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  1. I'd also stick to Bruges, and I've been to Brussels many times. There are very historical areas in Brussels, but it will take time to get there, and I think Bruges is just more user friendly for a day trip. Brussels can be a very congested city and I find it easier to see when you're there for some other reason and you explore after you've conducted your business in town.
  2. Of your original four, I'd go with Wicked. It's a great production, the Gershwin is a modern, very comfortable theater, and it's the only one that isn't based on a Disney movie. I've not seen Aladdin or Frozen. Lion King is also a very well done production, but Wicked has an element of originality that we really enjoyed. Not lighthearted but amazingly uplifting, and possibly the best show you can actually get a ticket to: Come From Away. No effects either. My initial thoughts. You'll get other recommendations, I'm sure!
  3. That did it for my wife! 3rd row center, Royal Circle. Saturday matinee... BTW, they've changed the ticketing process starting with December 1st on. It's now through theatre.ticketmaster.co.uk, and they're actual paper tickets. Mailed to arrive three days before the show in the UK and will call for international tickets. Hopefully that doesn't create a huge resale market, but those seats were around $650 plus fees in NYC if memory serves; £225, no fees, in London.
  4. T3 has the very long walk and the huge escalator on your way to immigration. I've slowed down a bit, but that has always taken time just to get to immigration. I think they've redone the terminals since I last flew BA, but that seemed somewhat faster, initially, because of the tram. I'm very curious to see how the E-passport gates change things. We're next in LHR in December.
  5. The gates are pretty obvious in Terminal 3 (United/Air Canada/Star Alliance) and always have been. Unless they've been relocated, they're to the right of the arrivals hall. It'll be December before I can answer the signage question. Kind of curious about that as well. There's a pretty informative video on youtube, which I've always had bad luck trying to embed here! http://<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9TG31dOttMM" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  6. I’m either disembarking Economy Plus or Business and I’ve NEVER made it out of Terminal 3 in 20 minutes. That is totally unreasonable for the average traveler.
  7. And there’s the problem. Most New Yorkers recommend pizza in The outer boroughs, or at least away from Midtown. Most tourists are in Midtown...
  8. Not Broadway, but Hamilton London tickets for the holidays go on sale Monday. And we're in London... Pricing is nowhere near as crazy as Broadway; we can get very good Royal Circle (mezzanine) tickets for £150.(for November), so we'll see what Monday brings.
  9. What terminal? It's taken me 20 minutes just to get from the gate TO immigration!
  10. I have to agree with Turtles06. The title number has been everywhere, and there's nothing to really lose by listening to it. I will actually go so far as to say just buy the OCR NOW, but don't listen to anything but Alexander Hamilton (if anything), THEN as soon after the show as possible, listen to that track again. There's a lot going on there, sung and rapped by characters you haven't met yet. And, because there's so much happening, you may not follow all of the setups in that number later in the show. But you will when you listen to it later.
  11. Some. Cats, Le Mis, and more recently, Come From Away, and, of course Hamilton!
  12. Reporting back on "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" at the Lyric. My wife and I had tickets in the first row of the balcony last Thursday and Friday (Parts 1 & 2 are either same day on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 and 7:30 or Thursday and Friday at 7:30). The box office was definitely right; they were great seats. No, we didn't have great views of facial expressions, but we could see the entire stage, and there are activities that fill the theater. Without saying much (or anything, really) the play begins immediately after the Epilogue of The Deathly Hallows, or the last scene of the movie. It's certainly heavily slanted to Harry Potter fans, but it's a very well done play. We're both mid to late 50's, no kids, but my wife is a teacher. Most of her time teaching she's taught 3rd and 4th grades, so yes, in the late 90's early 2000's (until the present) she taught 11 year olds who were waiting for their letter from Hogwarts... Yes, we've read all the books and seen all the movies. My wife had read the Cursed Child script; I hadn't. We really enjoyed it. You would really have to be an uber fan or have no time at all to sit through both parts in the same day; each part is about 2 1/2 hours with intermission. The Lyric was very comfortable, and they have a wonderful at seat ordering system for snacks and drinks (order before the show and have your popcorn/water/soda/chocolate frog delivered at the beginning of intermission).
  13. Macy's probably has what she's looking for, but the flow in the 34th Street store makes it complicated to find unless you know exactly (to potentially include maker) you're looking for. But single brand stores such as Talbot's or Ann Taylor may be a better choice.
  14. Are you familiar with Talbot’s? Classic contemporary (used to be frumpy, but better). Very nice, large store at 54th and Madison. Look them up online and see if that’s what you’re looking for. Macy’s has affordable lines, it just takes more work.
  15. It's kind of interesting. There's everything from H&M to Fendi in the same mall. Seems to be more younger New Yorkers than say upper Madison.
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