Friday 20th June Back to my broken sleep patterns! I woke several times, for no good reason, at 2:30, 3:30 then finally for good at 5:00. I read until Amanda woke at 6:00. We showered and dressed then headed out for breakfast at 7:00. There's a Starbucks on our block, where we buy a spinach and feta wrap for Amanda, an egg and sausage breakfast sandwich for me, and coffees for both. ($13) We plan to eat our breakfast at Columbus Circle nearby. This is a great spot to sit, ideal for people watching at busy times, sitting as it does at the corner of Central Park and Broadway. Unfortunately, as we reach the end of the street we find that it is fenced off, being in the middle of renovation work. Sigh. Ok. An acceptable compromise is a low wall at the adjacent entrance to Central Park. We sit and enjoy our food, taking in the sights and sounds, and watching the various passers-by. There are joggers and dog walkers heading into the park, people clutching coffee cups on their way to work and a boot camp of sorts where a fit looking middle aged guy is training two girl a and a man to box. It's glorious today, sunny and warm even at this early hour. The huge towers of the Time Wanrner complex dominate the skyline above Columbus Circle. (This building also houses our 'when we win the Lottery' hotel, the Mandarin Oriental. It has full height glass window walls in each room, with various view options overlooking the park or downtown. One day maybe! At 7:30 we enter the park and wander vaguely northwards along the meandering paths. It's doggie heaven this morning, with dozens of pooches and owners at every turn. Most seem to be breaking at least one or two of the byelaws - most are off leash, and some are swimming in the fountains! Our stroll takes us past Sheep Meadow and Belvedere Castle, around the Great Lawn and along the eastern side of the reservoir. After rest rooming at the tennis club (almost every court is in action) we enter the upper, Harlem Mere area, passing softball pitches and a large meadow full of school parties at play. We leave the park at 9:30 after a couple of very pleasant hours, onto 5th Avenue at 98th street. Strolling south, we walk for 10 blocks or so to the Guggenheim, arriving about 9:45. It doesn't open until 10:00, so we join the modest line and sit on the low wall to wait. Various street vendors are bust setting up their art and food stalls along the sidewalk. Last time we came it was raining, and they were all doing a brisk trade selling umbrellas to the damp tourists! We enter a couple of minutes after 10 and head up the spiral rotunda walkway to view the current exhibition, comprising an impressive selection of Italian Futurism sculpture and paintings. It's pretty good, although not quite my cup of tea. Photography of the exhibits is not permitted, so here's a taste of the interior from the ground floor. After reaching the top we descend slowly, entering the various galleries on each floor before leaving at 11:15. It's hot, sunny and busy. We walk south along 5th, keeping to the Central Park side to minimise the number of street crossings. The huge facade of the Metropolitan Museum is also heavily screened, also being under substantial renovation, making it almost impossible to photograph.