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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 29th 2017

This day was to be over shadowed by the main event happening tonight! But we needed to do something for the day to go bye. So we once again put on our woollies and trudged up towards Central Park and aiming for Nike Town. Needing fuel we stopped by a little eatery by the name of Gregory's and had our selves some warming coffees and toast. We found Nike town and perused the floors of different Nike apparel. Americans not working for tips certainly do not put in the customer service as do their counterparts. Anyway after we waited 20mins for the larger size jumper for Ollie, we realised the correct choice was made. He looked the goods, model material for sure. Bec decided she wanted more culture in the day than a few large sweaty ... read more
2_ Get some south in your mouth
3_ Its time
4_ Mercandise builds excitement

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 27th 2017

No white Christmas as we were hoping for, but it certainly had the cold. Coldest day of the trip so far and we found out that it had actually snowed earlier that morning, just not enough to hang around. Never mind we had ourselves a lovely Christmas lunch planned gifted to us from the English Walkers. The restaurant that was booked was called Bryant Park Grill and it was located in Bryant Park, go figure. so after we did a bit of pressie opening, well watching Ollie open presents, we decided to brave the cold and head to the park a couple of hours earlier to check out the markets, the ice rink and of course another giant Christmas tree. It was indeed cold but Ollie and I warmed up on pretzels and churros while we ... read more
2_ prelunch
3_ Park Grill
4_ Christmas Cheers

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 25th 2017

Woke up in the morning with the sound of rain piter patter on the roof.... wait.. no.. same as every other day cause we are in the middle of an apartment building with our window facing an other building about a meter away. So it is raining and it is quite foggy and grey, what better day to go and see the Statue of Liberty from the seat of a Staten Island ferry. Easy cab ride to the ferry terminal with our Indian friend, no change there. The ferry ride consist of half an hour to the island that really has nothing to do there and then off, walk around a circle and get back on for the half an hour return trip. Cool, an hour done and the lady of freedom waved goodbye. From there ... read more
4_ Wall street exchange and tree
5_ Cheese and meat hevan
6_ 911 Memorial

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 24th 2017

Sooo much done, but still so much to do. But before that, time to have a big ol' healthy breakfast of Nutella French toast American style! When I say American style I mean a serve big enough that not even I can finish it, and that's saying a lot. The quaint little venue this morning was called Penelope's and we met our Pokémon hungry friend Fish there first, and as it wasn't ready we managed to get a quick coffee and Pokémon walk in before being seated, much to the joy of our non Pokémon peeps. With a late start, a walk around, an extended breakfast and a bottomless mug of coffee we found that we didn't have a lot of time to dilly dally before the show Aladdin was to start at the Amsterdam theatre. ... read more
2_ Killing time
3_ Poof what d'ya want
4_ Showtime

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 22nd 2017

Lovely morning too have a bit of a relax and some gaming in the room with Ollie while Bec and Mum tackled some shopping, pretty sure I got the good end of that deal. Not before too long it was time to head off to our next adventure. Christmas with the Rockettes! We walked briskly through Bryant Park and had to be at Radio City an hour before the show and as we had seen the size of the line a few days earlier down the street we decided not to risk it. The line was still there but it moved really quick and after the statutory metal detector and bag search we were gazing upon the awesome interior of a Christmas infused Radio City Lobby. Ollie and I took a quick spin with Santa in ... read more
2_ Lets ride Santa my man
3_ Bring on the Rock
4_ Rockin Rockettes

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 20th 2017

Late start, but woke refreshed and hungry. Down the road for a bagel, coffee, wifi and a brief attack plan. First stop was Magnolia Bakery near Central Park, because as EVERYBODY knows this is where the Sex in the City girls get their sweets from. One cupcake and thirty photos laters we walked back to Central Park via the Gateway to another world and the building that was attacked by Stay Puff in Ghostbusters! I am the Key Master! Nice viewing of Central Park via both feet and horse drawn cart. Got the driver to take a nice photo of us and then his horse decided to walk off without him. Just as I was about to launch into my 'wild west runaway horse drawn cart routine' the dude hoped back in and continued the tour. ... read more
Central Horse Cart
Mum and Ollie Soldiers
Sean Burger

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan December 19th 2017

With a whole lot of flying under our belts and a bit of sleep in our eyes we figured what better way to clear our heads and get our bearings was to go for a nice stroll. Nothing too extreme just a waltz down to Grand Central Station to start ticking boxes! A bit chilly, around 6 degrees nothing we cant handle, but I am glad I changed out of shorts. After the Station we found our way to the New York Public Library. Checked its Chrissy tree and book train and realised that sleep was very much needed. As it was getting dark we agreed on an early night, followed by a quick 14-16 hour sleep. I did manage to squeeze in a couple of Bud Lites and a Philly Cheese Steak before bed! When ... read more
Boys out front of GCS
GCS flag
night cap

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan November 7th 2017

On my recent trip to and from eastern Europe, I had some ridiculously long layovers, part due to my own planning, and part due to total BS. The worst one was at JFK in New York, a five hour layover!!! Plus they lost my bag! So, how do I cope with this nonsense? If I was a working stiff, I would probably work most of the time. But now that I am retired, I just like to eat lightly, drink, nap, and relax. What is the best way to do that? My first choice is the Business Class lounge. When I had gold status with United, it was a no brainer. Or if I fly business, I get complimentary access to the lounge. It really is a great place to camp ... read more
Chaos?
More Chaos!
Long lines!

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 29th 2017

After a surprisingly restful night in our tiny, but very expensive, JFK hotel room, we took an Uber into Manhattan, and got dropped off at Schwartz Luggage Storage, the only place to leave luggage near Grand Central Station. The business is less than bare bones, and not the cleanest place in the world, but the employee was pleasant, and the prices reasonable... From the storage place, we walked to Times Square, and then down to the entrance of the Highline. As it was a warm sunny Saturday the park was crowded, but still pleasant. There is a huge development going in next the entrance: Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. The site will include more ... read more
Glimpse of Manhattan from our Uber
Beautiful NYC building
Ogre's lair

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 28th 2017

Our final day on our cruise was another sea day. The sea was rough and it was very windy on deck. We think it must be the tail end of another cyclone. Thankfully there wasn’t any rain and the sun was out. Mum and I had a really lazy day watching movies on the ship funnel. It was hard to say goodbye to our service team. Everyone has treated us like royalty. The ship docked very early and we were able to disembark by 9:30am. Yvette and Margaret were flying home but Mum and I still had a few more days and fly out on Halloween. After dropping our luggage off at our hotel and with the advice from our porter that the next few days weather was going to very wet we headed back down ... read more
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