For day 2 of the trip, my mom and I wanted to make a visit to a place most tourists don’t go to- the Girl Scouts of the

A display at the entrance to the Girl Scout office.

A display at the entrance to the Girl Scout office.

USA headquarters. We’re both Girl Scouts and have been for several years. My mom knew a couple of people there who could show us around. Besides offices, the headquarters had a museum detailing the history of Girl Scouting from its beginnings in Savannah, Georgia to the present day. Staff members showed us around other parts of the headquarters, including one international area that had memorabilia sent in from Girl Scouts around the world.

After taking some more photos and doing some shopping at the Girl Scout store for folks back home, we went to the Empire State Building. We didn’t go up as we were planning on going up to the Top of the Rock later that week. But checking out the art deco designs in the lobby was worth the stop since we were by the building anyway. After that, we went to Macy’s.

Macys wooden escalators.

Macy's wooden escalators.

I wanted to go there just to see Herald Square and see if there was anything that made this store different from any other Macy’s store. My first impression of the place is that it’s huge! It has 8 floors, complete with the original wooden escalators on the upper levels. Besides the wide assortment of clothes, the store had several restaurants and sections devoted to holiday ornaments and other special items. But other then the wooden escalators and the size, the store is pretty much like any other Macy’s that I’ve seen.

So after Macy’s, it was time to take the subway over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or as it’s more commonly known- the Met. I’m not much of an art aficionado, but with the sheer amount of artwork that they have, it was not hard to find something I would enjoy looking at. The Met has five floors of artwork, artifacts and other bits of history spanning from the earliest records of human civilisation to the current day.

Egyptian Courtyard in the Met

Egyptian Courtyard in the Met

The courtyards were the most impressive part of the museum. One was designed like the entrance to an Egyptian Pyramid. Another looked like a French courtyard during the Renaissance. A third was located on the roof and had a large, banyan-tree-like metal sculpture that felt otherworldly against the NYC skyline.

It surprised me what qualified as “art” in some exhibits. Some of the more bizarre entries included a vacuum cleaner, a canvas painted in one solid color and a flourescent light tube used in most offices.

We were in the Met for about 3 hours, which was barely enough time to take a brief look at most of the exhibits. If you’re planning a visit here, it’s best to focus on just one or two areas that you want to see and save the rest for later.

The Shrek marquee.

Shrek: The Musical marquee.

After the Met, we hopped on the subway and headed back to the hotel for dinner and a change of clothes before heading back out to Broadway. I had gotten a buy-one-get-one-free deal for Shrek: the Musical. Since my mom and I both wanted to see a lighthearted musical, it fit the bill perfectly. The musical itself was quite fun to watch. The plot pretty much follows that of the movie, but with more silly jokes and fun songs. If you enjoyed the movie, then you will enjoy the musical as well.

After the musical, we wandered around the Hershey’s and M&M store at Times Square just for grins and then headed back to the hotel for the night.