Out of Fluvanna – a Travel Column

If you only had 48 hours in New York City, what sights would you cram in? That’s what we had to decide when we returned to the Big Apple for the first time in 15 years. As I detailed in my last article, we spent the first day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, while throwing in quick visits to Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Grand Central Terminal.

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My husband is a native Long Islander, and though I was a dyed-in-the-wool southern California gal, I left everything I knew and moved to New York when we got married. (Family and friends mirthfully joked at the wedding, “Wow, you must really love him!”) Luckily, after five years of living in Queens and working in Manhattan, we “escaped” and moved out of state. It would be 15 years before we would venture back to New York City again.

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It’s that time of year, and if you’re like millions of Americans, you’ll be hopping on a plane this summer. Fares have increased by at least 14% this year, and by the time you’ve paid for your ticket you may be feeling cash poor.

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“Stranded” is the best word I can think of for how I initially felt when I had to spend all day in a noisy high school in sleepy Crozet thanks to a Destination Imagination (DI) competition awhile back with my kids. “It’s gonna be a long day,” I grumbled, preparing to hunker down and read every square inch of my Wall Street Journal to pass the time.

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“Love-- exciting and new. Come aboard…we’re expecting you.” Do those words ring a bell? If you’re over a certain age, they do. The theme song from the hit 80’s TV show The Love Boat was part of an effort designed to hook people on the romance of cruising. And it worked.

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