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11/4/2013 12:54:00 PM
Publisher's Column Weekend getaway took us to New York City

It is late Sunday afternoon. We just got back from attending a wedding in New York City. We left Friday morning and got back late afternoon on Sunday, so we didn't have time to see much of the city but have to admit it is a pretty impressive place.

The wedding took place in Grace Church in Manhattan, a beautiful French Gothic Revival building that looks out of place among the office buildings surrounding it. The church was organized in 1808 and the foundation of the building started in 1843. It was completed in 1846, built of marble block with a wooden steeple, which was replaced in 1881 with a marble steeple. It has exquisite stained glass windows on three sides of the sanctuary and still has box pews, which were common in colonial times. All together a very impressive setting.

We walked to the church from our hotel and passed through a farmers' market in Union Square. Wow! There was just about anything one might want to eat. One of the vendors had red radishes two inches or more in diameter stacked on the corner of a table more than a foot deep and more than a foot square with the tops in the center, flat-sided on both sides exposed to the market. It had to take some skill and patience to put that sculpture together. Another vendor had all kinds of fresh fish and other fresh seafood. The variety of aromas was wonderful.

There were a lot of sidewalk vendors offering a wide variety of merchandise. I wasn't surprised by food vendors or by those selling jewelry, but I have to admit I being surprised to see a vendor offering bedsheets. He had quite a selection of colors and sizes for any bed, but who impulse buys bed sheets?

Saturday morning, I got up early and went out looking for a newspaper. I thought I would find one in the hotel lobby, but no luck there or at any other hotels in the area. I covered five blocks on both sides of the street before finding one in a small store specializing in fresh makings for salads. On the way back to the hotel I passed a display of fresh fruit in front of a small store and picked up red raspberries and blackberries for our breakfast. I passed a store that specialized in fresh, live Maine lobster-if we ever go back to the area I will bring a big pot and a hot plate.

We had lunch at a real French restaurant with sidewalk dining. I say real because the menu was in French, the portions were small and the prices weren't. We were able to figure out an order with the aid of the staff, who may well have been from France. The food was excellent, as was the weather, so we really enjoyed the experience.

We flew out of Rochester as the tickets were cheaper than Minneapolis and the process of parking and passing through security much easier. All in all a pleasant weekend.

Larry Dobson

Claremont Service

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