New York, New York

Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
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Trip End Aug 16, 2010


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Thursday, August 19, 2010

We started out eleven and a half months ago landing in Delhi, one of the biggest and busiest cities in India. We have finished this leg of the Cawley Adventure in New York, one of the biggest and busiest in the world. Two great contrasts between the supposed modern world and the ancient past providing a thought provoking and fascinating comparison.

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. We did of course the ubiquitous trip up to the top of The Rockefeller Building to get a birds-eye view of The Empire State Building and 360 degrees of the city. We took the ferry out to The Statue of Liberty where we encountered possibly the rudest, most astonishingly angry people we have met on the entire trip who were staffing  the security check for the entry onto the boat. Fortunately our time at the little copper lady was more relaxing although we only just missed a New York thunderstorm by the skin of our teeth.

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. Both seem like an age ago now.

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!)
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Ian Kirkwood on

Its the end of an incredible journey! Brilliant blogs,enjoyed reading them and seeing where you have been. The fantastic places you have seen will live long in the memory for you and us! Great to see you all are safe and sound but Ady ,you must do the "viking burial" of that IPood tee! Ian & Col

Julia on

Congratulations guys on this awesome (and brave) adventure. We were so privileged to have been a very tiny link in the travels. We've loved reading your blogs and looking at your hundreds of fabulous photos. We are all waiting to hear what happens in the next adventure. Where will the Cawley's end up? I'm pushing for San Diego!!!!

Lot's of love and enjoy staying put for at least a few months.

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