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Trips so far - AMERICA- New York, New York

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We arrived late into New York City. It was a Saturday night, so the streets were very busy, as for the majority, the night was just starting. I always wanted to come to NYC and one of the reason was because I wanted to see where my dad lived. Before he settled in Sydney, Australia, he moved to New York City from Chile and worked as a pizza delivery boy. It was hard for him, but he made it work and along the way met some really interesting people. One of those people was legendary actor- Frank Langella. Dad delivered a pizza to Mr Langella on a chilly New York night and he was kind enough to give my dad his jacket. Since then dad has lost the jacket, but I think it's a cute story to tell of dad's life as a New Yorker.

We huddled into a cab and sat back as we took in the sights around us. JFK isn't that far from New York, but there was alot of traffic and we didn't make it into our hotel until after midnight. As we switched on the TV, we became aware that there were several road closures due to a suspicious car they had found parked in the middle of Times Square. The cops believed it had a bomb inside of it. We stayed at the New Yorker Hotel, which is located near Madison Square Garden and is about a 20 minute walk to Times Square. I guess it didn't really hit me how lucky we'd been. If we booked a hotel closer to Times Square we would have never been able to check- in. Also, the safety of it all. Had we just dodged a bullet? It's best not to think of the what if's, so our start to our NYC adventure was already an interesting one. The police managed to removed the car with the bomb. However, the police presence was unbelievable and thoughout our entire stay, no matter which way you turned, there was a police patrol unit on duty.

We would spend the next 5 days exploring New York City. The events mentioned are in not particular order as infortunately, I've forgotten what days we did what on. So here goes:

Our first stop was Times Square. It looked awesome during the day and would look twice as awesome at night, with all the lights luminating the city. It was really busy, with crowds everywhere and there was a huge line up to get discount tickets to see the most current Broadway Shows. We then went to the Rocker Feller Centre and found the NBC Studios. Grand Central Station had that old timey feel and was very beautiful inside. The Empire State Building was even taller in real life! The Financial District- Wall St, The 9/11 Memorial, St Peter's Cathedral, Brooklyn, The Seinfeld 'Pizza Nazi store', MoMa, The United Nations, The Apollo Theatre, 5th Avenue, everything, we saw it all!!

Times Square

Times Square

Times Square Cops

Times Square Cops

The best way to get around New York City is by using a hop on/ hop off bus, which is basically a double decker tour bus that lets you get off at certain points and then you just wait for the next one to pick you up. They come very frequently and I think they're great value. We also chose to do the night bus tour (this isn't a hop on bus) It picked us up just outside the M&M store in Time Square at sunset and took us over the Brooklyn Bridge and back. This was a spectacular ride and one I highly recommend.

We went to the lovely Tiffany & Co store, where I bought my sister a beautiful graduation gift. We visited the Famous FAO Schwarz Toy Store and played on the Big Piano (just like Tom Hanks did in BIG) and directly across the road, you have the beautiful, green Central Park. We saw the New York Public Libray (Ghostbusters) and saw many sites of Sex and the City. In fact, whever you walked, I can guarantee that you were walking on a movie set!

the beautiful central park

the beautiful central park

Daniel rowing in central park

Daniel rowing in central park

the big piano

the big piano

We patted the horses and hired bikes and took to riding around the grand park. It was so green and luscious and we spotted squirrels every so often. We brought a packed lunch with us and enjoyed a lovely picnic, just the two of us and a wonderful piece of nature buried in between tall, high, rise buildings.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

The UN

The UN

On the last day, I tracked down dad's old neighbourhood and took a photo for him. It's all changed now, as the shops he mentioned to be before, were no long there. Instead of the italian restaurant and fruit grocer on the side street, there were apartment complexes and boutique stores. It was sad for him when I showed him, but that's life I guess. It's full of change, but I'm glad I got to go back for him.

dads old neighbourhood 63rd and 3rd

dads old neighbourhood 63rd and 3rd

We went to see the Lady of Liberty on Liberty Island. Dad always spoke of her and told me I had to go see her. So we did! We got there early, about 8am to line up. We previously wondered over the day before and the line up was massive!! So lesson learnt, and we were one of the first few in line. While waiting there, we made friends with a tiny, little sparrow and a little squirrel. The squirrel's at Battery Park are very friendly. In fact, there's a squirrel man that feeds them on a daily basis. I didn't catch his name, but he had been going to see them everyday for years and he knows them all! He knows the adult ones and who the new babies are and he even named them. The squirrels were totally cute, and so I made sure I took alot of photos for mum. My mum loves squirrels.

me and my new squirrel friend

me and my new squirrel friend

me and the squirrel

me and the squirrel

The security check before you get onto the ferry headed for Liberty Island is abit severe. It's abit like airport security at LAX! they check your bags and make you go through a metal detector and they make you throw out your liquids. I guess they have to be tight with security, seeing how a few days earlier, we had that bomb scare in Times Square. It's a real shame though, how these people live in fear now.

Anyway, the ride to the Statue of Liberty was a pleasant one. The day was sunny, and beautiful. In fact, this whole trip so far, we've had fantastic weather! We soon got to the dock and we're motioned to get off. Now that we were here, we we're allowed to walk around, take photographs and take in the great view. We didn't go up to her crown, but it felt great being on the Island with her.

Lady of Liberty

Lady of Liberty

The days were going very quick here and by the end of the 2 weeks in America, we were so tired. We fit in as much as we could and saw and did as much as we could. It was well worth it. Although I loved our busy, boom, boom, boom holiday, I was really looking forward to a relaxing week in Miami/ Florida to end our awesome trip here. Daniel had been to Florida for work in the past and always spoke so greatly of it. I wanted to see and experience exactly the same things he had.

We waved goodbye to New York City and embraced Miami ♥

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Posted by chumpette84 16:35 Archived in USA Tagged las_vegas usa virgin mirage

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