It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.–Agatha Christie

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  1. lime says:

    wow, what a sweet way to end the east coast tour. so glad the bloggy meet up was such an affirming one. great hospitality there. and i am so glad you made it to ellis island…but….pssst…the girl does know it’s a museum right? ah, but i totally get her need to see it. it was top of my list of things to see in the metro area and i think it’s just one of those things every american should see if they get anywhere near the place.

  2. How wonderful–you’ve given your kids two trips of a lifetime and they’re not even in high school yet!

  3. kmkat says:

    Bloggers — it’s enough to restore at least part of one’s faith in the humanity of people.

    Manhattan is exhilarating and fascinating… and exhausting. I have been there (counts on fingers) nine times, but now that Elder Son is done with his eight years of schooling there I may never get back.

  4. Friko says:

    A summer to remember. How are you going to top this year’s highlights next year?

    You are right, there are some wonderful bloggers out there who are also wonderful people. I met up with one from just outside NYC in July and we had an instant rapport, much as if we’d been friends for years. Often, when I feel I’ve done enough blogging now and should get on with some more profitable writing (not in money terms), it is those bloggers with whom I have become friendly and close over the last few years who help me to convince myself that I should carry on for just a bit longer and that it would be sad to lose them.

  5. ds says:

    Wonderful, wonderful trip. You are purely spoiling those children of yours: a year in Turkey, this excursion…you mean you want them to grow up with open minds/hearts, and broad focus ; ) I’m with Friko, how are you going to top this year’s stuff next summer?

    Someday I will visit Ellis Island. Thank you for reminding me that there is a vast difference between mere “tourism” and exploration. You are a family of explorers.

    And bloggers are among the most generous folks anywhere.

  6. Jess says:

    Someday you will come and visit my family (or vice versa) on a road trip stop and we will all sqoze in together and eat ice cream and braid each other’s hair. I look forward to that day.

    I’m so glad you visited Westerly, it’s one of my favorite of the little seaside towns in RI because they have Shakespeare in the Park and that was the happy scene of me in my twenties dragging many non-literary friends to their first (possibly only) encounter with live Shakespeare, and while most of them were dragged howling and protesting to the park not one of them claimed to regret it afterwards. I count that as a win for the bard.

  7. Lil says:

    What a cool road trip. I’d love to spend weeks and weeks on the road. Can’t believe I’ve spent only an afternoon in New York…

  8. magpie says:

    sounds like you had a marvelous trip.

    i once worked at a little museum on upper fifth. my friend sandy and i would go out and get lunch, and eat it along the park somewhere. and there were always those double decker buses going by. one day sandy told me that she always wanted to take off her shirt and flash her boobs at the top deck; i think of her every time i see one of those buses.

  9. Monica says:

    what a great vacation – such a great idea to spend some time exploring your own country after the European Escape last year! 2 years ago I was in New York for a week, mostly work related, but also a little bit of sightseeing. Was on top of the Rockefeller taking pics of the Central Park, and were out sailing the Hudson, in the dark, and it was pouring… Anyhow, hope do do it again sometime, with my family on vacation. Then we will definitely use those busses!

    Can’t wait until you finally decide to come visis Denmark again – you must for sure stay with us!!


  10. What a trip! What a time!
    I bet it was grand and sad at the same time to end it, though.
    You simply cannot explain NYC to people, you just have to go experience it to truly appreciate that city.

  11. chlost says:

    Loved to hear of this trip. It is the sort of trip that makes me love this country, the people-especially bloggers (each one that I have met have been instant friends, including someone who stayed with us for a couple of nights)-and the history. We did the double-deckers in Paris, and loved it. We had only a day, and never would have seen nearly as much any other way. Now the next time I am there, I can skip all of the touristy things and just go right into the heart of it all.
    Your kids are wonderful, I love that Allegra spent so much time reading that brochure, and that she asked to visit Ellis Island, and that she picked up on all of the assassinations in our country. She is going to be running this world someday, I think. We’ll all be better for it.
    Road trips are wonderful and so is the return to home. Welcome home to Minnesota!

  12. pam says:

    Great post Jocelyn – loved every word (and picture) of it. There is always something to learn. Feel I’m having a bit of much-needed ‘time out’ lately, but have enjoyed seeing these sights vicariously through you – thanks!

  13. VioletSky says:

    I love NYC. and now you have just made me long to go back.
    My first visit was in winter and I was still blown away by Central Park.
    If you ever make it up this side of the border….

  14. christopher says:

    You all display great stamina…as you made the most of your vacation.

    Glad you enjoyed New York. I do as well…but I headed out to a small strip of beach on Cape Cod in August to mostly chill and temporarily leave the city life behind.

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