Rain Rain Go Away - Day 1 New York

Trip Start Apr 06, 2012
Trip End Jun 11, 2012

Flag of United States  , New York
Sunday, April 22, 2012

OMG it is freezing, I don't know what the temperature is, probably around 10 degrees and windy and raining constantly.  It was so nice yesterday afternoon, everyone out in Times Square in shorts and tshirts.  It went from summer to winter overnight.

We wanted to get out of the hotel early and get our sightseeing started but we had a rough night with Mitchell and his sore legs, so it was a late start around 10am. Yes, it was cold and rainy all day, but we had the super duper New York City Passes that Peter organised for us all and we were going to make the most of it.  Besides we all have rain jackets anyway so off we went.

First stop was Madam Tussauds and bonus it was warm inside so we could dry off after our walk there. Lots of photos and 4 levels of famous people to photograph and decide who looked the most like they did in real life.  Surprisingly I think PDiddy won that one, although no photo for him.

After lots of photos it was off to the Intrepid Sea and Air Museum.  It is acutally the USS Intrepid (aircraft carrier) that has been turned into a docked museum down at one of the Piers. We went through the USS Grommer submarine first which was very cramped but interesting then into the USS Intrepid.  It was good for kids because you get to touch things and sit in things and the boys like planes etc so that was fun.  The flight deck where most of the aircraft were, was out in the rain but we braved the rain and got some photos and looked at the all the aircraft that were once in use.

We decided to get a cab to the Empire State Building.  It would have take us at least 40 mins to walk and by now the rain was heavier and unrelenting, so we had our first cab ride. All the porters on the ride up to the 86th floor kept warning us it was zero visibility up there but we didn't mind because there were NO LINES!   On a sunny  clear day you can wait literally hours in line to get to the top and we breezed through.  Yes the view was less than perfect, but as the clouds parted from time to time in the wind, you could get a view of each side of the island to each of the rivers.

We stopped for lunch after the Empire State Building and got something warm to eat. Mitchell by now was very tired and cold, and needed to get back to the room for a hot bath and bed.  I think he has caught the cold I have had since Plymouth. 

A couple of movies later and Dad snuck out to get hot chocolates and cookies for us at the Starbucks across the road.  A good, but wet and tiring day, lets hope tomorrow the rain lets off and we stay a bit drier.
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GRAN/Mother/DD on

Fantastic photos Tarnya. Bet you are so glad you packed those jackets Peter - pity you didn't take gloves as well by the look of that "snow like" atomsphere up at the top of the Empire State Building.

When Peter was Mitchell's age, he used to get those growing pains also and we used to rub his legs to help him go to sleep but also, we used to play him classical music when helped put him to sleep and low and behold, in yesterday's (Sunday's) paper they had a 2 page story saying that Scandavian studies have discovered that playing children classical music eased and even helped heal their pain. Others types of music were also purported to heal and relieve other types of Adult and Child/Infant pains. So, you could try music (particular a music her prefers, it said) while you rug his legs - rubbing I find myself definately works for me when I get sciatica- the only thing is that you have to rub hard which hurts so it rubs/breaks up the tightness so ... Youi learnt Massage Tarnya so you could massage while listening to music. Otherwise, just give children's panadol or children's strength Austio panadol - it works


Hey boys - how about that "BIG" lego !

Jenny on

Wow looks like you had loads of fun in NYC despite of the bad weather. Geoff convinced me there was nothing to see at Madam Tussauds so I didn't end up going when I was there! He must have missed the entrance... Oh yes I love Robert Pattinson as well!

Jennifer Bates on

HI all wow what fantastic photos just a thought for mitchell legs is a vitamin calcium and magnesium combined as it helps to absorb both when combined any pharmacy health food shop should have it and 1 a day in the morning helps with sleeping as well. Have a lovely time Ethan and Keesha say HI HI x

lynn on

hi Tarnya glad to you are all having a fantastic time!!!!
we are missing you here .
take care love lynn ,georege and patrick xxxx oh and bob x

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