We visited Dumbo!!!!!

Trip Start Aug 15, 2009
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Hostel 104

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Top of tha morning to ya, this mornings mission was to check out the Brooklyn Bridge as the weather was great. So after breakfast we jumped on the subway downtown getting off funnily enough at the Brooklyn Bridge stop on the Manhattan side. Here you walk out of the subway and literally across the street is the bridge, its that simple. So we just casually strolled up the bridge, making sure to stay in the right lane. As the walk way which runs in between and raised up from the 6 lanes of traffic is split into 2, one for the bikes and one for the pedestrians which is fine and a good idea but with so many tourists walking the bridge there's always overflow into the bike lane and they get very territorial of it. Again I don't blame them and nobody wants to get hit by a bike but sometimes you've just got to slow down when there's a large volume of people in a small area. The view was much better than the last time i did it simple because of the blue skies, it gave the pictures a great contrast from the Grey of the bridge and bright blue of the sky. Where last time I walked it the weather was  cloudy and the light was really flat so the pictures looked really flat  and no amount of Photo-shop touching up could improve the pictures. We enjoyed the walk and stopped regularly so LJ could read the notice boards full of information, we found out the bridge was finished 100 years before I was born which makes it even more impressive. We carried on walking into Brooklyn and headed underneath the bridge and double backed on ourselves to try take some pictures of the bridge from the water front but the park was closed for some reason so I took a couple of shots before walking around  the surrounding area of Dumbo which made LJ chuckle. Its been smartened up since the last time I was there and we found a great little pizza place for some lunch and a coffee to warm up. Just outside the door I re took another photo i did last time, apologies if I keep writing about last time but for me I am covering the same ground which is great because I know my way around and i can take some better pictures now I have a better camera with me than last time. The photo was looking through the upright of the Manhattan Bridge at the Empire State Building, again it really helps having the bright blue sky. From here we headed up the hill to the subway station to take us under the river this time and get us back on our subway line to take us homeward bound. We got back to the hostel and packed our big backpacks up with everything just leaving out enough for 3 days worth of stuff as thats all we're going to take to Washington. So we loaded our big packs on our backs and headed outside to going down to Tony and Val's apartment which is just down town from us, we were going to take the subway but got lazy half way to the subway carrying our big bags and jumped in a cab instead. Which turned out a good idea and saved a lot of hassle and only cost a couple of bucks as it was just straight down the same street. We got signed into their building and headed up the elevator to their lovely apartment, we dumped our huge bags at the door and chilled  out chatting with for a while with Tony and Val. We finished off our slide show for them, which was good as I think we'll become pro's at it when we get back. After the photos we decided to head out and catch a movie thats just come out this weekend called Shutter Island, to make even better one of Val's friends was a producer on the movie which is cool. Most of my mates are just lineys in the RAF or ex-RAF. As it was the opening weekend the cinema was packed but we managed to find a couple of seats in different parts of the cinema so at least the partners weren't separated. The film was a little slow at times but i liked it, it got mixed reviews from everyone else. I think its the type of film you need to watch a couple of times to pick up on all the clues. So the question is did he start out as a mad man or did he become one??? After the cinema we headed to a different Italian Restaurant where Val and Tony were meeting some other friends, we didn't want to get in the way but they asked us to join them which was really nice. We didn't feel dressed up enough but what the heck this is New York right, I could put my hair in a Mohawk and wear black make up and not get looked at twice. There was a slight mix up with the table reservation but we all got seated in thee end and the food was gorgeous really great Italian food. The other people were a couple called Ellen and David, they were a nice couple who were chatty and liked listening to our stories from traveling. David is a home bird  and hasn't really explore much which is fine if he's happy with that but talked of someday going to Italy where his family are from. While Ellen has traveled alot through her work and even done some exploring with Val in the past. We had a great evening and chatting with new people, its always great having local knowledge when it comes to eating out as well because all the places we have been the food has been delicious and not expensive but we would never of found them without them taking us there so thanks for that guys. Tom as I said earlier we head off to the Capitol for a few days so if you don't hear from us its probably because we haven't found the Internet or maybe having dinner with my mate Obama or as I call him Mr B.
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