New York, New York
Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
78Trip End Aug 16, 2010
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We were very lucky and extremely grateful to Liz's great friend Jayne, who for the second time on our trip, came up trumps by getting us a stupendous package at The Lowell hotel in East Manhattan. Arriving by cab, our numerous backpacks were dumped onto the sidewalk and the Doorman never even batted an eye as he loaded them up onto the trolley. The hotel is a gorgeous five star boutique one and we had a suite with Issy and Ady in the lounge and Liz and I in the King room – luxury that gave us a real treat to end our travels. We celebrated by all jumping onto the king size bed together (We did wait until the porter had departed with our complimentary drinks order no less!) It’s great location meant that we could easily walk around through Central Park and down to Times Square and we caught the Subway to south Manhattan
Lunch at Katz’s deli was great fun. It is famous for the scene in the film, When Harry met Sally. You know, when Meg Ryan delivers her five minute appreciation of a good time, had by her and her alone! The portions were humungous and the buzz was terrific as we ate away through our sandwiches.
I was fairly non-plussed about visiting the Twin Towers site but it was a surprisingly sobering time in the memorial centre and very interesting for the kids to learn about it, as of course, we had forgotten that they were too young to actually remember any of it. Liz actually recalls sitting with Audrey (our friend from Paris) and the kids in her house in the suburbs of Paris, when the devastating tragedy happened, I on the other hand was just about to board a plane at Frankfurt airport
Perhaps it was travel fatigue but in fact it was nice just to wander around the city without a big agenda as to what we had to see on the tourist route. We absently passed by Carnegie Hall, Grand Central Station, Radio City and other notable buildings. We also thoroughly enjoyed the gymnasium at the Lowell and just chilling in the room having our home made 5 star breakfasts bought at a local super market!
On our last day we were entertained in Central Park by street dancers, home theatre acting, artists and musicians all awaiting a buck or two. Aidan was desperate to visit the Natural History museum so we did a fascinating tour of the special exhibition called 'follow me through the race’, all about the British and Norwegian teams race to reach the South Pole first. We did the obligatory photo with ‘Gumbo’ from Easter Island the huge statue out of the film ‘A night at the museum’ because this is where it was shot. We picked up all our rucksacks and were loaded into a New York yellow cab only for the driver to say " I don’t know where Newark Airport is, can you take another taxi". “@#&% @££*” was my response, but this fella clearly didn’t want to go and clearly wasn’t going to move, so we had to load into another. New York cabbies are just the best!
As our last stop on our journey, New York was a great finale but one that on one hand impressed us with it’s size and busyness but at the same time surprised us by the all too often rudeness that big cities nurture so well. (Who says that Parisians are the worst, we don’t!)