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Published: June 21st 2017
One World Trade Centre
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Geo: 40.7528, -73.9853
Our first full day in New York, so very exciting. Unfortunately, our eldest daughter had a dreadful cold, so she was a little down, but soldiered on anyway. After the complimentary buffet continental breakfast served in the 2nd floor lounge, we headed out into a sunny but bitterly cold, windy day.
We started by catching the subway down towards the 9/11 Memorial. The morning was spent viewing the Reflecting Pools, and the Survivor Tree. We decided not to go into the museum as we had a thirteen year old with us and everything we had read said it wasn't advisable for under 16s. The whole area had a haunting feeling of sadness about it.
Our next stop was Battery Park. Here the force of the wind was really felt. Even though we were rugged up with thermals, ski jackets, scarves, gloves and hats it was icy. But we got our first view of the Statue of Liberty. While amazing, it seemed so much smaller than we all expected.
After Battery Park we headed towards Wall Street, stopping for photos of the Charging Bull on the way. We all really enjoyed touring Federal Hall, with its history of being the place
Reflecting Pool at World Trade Centre
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where George Washington was sworn in. We also loved the beautiful Trinity Church.
We were so cold so we headed to the local Bluestone Lane coffee shop where we were able to finally purchase a decent, Melbourne style cup of coffee. None of us were fans of American coffee and it was quite difficult to get anything similar to the Italian style espressos and lattes that we are all used to.
Lunch was at Fraunces Tavern, an historical gastro pub, where I ate a delicious steak sandwich.
We hopped back on the subway to Union Square park. The next hour or so was a lengthy walk towards Madison Square Park and the New York Public Library. We loved our glimpses of the Empire State Building and the Flat Iron Building along the way. We also all really enjoyed the various smaller parks in New York. After touring the Library, we spent some time watching the skaters in Bryant Park before walking back to our hotel, passing the beautifully lit up St Patrick's Cathedral along the way.
Dinner that night was at Papillon Bistro, just up the road from the Hotel Elysee. We walked in and it was incredibly noisy, but 11 of us
Survivor Tree at World Trade Centre
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had a reserved table and we all loved our meals. Noisy doesn't matter so much when you are a group of 11!
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