Thursday, May 27, 2010

2004 Train Trip – Part 23 - Epilogue

When I read the entries after leaving New York, there is something so apparent.  Anywhere you go after New York feels like the Andromeda Strain.  Cities such as Chicago and Seattle feel vacant after spending a few days in New York.  Manhattan is such a dynamic place to be.  So in some way, it felt a little of a let down to go back to Chicago and to Seattle, even with all that we did there.  Pike’s Fish Market felt like some forgotten tourist site.  Again, it was the middle of the week, but we still had the Big Apple flowing through our veins. 

In Part 11, I stated that I love the Drake Hotel, but I didn’t say why.  I am always fascinated with places that feel like they have a lot of history in them; that are throwbacks to another time.  The Drake Hotel is a great example of one of these environments. 

Although they have modernized the rooms and the lobby, the building and the architecture just smacks of the days when horse drawn carriages would be outside, and being in a hotel like this was the lap of luxury.  In fact, when you go to the lower level of the Drake, there are little shops and even a sort of pub built in a lot of dark wood.  Halls meander around.  Down one, you will find a shoe-shiner, and down another, high fashioned clothing. There is a restaurant on the mezzanine with a mixing area where you can get drinks and wait for your table.  And the staff treats guests very politely.