For the trip to Toronto Pearson Airport paid a bit extra for limo service. I have had bad luck with airport taxis. On my last trip to Boston when returning home from Toronto Pearson Airport I had an airport taxi that stalled at each stop. And before that a driver that took me towards Hamilton instead of Toronto! Rosedale Livery Service arrived on time. Immaculate and modern Lincoln. Zipped to airport in 20 minutes for a 58-minute flight to LaGuardia. We hopped into a taxi that smelt like toilet bowl cleanser. Virtually crawled out of the deodorized taxi in an overly fumigated state to the Hemsley Windsor. Leona Helmsley a nasty piece of work. A very tired but large room but at $155 a night with continental breakfast included a good deal.
Unpacked and off to Central Park where son Andrew climbed a few of the rock formations you’ll find in Central Park. After that walked along The Mall which is a broad tree lined path with statutes of famous authors such as Robbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Then to the “lake” with swans and ducks and a restaurant nearby for greasy clam chowder and some anemic fries. Walked to the Cooper Hewitt Museum to see an Alexander Girard exhibit. Girard had a great influence on American modernism. He designed tiles and had a big influence on American architecture. So much walking and poor Andrew ended up limping the last 10 blocks home. All of us had a nap for two hours. New York is a walking city! I walked up the street on West 58th and ordered a pizza at Ray’s for dinner. Ordered large pizza one half cheese and the other ½ mushrooms. Watched “Joan of Arc: The Messenger” and crashed out.