New York New York!

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
Trip End Mar 13, 2011

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Visit Manhatten Apartments E73 and York

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 1 of our New York experience was a very wet and windy one. The streets were littered with broken umbrellas - our one that we inherited from Mel on the Middle Eastern trip didn't last either. After a much needed sleep we headed off on foot to our first destination, Grand Central Station. On the way to the station we stopped off first at Starbucks for a nice Venti cup of Peppermint Hot Chocolate! Grand Central station is one of, if not the biggest stations in the world with so many platforms and lines running into the 42nd street location. The roof is a starry sky with astrology signs and the main concourse is a very wide open meeting point with people moving in all directions. It was also a great refuge from the rain!

We decided then to stick underground and out of the dampness and took the tube downtown to Union Square in the faint hope that the Wednesday market may have been running. It wasn’t and they were preparing for Christmas, however we did see the Lincoln and Washington statues before continuing on to City Hall and the federal plaza.

Feeling a little peckish and still somewhat out of timezone we stopped off in china town for lunch – BBQ pork and roast duck on rice, one of Lee-Sia’s favourites, before heading back uptown to some more easy to reach spots. The key was to be able to stick your head out of the tube and not travel far, so we stopped at 23rd St and Broadway to look at "The Flatiron" the first skyscraper (came out of the tube alongside it but we were facing the flat side of it, so for a minute or two we were wondering where on earth it was!) then Herald Square where we popped into Macy’s and walked around to Seventh Avenue to see Madison Square Garden. By now the wind was amazing and we were struggling to stand up straight as well as getting soaked. We then took the metro up to Columbus Circle and took refuge in the Time Warner Centre, although all the shops were way too pricey for us! Last stop of the day was at the New York Library and a quick snap of the Chrysler building before heading back to the Upper East Side where our apartment is.

Still feeling rather shattered from a hectic 2 weeks we decided to call it a night and organised our bus rides for our trips to Philadelphia and Washington before a pasta meal. Unfortunately we now have some other people in the rooms next door and have to share the apartment’s bathroom and kitchen. Tomorrow the weather forecast is better, but maybe colder. Lets hope we can tick off the main sites we want to do!
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