Something about a big apple?

Trip Start Dec 28, 2007
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Trip End Aug 28, 2008


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Monday, July 28, 2008

Da- da- da d da, da- da- da d da...... start spreadin' the ooze.... Everthing in the US comes with bloody cheese - and it's not even good cheese, it's squeezy, off-yellow American processed stuff that really is not nice! Anyway, rant over. Now for something divvy but funny. We (well, Chris mainly) managed to leave something behind in Chicago which we thought about leaving as a present but Chris' mobile phone is probably more use to us than the bedroom of a hotel? Just before we were about to board our flight at O'Hare he realised he had left it and a small amount of panic ensued. But help was at hand! Claire approached two JetBlue employees to ask how we could get the phone number of the hotel at which point one of them pulls out his new iPhone, finds it on Google and dials it, oh and then proceeds to disappear onto the aircraft. Thanks to a helpful employee back in Chicago the phone turned up the following day at our hotel in New York by overnight FedEx - how good is that?! Anyway, it wasn't until we got to our seats that we realised we had used the Captain's phone - what a very very nice man. We thanked him of course.


Once at JFK we hoped into a shuttle and after an hour tour of all the terminals we made it out towards Manhatten where the driver did some nifty traffic dodging. One noticeable thing is that there are so many taxis, and also so many dumb people who walk infront of them! We checked into our hotel on 8th Avenue and took a walk down to Times Square, the 'Crossroads of the World' to take in the sights of the Theater District and glittering plasma screens. We also found out that we were staying very near to a Fire Station where, nearly every hour if not more often, an appliance comes racing out onto the streets making one hell of a blasting noise. Fun to watch but glad that the hotel has good double-glazing so that the noise is blocked out!


Our first full day in the city took us on a walk around Midtown. First stop was the United Nations building on the east side having marvelled at the glass skyscraper belonging to Mr Trump. We continued with a look at the Chrysler Building's motor car motifs from ground level and then on to Grand Central Station to look at the vaulted main concourse and the 'God's Eye' image on the ceiling. Most of the day was then taken up in a 2 hour queue, sorry, 'line', to get to the viwing deck of the Empire State Building which was definitely worth the wait. A well earned pint followed in the micro-brewery next door before heading along 5th Avenue for a look at the shops and then a walk back to the hotel via Madison Square Garden.


Saturday was definitely a quieter day outside but all the tourists were out in force in lower Manhatten! We got on the subway down to the piers and took a Staten Island Ferry across the water to take a closer look at the Statue of Liberty (which seems smaller than we thought). Once back in the Financial District we took a walk to Ground Zero, the construction site of the former Twin Towers, and sat for a while with a whirly ice-cream to remember the events of 9/11. After a glimpse of the hole that is left by the absence of the two members of the New York skyline we got back on the subway and over to Brooklyn where we took a walk in the park and then headed back over the bridge. It is starting to show signs of disrepair but when you take into account that when it was built it was the world's first steel suspension you let it off for looking a little old. We then headed back to get ready for our evening at the theatre as after some dinner we headed to the New Amsterdam to see Mary Poppins on stage. We were thinking of seeing it in London but what the heck, we may as well see it on Broadway! It was a great night out in a quaint theatre, and although some of the songs are different and adapted from the original film it was entertaining and funny with a modern touch. Even leaving was fun as we made our way throught the crowds that line the pavements outside.


Our last day had a 'Sunday' feel as we spent a few hours walking around Central Park enjoying the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We stopped off a several points including Strawberry Fields and the Lake to sit and enjoy the cooler temperature whilst watching New Yorkers and tourists mingling in the busy but relaxing surroundings. We even managed to find a jazz trio playing with a strange man dancing on his three-wheeled roller skates for a bit of entertainment, oh, and a couple out walking their parrotts (see pictures)?! Apart from a quick detour to take a look at the Carnegie Concert Hall we headed back to Midtown just avoiding the thunderstorm that had been threatening. We did the American thing and hid in a Starbucks, tried some strange new coffee mochiato thing with caramel and watched everyone else get drenched as they scrambled for plastic ponchos, he he.
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pdaley
pdaley on

USA eastcoast
Hi Chris and Claire, it's so good to hear from you guys . You sure are having a great time travelling. I agree, the cheese is bad :-). Good news you got your phone back, the Americans can be very hospitable. Well, over here in the UK the weather has been holding out and it's been pretty hot for the past week or so, walking around in t-shirts early morning and late at night. Continue to enjoy yourselves, you always bring excitement when i see your emails :-). See you, Peter

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