Restaurant: Bill´s Bar & Burger

En dag gik jeg forbi Bill´s Bar & Burger omkring frokosttid, og der var fyldt med mennesker, og udefra så det hyggeligt ud. Så om aften tog jeg manden med hertil, og vi blev super overrasket over stedet.

For det er i flere etager, du kommer ind i gade niveau, også kan du gå ned at en stor trappe til underetagen.

(har her lånt lidt billeder fra Bill´s Bar & Bugers hjemmeside)

Betjeninger en venlig og helt nede på jorden, som passer rigtig godt til stedet.

Maden er gode og store burger, lige som man forventer en god burger skal være, (det er også muligt at få andet end burger).

Bill´s Bar & Burger ligger to steder i byen. Denne jeg besøgte ligger I Rockefeller Center, 16 west 51th street, og den anden ligger i Meatpacking District, 22 ninth Ave. at west 13th street.

(If you are looking for a good burger place, then you should try Bill’s bar andburger.)

Bar: Ciao Stella

En aften da vi gik rundt i West Village og Greenwich Village områderne, fandt vi en lille super hyggelig bar, som udefra ikke ser ud af meget – faktisk ser det meget kedelig ud udefra.

Men vi tog chancen alligevel, og det viste sig at være det mest hyggelig lille bar, men gamle sofaen og rustikke vægge.

Maden er ikke så meget at komme efter, men for at få en drink er stedet super hyggeligt.

Vi kom i snak med en af tjenerne, som anbefalede os et hidden bar i nærheden – den fortæller jeg om i et andet indlæg.

Ciao Stella ligger på adressen: 206 Sullivan St.

(We found a cozy bar on Sullivan St called Ciao Stella, may recommend to comehere for drinks.)

Snowshoeing in the Catskills

While New York City is known for its man-made attractions (yes, even Central Park!), mother nature in all her glory lies right outside the city limits, sometimes less than an hour’s drive from the city.

This time around we went snowshoeing in the Catskill Mountains, not far from Woodstock and West Point, about and hour and a half from the city. We joined a group organized by which specializes in active vacations, hikes and such. They provide the instruction and, of course, snowshoes. They also offer transportation from NYC as part of the package (because most New Yorkers don’t own cars), although we opted to drive there ourselves (because I’m not like most New Yorkers, and because there was no room left in the van for our entire group.)

Not knowing anything about snowshoeing, I thought we would be using something that looks like a big tennis racket that would allow us to float above beautiful sheets of virgin snow. That was not the case. The new generation of snow shoes are made of sturdy plastic with serrated edges for traction. You still sink into unpacked snow, but you can walk almost effortlessly within a groove packed by other snowshoe-ers. I was also surprised by the amount of noise – albeit pleasant noise – produced by the snowshoes.

Since it was a very cold day, around -5C, I started the trip wearing three layers of warm clothes. Ten minutes in, though, I was dying of heat. Lesson learned–allow enough room in your bagpack for whatever clothing you peel off. Also, you need to bring along lots of liquid and snacks, enough for five or six hours on the trail.

The difficulty of walking in the snow is about the same as an intense hike. After about an hour of moderate uphill trekking we reached the foot of the mountain, where it became really steep. That’s where the snowshoes’ serrations really helped. Once you apply enough pressure you don’t slip, and you can relatively easily climb paths that would be otherwise impossible to scale. Going down is much easier, and in many cases involves just sitting on your bottom and letting gravity work for you.

Next up–skiing in Vermont. Stay tuned.

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Riding in Central Park at 280 km/h

This time, a very personal post, something I’ve been working on for some time now: a clip of me riding through Central Park at 180 m.p.h (280 km/h). You will experience the entire 6 mile (9.6 km) loop in under two minutes, passing by landmarks like the Great Lawn, the Dakota Building, Columbus Square, the Museum Mile and the Belvedere Castle (not that you’ll see any of it at that speed)…

Warning: this video is not for the faint hearted… feel free to share and spread the word!

Intrepid museum

Intrepid – sea, air & space museum vil sikkert været et hit hos mændende som godt kan li´fart og store maskiner.

Intrepid er et hangarskib USS Intrepid som i dag udgør museum om militær historie og på dækket af skibet står i dag en masse fly.

Du kan også komme ind i selve hargarskibet, hvor du kan se hvordan de levede ombord på sådan et skib, og på Hangar Deck er der The Exploreum Hall, hvor du kan få indblik i hvordan det var at leve ombord på sådan et skib, historier skibet har været med i m.m. 

Ud over hangarskibet USS Intrepid har man også mulighed for at komme ned i ubåden USS Growler, komme op i en Concorde og se hvordan sådan et så ud.

Du kan læse mere om Intrepid på deres hjemmeside HER og på Wikipedia.

Billeder fra USS Intrepid

Billede af Concorden

Billeder fra USS Growler

Intrepid – sea, air & space museum  ligger på Hudson river, og ligger på Pier 84 på 46th street.

(Intrepid – Sea, Air & Space Museum will maybe be a hit with the men if the lige speed and large machines.
Intrepid is an aircraft carrier the USS Intrepid which is the present museum of military history and on the deck of the ship is now a lot of planes. In addition, it is also possible to come down in a submarine and into a concorde.)

Washington DC and Bethesda, MD

Many visitors to NYC also visit Washington DC. However, most (admittedly, including myself) never bother to visit Washington’s satellite towns, most notably Bethesda and Georgetown.

We stayed an entire weekend with friends who live on the outskirts of DC. Saturday morning the five of us – four adults and a two-year-old – mounted our bikes and took the beautiful Little Falls trail to downtown Bethesda. It has the charm of a small town, with no chain stores (except for a Barnes & Noble book store, but that’s ok) or chain restaurants in sight. There’s a little promenade area with outdoor restaurants, and lots of neighborhood-y stores, the kind of which you don’t find in NYC.

One exception, though – we came across an abnormally long line for a cupcake shop, which you’d expect in front of Magnolia bakery in the city. We found out that that bakery is featured in a bakery reality show (yes, there is such a thing) on the TLC channel.

Georgetown is a college town, which means that the crowd is younger, hipper and louder. More like the Village or SOHO in NYC.

Next morning we set our sites on DC. Again on our bikes, we rode about 8 km along the Potomac River to the National Mall – the park bounded by the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Museums and many other ‘nationals’, with the White House just a stone’s throw away. In the heart of the Mall is the Washington Memorial. The sight of the towering obelisk from the foot of the Capitol, reflected in the reflection pool, is astounding, no matter how many times you’ve visited.

The best way to get around DC, if you’re up to it, is by bike. Renting a car is a burden, since parking is very limited in the city center. There’s a double decker, hop-on, hop-off bus, which is very convenient, but you miss out on whatever’s between the tourist sites (and you might miss Sasha and Malia on the way home from school). There are many bike rental places around town, and the prices range from $15 a day to $25, depending on how close you are to the National Mall. You can take your bike on the Metro, if you’re staying in the outskirts of town. There are also guided bike tours of DC, which sounds like lots of fun.

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