ve seen one you’ve
seen them all.
he showed us the aforementioned abandoned steel plant
and asked if we’d like to see “North Sydney.”
minutes later we arrived in North Sydney, which bore
a great resemblance to Sydney. Our first stop was the
hospital. He was nothing if not attentive to my interests.
Then he took us to a bluff from which we had a terrific
view of the abandoned steel plant in Sydney.
can’t say Sydney was our favorite port, but we
did see a really wonderful Celtic music and dance show
after our “tour” concluded. We enjoyed it
Halifax we took the “Walking tour of Historic
Halifax,” which included a stroll through their
Victorian Garden and a tour of the “Citadel,”
a fortress built in 1810 for protection from us during
what Canadians call the “Anglo American War”
known to us as the “War of 1812.” The guns
in the Citidel have never been fired. We also went to
the Parliament Building which the locals boast is the
“oldest and smallest in Canada.”
was the “Ellis Island” of Canada, being
the port through which all aspiring immigrants came.
Many simply stayed in Nova Scotia making it “the
most ethnically diverse of all Provinces.” There
are about 140,000 people in Halifax which holds about
half the population of the Province. One final factoid,
Halifax has the 2nd largest natural harbor in the world.
Only Sydney Harbor in Australia is larger.
While we were in Nova Scotia Hurricane Isabelle was
striking the coast of Virginia. A week later when we
were safely settled in New York another hurricane struck
Halifax (a very rare occurrence). We were definitely
followed by good fortune on this trip.
LAST THE GOOD OLD U.S.A. Our next port was Bar Harbor,
Maine. Before being allowed to disembark, as always
when you enter U.S. waters, Immigration Agents came
on board to review our passports. Before 9/11 this was
a pretty perfunctory exercise. The agents would smile
at you and chat with each other while they stamped your
passport, then would be treated to lunch in the Captain’s
anymore. Now they are very serious as they grill you
and minutely study your passport. Never mind that you
don’t fit the terrorist profile. They were just
as surly and rude as the Canadian agents had been. One
of our friends said, “If this was the Mexican
border they’d be waving us in.” Too true.
have a theory that Immigration Agents of all nationalities
have, since 9-11, become paranoid and very sensitive
to the criticism directed at them. Maybe they’re
afraid if they aren’t surly and rude we won’t
think they’re very serious about catching bad
HABAH First let me say emphatically that during the
entire day we were in Maine we never heard anyone refer
to the place as “Bah Habah.” Bar Harbor,
located on “Mt. Desert Island” in Acadia
National Park, has about 6,000 permanent residents.
tour guide in Bar Harbor, was a transplanted southerner
named Tom who was a regular encyclopedia of his adopted
state. He told us that Bar Harbor was developed by John
D. Rockefeller Jr. and is still a favorite hangout for
Rockefeller family members.
we passed a cove full of lobster traps he pointed out
that each lobsterman has a different color buoy marking
the location of his trap. Family feuds have lasted for
generations because a lobsterman was caught raiding
the wrong color trap. Tom explained a “harvested”
lobster must have claws between 3 ½ and 5 inches
or it will be thrown back. Smaller ones are not mature
and larger ones are “breeding stock.” He
also told us lobster pots are checked often because,
“lobsters are cannibals and if you leave them
unattended too long you’ll likely find 3 empty
shells and one well fed lobster.”
final thing of interest, to us anyway: Most of the island
is covered with pine forest. Tom told us that in 1947
there was a fire that burned “a third of the island
down to the granite.” There had never been much
wildlife on the island because he said “only woodpeckers
and squirrels thrive in a pine forest.” After
the fire “shoots began to come up through the
rock” The first plants to sprout were blueberries,
which are, he told us, stimulated by fire. Ash and Birch
trees began to grow and soon wildlife such as Beaver
and Moose came to the new forest. There were pine sprouts
too, but it takes them much longer to grow. Of course
it is the Ash and Birch trees that “turn”
in the fall and provide the beautiful colors we had
hoped to see.
said it will be a hundred years before the pines reach
their full height, at which time the ash and birch trees
will begin to die for lack of sunlight and the wildlife
will go away again. Some on the island would like to
cut down the pine trees to keep the forest for colorful
ash and birch trees. Because it’s a National Park,
environmental legislation prevents cutting the pines
so; ultimately, the beautiful birch and ash trees will
be choked out. So much for “old growth forests.”
end of our tour was “an Old Fashioned Lobster
Bake.” We looked forward to it eagerly, primarily
because we were hungry, but it sounded as if we were
in for a real treat. Neither Patricia nor I had ever
been to a “Lobster Bake”, and I’m
not really sure what we expected. I guess we thought
it would look something like Lobster Newburg. What we
got was a whole lobster – head, eyes and all –
and the utensils consisted of a nutcracker and a pick.
We did our best, but agreed we should have opted for
a Lobster Salad.
Our next port was Boston, a city for which we have great
affection. We often visited our friends Jack and Mary
Donovan in Marblehead and this was our first visit since
Jack died tragically of cancer a few years ago. We had
hoped to have lunch with Mary while there, but, at the
last minute a friend had a medical emergency and she
wasn’t able to come.
ago Patricia and I came to Boston to visit Jack and
Mary. They took us to “The Black Rose,”
an Irish Pub near the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. At night
the pub is a “Real Irish” pub, populated
almost entirely by young Irish immigrants. It rocks
with Celtic music and good cheer. I remember when we
arrived at the Black Rose there were no parking spots,
so Jack parked in a “No Parking” zone. The
problem was a Policeman was standing there watching
you get a ticket?” I asked Jack. “Nah,”
he said, “there’s no place else to park.”
We smiled pleasantly at the Policeman who smiled back.
Jack didn’t get a ticket either.
Jack once told me that the traffic laws in Massachusetts
are really only “suggestions.”
time in Boston we did some shopping, adding many frequent
flier miles to our account via our Mileage Plus Visa
Cards. Then we went to the Black Rose for lunch to renew
our memories of that time with Jack and Mary. The lunchtime
crowd is more of the “business suit” type,
but the staff is still right off the boat from the “Old
I had the best corned beef sandwich I’ve ever
eaten. Try it next time you’re in Boston.
Next port, Newport Rhode Island. Here we were met by
our friends George and Tina Skovran who live in nearby
Charlestown, at least they live there in the summertime.
In winter they can be found in their motor home somewhere
of the things one must do in Newport is visit one of
the mansions previously owned by a “Giant”
of the late 19th century industry. Now the properties
mostly belong to the Newport Conservancy which has restored
the homes and manages their care. Tours are available
which helps pay for the upkeep. We went to “The
Breakers,” a beautiful 70 room,138,000 sq. ft.
“Summer Cottage” built by Cornelius Vanderbilt
of the Railroad baron, the junior Mr. Vanderbilt never
spent a night in the place. It was occupied by his niece,
Gladys and a staff of 40, in the summer anyway. In the
winter the Vanderbilts could be found in their 150 room
estate at Hyde Park.
touring the Breakers, George and Tina took us to their
home, on the water in Charlestown, for lunch and a lot
of good conversation.
BIG APPLE After a day at sea we sailed into New York
Harbor. Unfortunately, we arrived at 5:30 AM so we had
to get up in the middle of the night to experience the
sail past the Statue of Liberty. It was a thrilling
site and I’m glad we did it. However, I’m
told if you take the cruise on a reverse course from
New York to Montreal you’ll pass the Great Lady
at a more respectable hour.
and I love New York. We spent 4 days there and it’s
nowhere near enough time.
As usual we stayed at the Waldorf. This trip we took
the “Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island” cruise
and visited Ground Zero. We also toured Radio City Music
Hall. We’ve been there several times for the Rockettes
Christmas show, but I’d never taken the tour.
It is the largest such venue in the country and it’s
fascinating to see the inner workings. We also met a
real Rockette, Debbie.
in her Rockette costume Debbie circulated among the
tourists, allowed us to have our picture taken with
her and asked if we had any questions. One tourist asked,
“How old is the youngest Rockette?”
old is the oldest Rockette?” persisted the tourist
she said without a moment’s hesitation.
the Radio City Music Hall tour when you’re in
New York, you’ll love it.
previous travelogues we’ve covered some of the
things we like to do and places we like to eat, so I’ll
only give you a few highlights.
was miserable during our entire visit because it was
United Nations week. New Yorkers hate the United Nations.
Diplomats park wherever they want, stop traffic when
they feel like it and generally treat New Yorkers like
dirt. New Yorkers are all convinced their taxes could
be cut in half just by collecting the U.N.’s outstanding
of the things we hadn’t done on previous trips
was visit Patricia’s childhood neighborhood in
Brooklyn, so, we hired a driver on a rainy day to take
us there. We weren’t able to find the brownstone
she lived in near the corner of 55th St. and 5th Ave.
but, we did find her Catholic school and the Church
in which she was Baptized, Our Lady of Perpetual Help
at 59th and 5th. It was particularly meaningful to us
because her Grandfather, CEO of Mahoney and Sons Construction,
built the Basilica during the
months before we were scheduled to be there we bought
tickets for “Gypsy” on Broadway because
we wanted to see Bernadette Peters perform. We worried
right up until we arrived at the theater that we’d
find a little printed piece of paper in the program
announcing that “Tonight, the part of Mamma Rose
will be played by Jane Smith.” But, it wasn’t
so. The usher told us that Ms. Peters has not missed
a single performance in nearly a year – 8 performances
a week. She was spectacular. It was the only time in
my life I have ever seen a performer in a musical receive
a standing ovation before the end of the show. They
had to stop the entire show for about 5 minutes until
quiet was restored. We loved it and recommend the show
to you if you’re going to be in New York.
PARK After we went to Ellis Island we strolled through
Battery Park, where the cruise begins and ends. We discovered
a shrine where the Bronze sculpture that formerly graced
the Twin Towers courtyard has been moved. In 2000 we
came to New York for Christmas and visited the “Top
of the World” Restaurant in the World Trade Center
for lunch. While strolling around the lobby we had seen
this sculpture, a large bronze globe. Now it is badly
dented and cracked and sits in a special spot in Battery
Park. Around the globe a small shrine has developed
– flowers, photos, and notes written by loved
ones of the people who were murdered that day. Very,
IN NEW YORK As mentioned earlier, we think New York
food is the greatest. Here are some of the places we
MARTIN A Spanish (not Mexican) restaurant on 49th between
Lexington and 3rd Avenue where we traditionally have
our first dinner upon arriving in New York. We’re
We went to our favorite Italian Restaurant, Giambelli’s,
with our new friends the Danielians, who were also staying
over for a few days in New York. When you arrive at
Giambelli’s you’ll notice an elderly gentleman
seated in a booth at the very back. This is Mr. Giambelli
himself, age 88, who makes the rounds of the customer’s
tables to make sure the food is exceptional, which it
always is. When he visited our table we told him how
much we enjoyed his restaurant. He ordered a “Grappa”
for us and sat with us for almost an hour. He gave us
a picture of himself with the Pope and told us that
the Pontiff had eaten at Giambelli’s when visiting
New York. No need to wonder who picked up that check.
He has operated this restaurant on 50th street across
from St. Patrick’s Cathedral for 50 years and
lives in an apartment upstairs. His 60 employees are
his family and he told us that after 9-11 he kept all
of them on full time, even though there was little business.
No wonder they are so loyal.
CAFÉ The best view of Manhattan’s skyline
is at the River Café at the foot of the Brooklyn
Bridge in Brooklyn. After dinner at Giambelli’s,
Art, Martha, Patricia and I took a cab there. If you
have been there, you know it’s one of the most
expensive restaurants in New York, but, worth it. You
have to call a month in advance for a reservation, which
we hadn’t done this time. We called to see if
they had a cancellation and learned they have a room
especially for those who only want to enjoy the view
and have coffee and dessert. They call it the “Cas”
room, as in “Casual” and no reservation
is required. We loved it. Check it out.
On 51st between 2nd and 3rd Avenues this neighborhood
French Restaurant has become one of our “Hang
Outs.” We went to dinner there with our new friends
the Yeagers who were also staying over and as always
had an outstanding meal.
HOUSE RESTAURANT The Lever Brothers Building at 53rd
and Park is home to the “Lever House Restaurant.”
We found recommendations for it in various publications,
so we made reservations for dinner. The food was great,
but it was the service that stood out. We recommend
This is the restaurant at the Waldorf. For breakfast,
lunch or dinner, it is among the best. There may be
a line waiting to get in, particularly in the morning,
but, it moves quickly, the service is good and the food
far superior to the ordinary hotel restaurant.
YORK PIZZA I don't know why pizza in New York is so
much better than anywhere else, except perhaps Chicago
– which is a different product, of course, thick
crust versus thin. Pop into any of the neighborhood
"hole in the wall" Pizza joints you'll find
nearly everywhere in Manhattan and you won't be disappointed.
FINAL NOTE: This was a great vacation. We recommend
you try it, but, don't be disappointed if the only color
you see is green.