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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 24th 2018

Let the self indulgence begin! I’m on VACATION!! Oh, and so is Susan. We are in the lounge where she is swilling free tomato juice like it was, er, free while I type this while sitting in a – wait for it – comfy chair! Such decadence. And when I finish this, oatmeal! Yee and haw. We splurged and upgraded to business class – at least for the leg to Montreal. Upgrading on the New York leg would actually cost MORE than the Edmonton run. Go figure. And since even tourist class on the New York flight is only two seats across, we get to sit together, which is the most important part. As long as Susan gets the window and I get the aisle, we’re golden. (And, yes, thank you, I am aware of the ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 8th 2018

After a long period of anticipation and planning, today our vacation has finally begun. We were up bright and early and headed for the airport. Well it certainly was early - earlier than when it was bright outside. Valerie was kind enough to stay at our house last night so she could get us to the airport by 5:00 this morning. The flight was not scheduled to leave until 7:00, but we wanted to avoid any possible TSA / airline problems. Anyway, she got us and our luggage loaded in her car and delivered at this really early hour – we kind of had an overnight Uber Driver. THANK YOU. We made it through the formalities at the airport without any problems and still had time for a light breakfast before boarding the plane. The flight ... read more
Times Square
Radio City Music Hall
Broadway Theater

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 8th 2018

The countdown is on! In 4 weeks Ruby, mum and I will be in the midst of a great 9 day vacay in NEW YORK! We are trying to make the trip as easy as possible. Staying away from most of the tourist traps (most .....) and just BEING. Soaking up the vintage stores, the food, the river walks, the atmosphere and the general vibe of being in the Big Apple. We are staying between Little Italy and Chinatown - my mouth waters just thinking about it. Close enough to everything, but far enough away from Midtown to feel like we aren't true tourists. We have been to New York quite a few times - having lived in Connecticut for 18 months the 1.5 hour drive was really easy to do. But we were tourists those ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 7th 2018

Started with an early breakfast, glad to see that the weather was different from yesterday which was about 93 degrees and poured at the end of the day.Left the hotel and walked to the bike shop, about 10 blocks, got organized, broken into 2 groups. Our group leader was Johanns, orginally from Austria and our sweep (followed at the back to pick up the pieces) Chris, originally from the Finger lakes area of NY, came here to college and never left. Began riding 'in traffic' which was quite harrowing especially at first. Only a couple blocks to Central Park which was better because there were few cars but fast bikes, pedicabs, pedestrians, etc. Stopped frequently for Johanns to give us some background and history. First hour or so, it seemed we walked more than rode. There ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 21st 2018

We used the Hop On Hop Off bus as a taxi today, so got on one headed uptown, and got off at the start of Central Park. Walked along the edge of the park to the horse and carriages, plenty lined up today, a bit cooler than Monday. Had a short ride through Central Park, then the carriage has to go out onto 5th Ave in all the traffic to get back to the start - that was a little interesting. Decided to go across to the Plaza Hotel, found the food court downstairs, so sat and had coffee. Time for some (window) shopping along 5th Ave, past all the high end stores (and a few churches), only one we went into was Lindt! Also walked past the Trump Tower (the one he lives in when ... read more
Central Park
On 5th Ave
Yep, that's us!

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 20th 2018

We were undecided today whether to go up the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Centre - ESB is taller, but further away (would need us to use the bus again, and hard to get back), Top of the Rock (the observation deck of the Rockefeller Centre) is not as tall, has a timed entry (so could be waiting a while) but easier to get to. Had our lazy hats on, so Top of the Rock won! Walked to the main entrance on 50th St, found the ticket desk, they asked did we want to go up straight away, so did not have to come back for a timed entry. Just had to psych myself up for the elevator ride, which goes up to the 67th floor in 42 seconds. Top of the elevator is clear, ... read more
Statue of Libery (from TOTR)
Looking down on the lower deck
Central Park (from TOTR)

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 19th 2018

Headed Downtown on the Hop On Hop Off bus today, starting back in Times Square, then past Madison Square Garden, Empire State Building, Macy's, Flatiron building (some of which we had seen last night) and into the financial district. Got off at Trinity Church which is at the start of Wall Street, and close to Ground Zero. It was covered in debris on 9/11. Walked down to the 9/11 Memorial (Ground Zero) to see the waterfalls and reflecting pools that are in the footprint of the Twin Towers. The name of every person who died is inscribed around the edges of the pools, and the staff place a white rose next to a name on that person's birthday. Couid also see One World Trade Centre (the tallest building in the western hemisphere, and the main building ... read more
Madison Square Garden
Empire State Building

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 18th 2018

First day in New York City, we have our Sightseeing Pass, weather forecast is good (except for a possible storm later tonight), and we are off! Called in to the Hop On Hop Off Bus/Sightseeing Pass Office (which is conveniently across the street and 1/2 block down from our hotel) to book ourselves on the night Sightseeing Tour. Then over to the bus stop to start on the Uptown Tour on the Hop On Hop Off Bus. Bus travelled down 8th Ave, through the theatre district, and was supposed to go all the way down the western side of Central Park. Did not realise Central Park is nearly 60 blocks long! It appeared we had a bit of a renegade driver, who thought going down the side of the park wasn't that interesting, so took a ... read more
Silver Globe at Columbus Circle
Trump Tower (one of them)
American Museum of Natural history

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan June 17th 2018

Banff looked beautiful today in the sunshine as we left to go to Calgary Airport! Bruce drove some of our group (including us) to Calgary, and some were going on the Rocky Mountaineer, including Darcy, the tour guide. Bit of a wait at the airport as other people had earlier flights than us, then our flight was delayed. Landed at Newark airport after a 4 1/2 hour flight, airport transfer was not there (stuck in traffic), so went with a shuttle from the same company. Arrived at our hotel just after midnight, room not as small as we thought it might be, so all good.... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan April 20th 2018

"Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you" SA 203 was clearly on course as the engines slowed to a gentle whisper, the nose tilted downwards and a state of semi frantic preparation swept through the metal tube. Having the best seats on the plane means you get to look out of a window and clearly visible was a soft pink glow far out. An oval shape to the creeping light of day which should be enough to convince those "Flat Earth" loonies that their theory is wrong. New York evokes many thoughts as it is undoubtedly the capital of planet Earth. Just for a minute ponder on how many books have been written about this city. Both fiction and non fiction. Any singer worth his or her salt has crooned and sang about New ... read more
Iconic NYC
Twin Towers
Brooklyn Bridge

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