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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 31st 2012

Yesterday, Shelly went down to add an extra night since our cruise was going to leave on thursday. We then went out to lunch - found a pizza place where we could buy slices - and brought them back. I just worked. Then last night stuff started opening, we had a few more choices for food. We found a great Chinese restaurant and had some great food, then went to a wine bar and a pub. Got back and we got a note that the cruise was now leaving Friday and that is IF they can get a berth in Manhattan (we were supposed to be leaving from the Bronx). I just wish we knew if the cruise was going to be cancelled. Wake up this am and our hotel bill is under the door. Hum. ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 31st 2012

In the 1920's, John Fitzgeral descibed New York City as the "Big Apple". If there is indeed a centre of the world as far of civilisation goes, NYC is it. It is the only place in the world that no matter your age, interests or culture, there is something to entertain you, endulge you and something you can relate to. It is, without a single doubt, the evidence of the power of human civilisation. The city doesnt need any introduction and is as famous and impressive as its rumours. The only thing not explained well to those who havent been there is its size. It only takes a moment in a high rise to understand how you can be completely engulfed by "the concrete jungle". Its a culture, a street culture. Loud noises, violent road rage ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 30th 2012

Hallo allemaal!! Hier een eerste update van onze reis :) Vroeg in de ochtend (17 oktober) gingen we op pad naar de 1e bestemming: New York!! Na een hele lange reisdag, 's middags (NLse tijd 23.00) bij ons hostel aangekomen, vlak naast Central Park. Een nacht goed slapen deed wonderen en de volgende ochtend waren we dan ook ready to go om The Big Apple te ontdekken. Een rondje op de ferry langs The Statue of Liberty met een prachtig uitzicht op de typische skyline van New York was een goed begin van onze tocht door deze enorme stad. 5 dagen lang hebben we alle kanten van de stad bekeken, heeeel veeeel gelopen en het metro systeem was helaas niet altijd even logisch kwamen we achter... Tijdens de 1e dag veel in het zuidelijke deel van ... read more
Statue of Liberty
Op de Ferry!
Ground Zero

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 30th 2012

We have been treated to yet another visit to New York and loved it! We saw so much more by rather doing a sightseeing walk-around as opposed to taking a cab,bus or train. We stayed in Time Square and walked the 1 1/2 hours or about 7km to the World Trade Centre site. As it's open to the public now we just had to go in. Even though we don't personally know anyone who died in the 9/11 attack it was still a very emotional experience visiting the site. The Waterfalls / twin pools where the two towers once stood was designed with so much feeling, water is constantly flowing softly over the edge, seemingly falling for ever as one can not see the bottom of the falls, often a rainbow appears above the pools, giving ... read more
New York at night
New World Trade Centre Building
New York Pretzels

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 26th 2012

Our last full day in New York means our last full day in America. To say we loved it would be a massive understatement. Everything has been how we had hoped and in many instances better. Today started off with us booking tickets to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum complex. On board the former USS Intrepid, a former WW2 air craft carrier and now home to all sorts of interesting things. The main exhibits include a Concord and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. The space shuttle is an astro nerds dream come true. To know you are within a metre of a space craft that had actually completed many missions in to space was beyond amazing. From the Intrepid museum we headed off to Macy's for Vicki to have a look and get some last ... read more
"Driver's Side" view of Enterprise
Wayne and Enterprise
Grand Central Station

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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 24th 2012

Tonight we had dinner at an Irish Pub, O'Lunneys, on 45th Street just off Broadway in Times Square. The food was great and again we were treated to fantastic service form our Irish waitress. Following dinner we went and saw the musical Evita, starring Ricky Martin, at the Marquis Theatre part of the Marriott Hotel in Times Square. A very nice theatre but in all honesty the show was not my cup of tea, I could feel some nodding off going on particularly in the first half. Vicki certainly enjoyed the show so all was not lost. After the show we had a hot chocolate and then rode the subway home. Right throughout this part of our trip I have been mindful of our safety because of the sheer size of New York how do you ... read more
NYPD on the beat
NASDAQ advertising Avis Budget
Chandelier in the foyer of our brownstone

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 24th 2012

After a well deserved sleep in this morning we had a quite late start. We dropped our washing off at the local laundromat $20 for 20 odd pounds of washing, washed and folded sounded good to us. From the laundromat we walked to Central Park, three blocks away. We are staying toward the Northern end of the park and a walk down 106th Street and we were there. Central Park is equally beautiful as it is unique. This green jungle in a "concrete jungle where dreams are made of....." (I knew I could sneak the Jay Z/Alicia Keys song in here somewhere) takes you to a special place in a special place. We had lunch at Maoz, a vegetarian food stand within the park. We had a vegetarian salad with Falafal, homous and tahini with Belgian ... read more
Vicki in one of the lanes at Central Garden, Central Park
Carlo's Bakery
Burnett Fountain

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 23rd 2012

This morning we ventured out on the subway and headed to Tribeca. Enroute we stopped at a Farmers Market around the corner from City Hall. After a look around and a chat to one of the vendors selling honey we stopped off at Jerry's Diner on Chambers Street for a double shot espresso and a raisin and cinnamon bagle. After Jerrys it was off to the World Trade Centre Memorial. We had our tickets booked for 11am and arrived in plenty of time and just as well as there were plenty of people there paying their respects. After collecting your entry tickets, they are free but you are encouraged to make an on line donation, it is a 6 block walk up to the site. Following an airport type security screening you move on to a ... read more
Reflections
Reflections 2
NYC amazing architecture

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 22nd 2012

We arrived in New York around 6:45pm last night and got a cab from LaGuardia Airport to our brownstone on Lexington Avenue. The cabby was a really cool black guy complete with a leather flat cap and chomping on his tooth pick but he knew how to get around NYC. He was pretty smooth and the traffic was fairly heavy. We remain unimpressed with airport security but all other ground services at the airport are amazing. Our brownstone is pretty basic but it does have a small kitchenette, is clean and the bed comfortable. We slept pretty well last night and despite Lexington being one of the main thoroughfares from the Bronx to Downtown it is pretty quiet. You do hear the rumble of the subway but it is not too loud, similar to distant thunder. ... read more
Hopes and Dreams
Times Square and Broadway
NYPD on horse back

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 19th 2012

The rain was cold and fierce as we began Day 3. Our first museum destination was the Intrepid, located 46th @ 12th. We had not mastered local bus routes and set out on foot with umbrella in hand. The umbrella was of little use, as we were soaked in short order due to the wind drafts. After trekking across the many city blocks, we arrived at the entry to the Intrepid museum. A bagel from the local street vendor restored our spirits and we were ready to explore the aircraft carrier. With appropriate identification cards, there is free admission for retired military personnel. This access includes the Intrepid, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, the GrowlerSubmarine, and an interesting historical film of the ship. Our next tourist destination was Grand Central Station, which was quite a journey back ... read more
Grand Central Terminal
Intrepid
John on Intrepid




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