Hop on Hop off

Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
Trip End Oct 02, 2011

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Affinia Shelburne

Flag of United States  , New York
Sunday, September 4, 2011

We actually we didn't do too much hopping off – just hopped on and soaked up what there was to see. It was after 10am when I finally woke properly this morning. I had a few hours around 3 to 4 am when I was very wide awake – as was Craig but he seemed to manage to drop off again quicker.  Anyway I got up and had a shower, got dressed and sorted out our suitcases a bit – there’s the way you pack to suit international aeroplanes and the way you pack to suit travelling.

After Craig got up we headed off walking.  The plan was to go to the Gray Line offices on Eighth Avenue – we had already prepaid for All Loops passes but needed to go there and pick up the actual tickets.  So armed with the map from the hotel off we set – just wandering along absorbing all the sights.  Our route took us past Grand Central Station where there was a bit of excitement as they had a film set there and lots of people milling around, with film folks telling us all to move along as they were just about to let off some minor explosives as part of the scene.  Don’t know what the film was.  We then headed along East 42 street past the NY Public Library and meandered into a very beautiful little park called Bryant Park then to Times Square and over Broadway till we reached Eighth Ave.  We found a nice little diner and had ourselves a couple of toasted Paninis and a cappuccino and then got our tickets at Gray Line.  Over the road, joined the queue and hopped on the Uptown Loop tour.  It was a beautiful day – guess the temps would have been around high 20s and we had a good seat on the top deck of the open bus.  Our tour took us past Columbus Circle, the Lincoln Centre, Dakota Apartments (home of John Lennon – pretty close to Strawberry Fields in Central Park – apparently this was why Yoko Ono wanted to stay there – provided she could see Strawberry Fields from their apartment).  Then past the American Museum of Natural History, American Youth Hostel, Cathedral of St John the Divine, Grant’s Tomb, the Apollo Theatre – where many famous names got their start, Central Park Conservatory Gardens, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Art and finally hopped off at Central Park South. From there we walked down Fifth Avenue – home of many designer stores – we were amazed to see people queuing to get in to Abercrombie and Fitch and another surfy store whose name I can’t exactly remember.  By now it was after 4pm and we hadn’t even had a beer for the day so we found a little Irish pub just off Fifth Ave and refreshed ourselves with a couple of glasses of Heineken then walked back to the hotel in Lexington Ave.  We meandered into the market area of Grand Central and to the centre of the station itself – very beautiful. 

We’re now back in our room just resting on the bed – Craig is checking out a new book he’s been chasing – couldn’t get it in Oz before we left but when I spotted Barnes & Noble on Fifth Ave I said we should try there and sure enough he was able to get their last copy!  (Endgame by John Mauldin).  I’m doing this update in Word and I’ll slip down to the Lobby later and update it to Travelpod.  Thank you all for your comments – I’m glad you’re enjoying and your comments inspire me to keep on making regular updates.

The hotel reception gave us a sheet with a list of restaurants in the locality so we’ll suss one of them out tonight. 

Back soon
Love Anni xx
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jen on

I love your travel diaries, almost feel I am there as you describe all the sights.

gail flynn on

Thankyou for all this, Iove to read travelogues
Currently I am in Paris struggling with laptop h
Came to see grandson, then will meet with Jan Harvey in a few days time She leaves on 16th and I then go to Germany and Belgium, then back here and home about 26th?
I walked my feet off today after sorting Metro, wanted to see Jim Morrisoin and Oscar Wilde's graves at Pere Lachaise, which I did Very hard going walking on porfrey roads It was pretty neat and both graves covrfed in dead and alive flowers and lipsticked remarks There are plenty more to see, but the cemetary is HUGE and I couldn't take any more
Weather humid and threatening rain and some unwashed smells emit from Metro passengers in close proximity!! Not so good
Go safely and will read the next instalment
I loved NY, I was there in 1995 and would take myself off every day somewhere new. I was based in Queens and became very familiar with the Subway
Cheers Gail and Jim (the latter is looking after two visitors from UK and Thailand)
until Sept 8th in Peerramon. Patti and Maurice flew to Kyoto yesterday for 9 days.

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