Steve Corin

Steve Corin

Steve Corin

I'm from Melbourne traveling to Alaska, Canada and NYC in 2014

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Ringwood July 9th 2014

Lost a day somewhere - bloody date line. Flight pretty good, if you consider sitting, lying, moving for 14.5 hours good. Had a feed when we got on the plane, watched a movie, then went to sleep. Much easier when you can stretch out, even better, at one stage I had my feet up on the bulkhead and was almost horizontal. Woke up and went for a walk, got some more water and snacks then back to watch another movie. Off to sleep again, then woken up with a sandwich and banana snack. More walks then more sleep, so all in all I reckon I might have had about 4 to 5 hours sleep - not bad for me on a plane. Woken up for breakfast, then we land pretty much on time. Off and into ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 7th 2014

Last day in the big apple. Wake up and pack last things, then I go uptown to do a final shop. Back to the apartment, re-pack and then out of the apartment at the designated 1200. Few pics of the apartment. This was a good place with great views. Car not due till 1300 so we go down to the cafe under the building for some lunch. Order and start eating when we see our car arrive with the driver we had when we came back from Niagara Falls (he dropped us off here). Finish food and out to the car, get bags from the doorman at the apartments and away we go out of Manhattan for the last time on this trip. Jean (our driver) takes us out and across the bridge instead of through ... read more

North America » United States July 6th 2014

Last full day in NYC. Up relatively early and off to the High Line. This is an old freight rail line that was closed down quite a few years ago. The city and friends of the High Line lobbied to keep a portion of the line and have set it up as an urban garden, refuge, tourist attraction. It runs for 1.7 miles from W30th street to little 12th street. Along the way they have planted grasses and plants along with lots of trees and have a concrete pathway through the middle that you walk through the greenery on. There are parts where they have special blocks of grass, seats with interesting views, a water part and there are even parts where the original tracks have been incorporated I to the path or beside the path. ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 5th 2014

Up early again. Brunch at hotel 235 which has a roof top bar. Arrive early and meet Guy and Janice. A few others queuing up outside. Some get testy and try to get in before the 1000 start. Back out again. Eventually allowed in. A bit like the Myer sales - people rush off to the lifts. Get up top and loads of tables. We ask for one with some shade. Nomprobs, our own umbrella and a great view of the Empire State Building behind us (BTW we are on the 21st floor of this hotel and there is greenery everywhere up here). Our server introduces himself. From Russia with love..... Nice guy. Describes how it works. American buffet with a complimentary champagne or champagne and OJ. We pick the latter, except Janice who does the ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 4th 2014

Happy Independence Day. We wake up early as we are meeting up with Guy and Janice (our Ringwood neighbours who are over here in Connecticut working). We have arrange to meet them down at their hotel near battery park (Around the 9/11 area). Head of to the subway, get a message from Janice letting us know which hotel they are staying at. Clearer subway directions now so off to the subway. Get off and walk to the Conrad Hilton and go up the escalator to the lobby. They have just checked in so our timing is perfect. Up we go with them to their room. Nice room, with a huge shower, photo op so the 4 of us cram into this big shower and do a selfie. Post to Facebook and get immediate response from guy ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 3rd 2014

Up early and off to recharge the SIM card on the phone. Have to go to the AT&T store in times square. Rain gone now, but very humid. Watch as the town wakes up, buildings being opened, deliveries everywhere. In Times Square they are filming Good Morning America in the street - have a sticky but too many screaming yanks........ Into the store, top up and off again. Look for the suitcase shop with no luck. Back to the apartment and breakfast, then off to Central Park. Catch subway (with no hassles) and get off at 72nd and 8th. This is the corner that John Lennon was shot and killed. We could tell coz there were about 4 hop on hop off buses parked with people taking pics everywhere. Into the park to look at the ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 2nd 2014

Bit of a sleep in this morning. Slept with the blinds open in our bedroom so we could look at the lights of the tall buildings - nice way to go to sleep and wake up but the sun was bit bright so blinds shut for rest of sleep in...... Finally up and breakfast in the room, shopping at the little deli next door helped. Nice to cook toast and vegemite our way, especially a cup of tea for Chris made her way. Shower was good and all the kitchen amenities are also good, apartment gets tick of approval. Decide to make today a shopping day - yay.... Off we go, also decide that we wil do a broadway show as well so find our way to one of the suggested theatres and get in a ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan July 1st 2014

Up early again for our trip back to NYC. Out the front and no car - valet asks if we had rung down and I explained that we had organised with the desk last night to have it here at 0830. Apologies and off they go to get cars. They park them across the road at the other Marriott hotel. Finally get car at 0850, instructions on how to get across the river and gone. This time we get into a queue that looks small - wrong - the car 2 in front seems to be taking forever to get through. Then the customs dude gets out of his box and points the car to the car park and tells the driver to go inside - hmmmmm. Finally our turn and pull up at the window, ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls June 30th 2014

Up early for our check out and trip to Niagara Falls. Hotel has been great, last looks over the park from the balcony and then downstairs to our waiting limo. Thank the staff and store our bags till tomorrow. Limo driver is a bit more chatty than the other one we had when we arrived. Get to see peak hour New York style - not very dissimilar to Sydney. Make it to the airport in good time, and get our boarding passes. Chris has a TSA exempt tag, mine doesn't - here we go again. Into the long queue and then to the security bit. Chris gets to go through the normal screening and keeps her sandals on. I have to strip shoes, belt and then go through the full body scan - with the dude ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 29th 2014

Didn't mention last night, but when we got back to the room there was a nice rainbow coloured piece of paper telling us that the streets around the hotel would be closed due to the gay pride parade. Wake up this morning and there are lots of people milling around up the road getting ready for the parade. Lots and lots in interesting costumes - bit like the Sydney Madrid gras. Get organised and go downstairs, Chris would like a haircut so Sarah does her bit and gives 2 options nearby. Wander out and check out the marchers, lots and lots more now.... Finally get to where we want to be after many many street blockades, etc. Even the streets we want for the hairdresser are blocked as the marchers gather, but the police allow us ... read more

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