The Big Apple

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

How many titles can you think of to say that we were in New York? The blog insists I put a title to each day amnd I'm running out of ideas.

Had breakfast and took the A Train into NY. We were supposed to get off at Canal St, but the subway was rerouted because of weekend engineering works, so we ended up forther north than we ecpected. Not a serious problem, and it took a lot of other people by surprise, too. Found out on our way home this evening about the engineering works. It takes a lot to understand how foreign systems work!

Wandered through SoHo (South of Houston St) into NoHo (North of somewhere, might be ...) up to Union Square where we met Catherine for Burnch. Had to have Eggs Benedict, what else in New York??? The Americans tend to eat out for breakfast far more than the English do, but its quite a nice habit, could get into it if there was somewhere other than MacDonalds to go to! Catherine took us to show us the HighLine, which is an old disused railway line, built above ground level. The line is disused, so its been turned into a walk way, so you can get a good view of the buildings and things without worrying about the traffic. Really great idea.

Had a drink in a bar as we'd had an early lunch. Then wandered along looking at the various sights. UN building (not a lot going on there!) saw Empire State ($25 to queue for an hour to go up, $45 to jump the queue, so we did neither) and wandered round just soaking things up. Eventually turned for home, caught the A Train again. This time it went just where we expected. Had an enjoyable dinner at Aldo's, where we regaled the young lady who served us with our exploits. Not sure she believed everything we told her!

Milegae driven - absolutely nothing. What a change.

Martin's musica moment:
No,not mine but one of the diversions on the NY metro is that there appears to be no restriction on people riding the trains and attempting to raise money from the pasengers.You pay $2.25 to get on the line and can stay there as long as you like until you use the card to exit the station.So this morning we had the Brooklyn disclocated harmony trio giving us the benefit of their tangled tonsils.They sang to us,blessed us,wished us a happy weekend and generally did what they could to part us from our money.Surprisingly a few parishioners did.As they have for Blind Bob,the lads flogging two packets of M&Ms for a dollar.Sadly the hellfire young preacher last night didn't quite hit it off.
So can we really be riding the "A" train? Was it Duke Ellington?
In the parks there are exercise gardens for dogs and Roger may have featured on his pics the schedule of rules one of which states that if dogs are engaged in a fight,they must be removed "until all parties have calmed down" This must obviously include the owners,or walkers as Catherine informs me that most dogs remain housebound in NYC unless taken out for exercise by professional dog walkers.
Catherine is the delightful daughter of great friends Liz and Charles and cheered us up no end today by giving up her time to show us around.
Tomorrow I can feel an art gallery coming on and Monday I've promised Roger to take him on the Staten Island Ferry - after the exploit in pouring the Pacific seawater in to the Atlantic he misses the sensation of sea spray in his face.Might also take a look at Wall Street and see how the Occupants are getting on - seems to be a media black out on the event if they are still there.Fox News doesn't report much about it,But then that channel is about the most fascist and biased reporting organisation I can recall.

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Sarah Terzeon on

Many congratulations on completing the latest leg of your epic journey! Have been following with interest. You look to be enjoying a well-earned wonderful weekend in NYC. Will update Prebend St Day Centre volunteers on your progress, at our meeting next week. Best wishes from sunny Bedfordshire, Sarah T

sara on

am very pleased that you've reached new york safe and sound and in fine fettle. Well done the pair of you. the grandchildren are waiting for gramps cuddles and for the slide show. thank you for the postcard for dan and i- don't get many of those any more, two short people have stolen their grandparents' hearts!!
bethan spent most the last week laughing and isaac spent most of the last week teleporting the food on his plate into his stomach- seemingly instantly. we're missed being able to read your blog and feel much better now we're all caught up, and just in time too.
hope the flight home is straightforward and very much look forward to your return.

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