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January 14th 2016
Published: January 26th 2016
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Kathlea dropped us off at the bus station, which was a great help with our luggage, and then it was just a short wait till we departed on a Peter Pan bus. It was very roomy, comfortable and had free wifi all the way!! It was an express route, so after just one more stop just out of DC we had 4 hrs of bus trip to get to NYC. Once there we were dropped off just 8 blocks from our hotel, so a short walk and we were checking into the Hilton Garden Inn – right in the middle of it all. We dumped our bags and went for a walk through times square as it was right there!! Out and about we got tickets to see Chicago tonight. It was a toss up between Chicago and Wicked, but most shows were ‘dark’ tonight (that means not showing). So Chicago it was. Very pleased with the location of our hotel. It’s only a block away from most of the major theatres and 2 blocks from times square. There is a big police presence in Times Square and one feels very safe walking around at night. It’s so lit up, there are no dark, hiding spots anyways! Great little Chinese restaurant right opposite the hotel…had great dumplings and amazing soup for dinner.


Let’s go explore New York!! Big Bus tour tickets purchased last night so we started on that. Got off at Battery park and caught the included boat trip out to Liberty Island to see the ‘girl’. She is so impressive close up. We had about an hour on the island before the boat came back and took us further on to Ellis Island. We didn’t know what was here…as it turns out, a museum all about early immigration. We didn’t stay too long, just until the next boat came and took us back to battery park. The last time I was here, the twin towers were still there, rising up above all the other buildings. This time, the NY skyline, looked very different. I’d like now to find my last pics of the skyline and compare them both. We walked back to the 9/11 memorial and spent some time there, before jumping back on the bus..this time the blue line out to Brooklyn. Back on the circuit, on the red line and back to our hotel. The circuits are between 1-2 hrs so it was dark by the time we got back. But then it never seems dark in Times Square!!

Well, time then to do the yellow line…the night sights tour. This one was also and hour, but took a different route (mostly..still went out to Brooklyn) to where we’d been before and it was beautiful seeing the city at night. We had a drive by David Bowie’s house where a candlelight vigil had started. Phew..what a big day!!


Last day in NY. Ok, so we took the blue line bus trip, all the way out around Central Park and as far as Harlem. We sat out on the top deck as that’s where you get the best views…but boy were we iceblocks by the end. The tour guide was surprised and impressed that us and another couple lasted the distance. At one stage we were driving past the ‘ice bar’ and it’s big sign out the front says -5 inside. The tour guide laughed and told us we should go inside as it was -7 out here…without wind chill factor!!! Hmm good idea I was thinking.

After the bus ride, Phil decided we should check out another show. Hey, I wasn’t going to argue…so we got tickets to Wicked. We first went to the theatre and checked prices and then to the ‘discount tickets’ place. But he couldn’t do better than the theatre was offering. So we went back and bought tickets 11 rows from the front. Then to fill in time before the show…we were just sauntering through times square…as you do when you’re in NY.

The show was brilliant. I’ll never think of The Wizard of Oz in the same way again. It’s just brilliantly done.!!

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