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North America » United States » New York » Long Island September 21st 2014

Travels with Snowbirds, September 11 2014 to September 16 2014, Mineola High School Class of 1964 50thReunion Greetings regular readers and welcome new ones. This blog is a little different than most as it is not really a Snowbird trip for a winter break in FL, but a (newly) southern lady’s trip out of the deep south into the north for her 50th High School reunion. Its purpose is to share the memories with both the classmates who attended and who were unable to join us, and share the fun with my regular readers. Enjoy. Thursday September 11 2014 Wilmington NC to Cinnaminson NJ A memorably sad day to be travelling. Flags hung from many overpasses along the way, and I even saw more than a few overpasses in NYC that had fire trucks and police ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens September 14th 2014

Over two years ago me and my husband Scotty moved from San Francisco, CA to his native New York. In these last two years he keeps telling me: Soon, we will move back to California. It's not that I don't like New York, the seasons are so romantic and I've made some wonderful friends. But to be honest, I do miss my native California. About two months ago we decided to move in October! We got the blessing from his mom to drive the family's Kia Sedona from Queens to Los Angeles. We could do a straight shot- but wouldn't it be more fun to stop in different places along the way? I think our trip will take about a month. We love yoga so the plan is to visit one or two yoga studios in ... read more
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North America » United States » New York September 7th 2014

Another beautiful sunny day in New York. Took the subway over to High St, Brooklyn with the plan to walk back over the bridge to Manhattan. What a treat! The boardwalk for pedestrians is raised above the 2 lines of traffic, and the views are spectacular. When we reached the other side of the bridge we watched an impromptu street break- dancing show. These guys are amazing. They have a funny witty banter as well as doing some amazing and daring moves. A lot more fun as a New York experience than going to a show on Broadway. Fred is putting a video of the performance on his You Tube channel - search 'FandF' Snack lunch by the fountain and modern sculptures based on Liberty outside City Hall before taking the subway north. We got off ... read more
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North America » United States » New York September 6th 2014

Yesterday we travelled from Niagara Falls, NY to Clayton NY which is in upper Northwest NY on the St. Lawrence River and in the 1000 Islands Area. Yesterday Jim thought it would be nice to take the "scenic tour" along Lake Ontario. Well, we saw a lot of scenery. Something I didn't think that I would see was lots of apple and peach orchards. Also, lots of fields of cabbages, tomatoes, and sweet corn. I thought it would be too far north to grow these. We went through lots of small towns and many had roadside stands selling fruits and vegetables. The peaches that I saw were so big and looked wonderful. We didn't stop as it is difficult to find parking for 4 RV's along a country road. We wandered over the countryside but had ... read more
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Boldt Castle Power House

North America » United States » New York September 6th 2014

Today it was not sunny. Our first dull looking day. Walked out to have a look at some of the famous mid Manhattan buildings......1st stop Macy's. Fred needed a sun hat incase the weather improved, as he is tied to orange or green clothing when wearing his Ireland cap. He decided an inoffensive white would not clash with any of his clothes. A NY Yankees cap with white stitching on a white background was eventually chosen, and then they offered to personalise it for a few bucks more. So we ended up with a Yankeess cap tagged with 'Fred Long. Millwall.' After this we checked out the Public Library, Grand Central Station, Chrysler Building, and UN headquarters.... read more
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North America » United States » New York September 5th 2014

Another hot sunny day. We took the subway all the way out to Coney Island, which is about an hour's ride. We were amazed by the cheap ptice of $2.5 each. (and this with air conditioning and seats.) Coney Island is NY's answer to Margate or Leysdown....but better. There is a great long sandy beach with a boardwalk running all alongside. People cycling, skateboarding and strolling along the boardwalk. Sands packed with bathers and kite flyers. Atlantic seems refreshingly cool on a hot day. Scary rides in Luna Park. Lots of stalls selling all the fast foods and icecream you can imagine. I have to say....this is what I call a seaside resort! The only thing that is so so sad to see, is young men in wheelchairs, amputees and disabled, probably war veterans... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York September 4th 2014

Fred : Another great day started with us aiming for 82nd Street on the Subway but, after jumping on the express, we ended up in Harlem's 125th Street! Anyway we eventually walked across Central Pk, just under the reservoir, toward th Guggenhein Museum. Transpired it doesn't open on a Thursday so we went a few blocks down the Eastside to the Met Museum of Art and what a treat that was, especially the American Wing. The roof terrace boasted a gr8 view but it was above the trees so like looking at broccoli in front of lego. The meal we had was all weighed before payment! After the Met we went across to the John Lennon memorial and Dakota building. Signs everywhere asking for respect to those people who just wanted a moment of contemplation, as ... read more
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North America » United States » New York September 3rd 2014

Fran After the Staten Island ferry we walked up through the financial centre until we came to the 9/11 memorial. This is right beside the new World Trade Centre or Freedom Tower. The place was calm quiet and dignified. A place for contemplation. The memorial is massive, all made of black marble and has water cascading in a steady even flow down from the sides into a black hole in the centre. It is surrounded by trees and benches.... read more
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North America » United States » New York September 3rd 2014

FranVery hot again. We started walking down through town, then turned right to follow the river side and enjoy some cool river breeze. Lovely green landscaped park all along the bank of the Hudson. Fantastic views of the new World Trade Centre, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and New Jersey. Playgrounds, water sprinklers and sculpture artworks all adding interest. Then we took the Staten Island free ferry across the water and enjoyed the fine close up view of Liberty and of Manhattan.... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York September 2nd 2014

A day full of pleasant surprises I'm glad to say. Journey to Heathrow exactly 2 hours as planned. Missed Phil and Nick as their San Fran flight was from T2 and we were in T3. A tricky moment at check-in as computer didn't recognise me for about 10 mins then the supervisor pushed a few buttons and we allowed thru. They had us sitting in different rows so we asked 'special arrangements' if we could sit together as it was our annivesary, they then found 2 seats up stairs and a couple of glasses of Champers. Flight was faultless then subway to Penn Station for our AirBnB accom. Fantastic 6th floor apartment overlooking 8th Avenue. The roof terrace has views of both Empire State and the new World Trade Centre building. We are at the back ... read more




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