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Sunday, May 11, 2008

NYC for a Day

I LAUGHED OUT loud when I saw the headline "A Day in New York" [May 4]. I just did that a month ago with my 84-year-old mother.

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My mother, living in Florida, had wistfully remarked that she probably wouldn't get to New York City again, where she had lived as a young woman. So when she came for a visit, my sister and I planned the trip, taking Vamoose bus up and the train back.

In NYC, we walked to St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Plaza, and went up to the Top of the Rock. The next day, we had a great deli breakfast, then caught the double-decker Gray Line tour bus (remember the 84-year-old). Mom loved it and couldn't have seen so much of the city any other way.

We all have great memories of our whirlwind trip.

Molly Griffin

Derwood

IRONICALLY, I MISSED reading "A Day in New York" because we were already experiencing one of the best day trips in that city: the Annual "Five Boro Bike Ride."

For the event, 30,000 bicyclists ride 42 miles through all five boroughs of New York. In addition, you get to ride over a number of bridges, including the Queensboro and the Verrazano-Narrows, stopping to sightsee if you choose. Afterward, you can enjoy the festivities on Staten Island before riding the free ferry back to Manhattan.

This day trip would have been a notable addition to the tours described.

Hugh O. Stevenson

Washington

Your Verona

VERONA'S REMARKABLY intact 1st-century A.D. Roman Arena hosts popular music shows ["My Verona," May 4]. I saw Neil Young's outstanding performance there 25 years ago, and he'll be back on June 23. Other performers this summer include R.E.M. and Björk. (For more info, see http://www.eventiverona.it and http://www.musicclub.it.) The memory of sandwich hawkers shouting "Panino! Panino!" still brings a smile.


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