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Two Sundays in NYC - Jan. 11 and Jan. 25.

Author: RichardNika
Email: Corona70@aol.com (More Trip Reviews by RichardNika)
Date of Trip: January 2009

The Fragonard room contains many paintings by that 18th century French painter as well as numerous sculptures, vases and pieces of furniture. Frick generally liked his sculptures to fit on a table or medium-sized pedestal. There is a stunning Houdon sculpture of Diana the huntress. She is nude, beautiful, holding a bow, and balanced solely on the toes of one foot. The Dining Room is filled primarily with 18th century British paintings and 17th century Chinese vases. The paintings include one of General John "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne, painted in 1766, who surrendered to the Americans at Saratoga, NY in 1777. The Boucher room is mostly French sculpture, furniture and decorative arts. Elsewhere in the museum are four paintings by

James McNeill Whistler, a 19th century American painter, is the only American artist who Frick liked - and bought. He painted mostly people, individuals, full length rather than portraits, and four of these are in this collection. He's best known for "Whistler's Mother," one of those paintings that almost everyone has seen a picture of. But it's not in America - it's in Paris' huge Musee d'Orsay, where I was startled to come across it years ago. There is one other American painting here, a Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington. Stuart painted Washington from life three times, and then made a lot of money by painting copies of those paintings and selling them. This is one such copy. The audio guide makes sure to remind you that Frick doubtlessly bought this for the subject matter rather than its aesthetic quality.

We left just before it closed - unfortunately, 5:00 PM on Sundays - and headed back to LaGuardia. It was just too cold to go wandering around. I knew there would be a lot of time to kill at the airport. We stopped again at Au Bon Pain. They sell bowls of hot soup, and excellent rolls for a dollar. with butter and jam thrown in. The flight back to Ft. Lauderdale was uneventful. We checked in at the desk to make sure we'd be seated together, and I actually slept. My wife drove home - I stayed at the terminal to catch an early flight to Atlanta in the morning. Strictly a family trip.

I have made an interesting air travel discovery. Almost everyone has assumed, as I had, that the only way to bring your own liquor on board now is to take an international flight and buy it duty free in the security area. And who wants to open a full bottle on a plane? Not so! It had occurred to me that the TSA policy allowing bottles of liquid of 3 ounces or less within a quart sized ziplock-type plastic bag might also apply to those little airline size bottles of booze, that usually cost $1 or so in a liquor store and $4 or more on board. I called TSA to ask. No problem. OK to bring more than one? Bring as many as you like. OK if they're glass? No problem. I brought several back from Atlanta and enjoyed - discretely - two of them on board. No problem!

Our next Sunday day trip to NY is scheduled for May 10.

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