From the Top

18 Jun

Manhattan from the Empire State Building Observatory

(New York City, June 17, 2012) Jim and Pauline Parker are Road Scholar ambassadors, and decided that, instead of renting a beach house for their family vacation, they’d charter the Signature City New York program for themselves, their three children and spouses, their six grandchildren, and a family friend. After arriving from various places around the country, we met in Manhattan and headed to the Empire State Building for a spectacular view of Manhattan. The world’s most famous island did not disappoint. A nearly cloudless sky greeted us, and we had a great time reconnecting with old views and introducing new ones to the kids.

Jim Parker makes sure we all have tickets for the elevator.

New York is a walking city, and not just for the Parker family. We shared the sidewalks with thousands of people, some tourists like ourselves, others enjoying a hometown early summer evening. Ours included Chinese food, and some final stops for coffee, cake, or, everyone’s favorite: ice cream.

Shannon Baker, Emily Parker, and Leah Baker catch up with each other in Manhattan.

We share stories, like why Jim and Pauline’s son-in-law is named Zeke – their daughter Stephanie introduced him to them as Zeke when she first brought him home from college – and talked about the other Road Scholar programs many of us have taken over the years. And the kids caught up with their cousins as only they can do, enjoying each other at least as much as the city.

You can meet some interesting people in Times Square.

All in all, it was a great way to spend the last Sunday of spring in the greatest city in the world. Tomorrow we’ll ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and then on to the Brooklyn Bridge and other landmarks in lower Manhattan. Who said they don’t like Mondays?




The lights of Broadway bid us a fond good night on Father’s Day.


One Response to “From the Top”

  1. Pat Cobb June 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Tom, I LOVE this newest blog from your New York Trip and the pictures are great too!

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