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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 29th 2013

October 28, 2013 We wake up to another beautiful day in NYC. The sun is shining in a cloudless blue sky and once again we can’t believe just how lucky we’ve been on this trip. Especially since back in the UK at the moment everyone has been bracing themselves for the biggest storm in 20 years! We split into pairs for the morning. Steve and Sam go west to the US Aircraft Carrier, Intrepid, now home to the Sea, Air and Space Museum down on the waterfront. Matthew and I head down Broadway and visit a few more shops (purchasing one blue M&M plush toy as you do) as well as having lunch in the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. Something Matthew has been dying to do for a long time! We meet Steve and ... read more
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The High Line
Empire State Building

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 28th 2013

October 26, 2013 We’re in NYC, the Big Apple, first time for the boys although Steve and I have been a few times before. We flew in late last night after leaving a rather dull and overcast Vancouver. We couldn’t say goodbye to the mountains for they were nowhere to be seen but a Vancouver like this is definitely easier to leave than the Vancouver we’ve been seeing over the last few days. And we’ll be back. Canada is our second home. We arrived in Newark Airport just after midnight (Eastern Time) and checked into the Marriott just across the way. Being such a late arrival it made more sense to have the first night here. It was a good choice (although next time it would be tempting just to walk across to the hotel, luggage ... read more
Empire State Building
It's M&M World!
View from Hotel Beacon

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 15th 2013

Monday 14th October Columbus Day Fine and sunny - 20'C We had breakfast in the apartment before heading out to explore some of Central Park. It was Columbus Day today, with some businesses observing it as a public holiday and not opening. Many people were out strolling through the park due to the long weekend and we really enjoyed wandering the winding pathways in the warm sun. There was some great talent busking in the park which we stopped to check out. We could hear the Columbus Day parade heaving and jostling up 5th Avenue towards us so we found a few vantage points along the way as we headed back down from Central Park towards Times Square. We wanted to see what the opportunities were for buying cheap theatre tickets as we're thinking of seeing ... read more
Off with my nut!
Columbus Day parade
The High Line foliage through tracks

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 21st 2013

We slept in a little bit this morning because we were planning a good long bike ride through Central Park and needed our energy, but we also needed food. I was craving something asian (broad-I know) so we stopped at this little Japanese place called Sappuro. I had delicious vegetable ramen and had a total foodgasm.. ahh! Jk...but kinda. The bike rental store was waiting with our bikes, but was a little ways outside of the park, so we had to brave the NY traffic for a couple blocks. A little scurry! There is really only one way you can go around the park by bike, but we would get off and walk them down to the ponds or events that were going on. We happened to be there during Oktoberfest so there were lots of ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 21st 2013

Ahhhhhhh..Little Italy. The aromas and sounds of a shrinking, but vibrant, Italian American community craft the setting of an American landmark...with some old world flare. When one enters the Feast of San Gennaro they are transported to another place in time, and what New Yorker would not welcome the opportunity to take a break from their day to day grind to live a little bit of "La Dolce Vita." For Italian's its a reminiscent taste of favorite dishes of old. For everyone else, its the best place in New York to eat Italian food! However the feast is about more than just food, it is also deeply rooted in catholic tradition. From the years 1870-1913 the largest diaspora of people in modern history was recorded. Italian immigrants flooded New York City by the boat load, in ... read more
Old Mulberry Street
San Gennaro
Cafe Style Seating

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 20th 2013

Well New York is—New York. I have been here before and felt like I'd got my fill for a lifetime, but here I am, back in the busy, smelly streets of the Big Apple. It's not that I don't like the city, I just prefer nice people and slower paces. I hate sitting in dim lit subways and using copious amounts of hand sanitizer every time I have to stand and use the hand rails. We came here for food and the shows, though, so I will focus on the positives. After a red eye from Salt Lake to JFK we were hungry and tired and hoping that we could drop our bags off at our hotel. (Side note—why do I keep subjecting myself to the torture of red eye flights?? I am always a zombie ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 20th 2013

During our stay in Italy and Greece we were really lucky and enjoyed beautiful, tasty continental breakfasts each morning with fresh Greek yoghurt, delicious cut up fruit, bread, freshly squeezed orange juice, olives and lots of feta cheese. Arriving in New York we went downstairs for our complimentary ‘continental breakfast.’ A continental breakfast obviously varies in America to what it is in Europe and we were greeted with boxes of huge donuts smothered in thick, brightly coloured icing and orange juice which was artificially sweetened all served in polystyrene cups and on polystyrene plates. Seriously, no wonder there is such an obesity problem over here the portion sizes are ridiculous and so much of the food is processed it makes me appreciate what we have back in Aussie land. Today we went into a place called ... read more
Cycling around Central Park
Statue of Liberty

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 1st 2013

Well all good things have to eventually come to an end. But, now that it's time to go, our three weeks in NYC seems to have flown by. We did lots more walking around Brooklyn on Sunday morning before enjoying lunch at the cafe just around the corner from our B & B and then heading back to Kerrii & Seb's place. A couple of hours later Seb was off to JFK airport to catch a plane to Sydney to do some work for the Maritime Museum; he'll be back in NYC on 12 September; Andrea's birthday. Not long after Seb departed, Elizabeth, whose apartment we were sub-letting, came over to say hello. Nice to meet her and her eldest and youngest children who spent time playing with Grace & Rupert. Kerrii, Grace, Rupert, Kev & ... read more
Another sign to take my fancy!
Once a Brooklyn Bank, now a grocery store
The first butcher we've seen in NYC

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan August 29th 2013

Today is the last day in New York so we decided our last trip had to be ...Central Park. I wanted a ride in a horse drawn carriage and we thought about the zoo but Jackie isn't keen on smelly animals and Mike wanted to walk along the high line tour which was about a two hour hike which I couldn't manage. In the end we took a cab and hired a carriage and driver to take us for 45minute tour around the park. I was in second heaven as I love horses and this was something on my bucket list. It was a gentle ride through the beauty and peace of Central Park an 843 acre Oasis in the heart of the busy city... if I lived in New York I would be here all ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan August 28th 2013

Harlem is in the northern part of Manhattan known as Uptown. Originally a Dutch village it is now a major African-American residential, cultural and business centre. The Apollo Theatre, which is in Harlem was built in 1913-14 and was originally the home of vaudeville shows; the sort of theatre my dad would have performed in if had he come to the US in his lifetime. After Kerrii came back from taking Grace to her horse-riding lesson (while we looked after Rupert) Kerrii & I headed off leaving Grandpa in charge on the home front. Us girls went to Harlem to buy tickets for Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre; with a saving of $18 per ticket for kids and seniors it was worth buying at the door on the day. From there it was back to ... read more
In the Apollo foyer
Entertainment as patrons settle in
All the contestants at the end of the night

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