Miss Liberty

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Flag of United States  , New York
Monday, March 12, 2007

Crawling out of bed late we were a little slow in getting going this morning not helped by another subway detour as we still tried to get to grips with the ant nest like subway subway system. Think some of these stations need a subway within them just to get you across the station.

With Shelly on subway map deciphering duty we arrived at Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan getting a clear view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island which we were aiming for. A cold short boat crossing later we were standing before the big green lady herself (not the green M&M girl) taking silly posing photos and looking for around for an ice-cream to fill in for the torch.

Island hopping we jumped over to Ellis Island pleasantly surprised at the wealth of information here all about the millions of immigrants that had passed through it's doors with it being easy to lose a whole day here.

It seemed somewhat appropriate to follow up our time there with a dive into Chinatown a huge bustling place crammed with little eateries and shops most selling those I 'heart' NY t-shirts at 6 for $10. Also a great place to pick up cheap authentic looking Asian gifts for people back home if you've been traveling the world and still not got them anything. "I've been carrying that all the way from Shanghai for you!"

Nearby or in fact almost encircled by the encroaching Chinatown was the aptly named Little Italy being just a few streets in size but still crammed with plenty of Italian flavour and best of all restaurants.

Continuing our neighborhood assault of New York we moved onto Soho, somewhat different to it's London counterpart full of trendy (expensive) little shops. Wandering around the city it really does have an amazing energy about it unlike any other city I've been to been both vibrant and safe yet full of character, and yellow taxi cabs.

I love NY!
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