After a well earned sleep, we made our way in to Manhatten on the train which took us right in to Grand Cental.
The weather was gorgeous and so we decided a picnic in Central Park would be nice.
We had a walk around and saw acrobatic dance groups, games of baseball, people rowing on the lake, lots of cyclists and joggers and even couples having wedding photos taken!
One guy was taking his cycling too seriously and we laughed out loud as he screamed at the cyclist in front who was taking his leisurely time "GET LEFT, LEFT! GET LEFT!"
We caught the Subway down to Ground Zero to see what had changed since our last visit, but you can't see much. Still looks like a building site with not much happening but apparently the foundations for the new World Trade Center are in there! We then went up to Times Square and got a huge slice of pizza for dinner. Even though we had both seen it all before, you can't get over the size, colour and energy of Times Square.
Ann-Marie had the next day off work, so we picked Molly up and drove in to Manhattan for a few hours. Molly insisted we look in Saks for the Ugg boots that she knew I wanted, but sadly they didnt have any :( Uggs are not upmarket enough for Saks we realised as we looked (and I drooled!) at the Louboutin heels for $899! People were actually buying them tho - and they say there is a credit crunch?! Anyway, we then had a walk around the Rockefeller centre where they still had the ice skating rink set up and then we went for a nice dinner.
Then it was back to Ann-Marie's to wait for Luke's other second cousin Michael to arrive from Rhode Island after his day at work!
The next day was Saturday and our big day out so it was early to bed for us. In the morning we caught the train to Manhattan again and then a taxi to the west side of town to catch the boat ride around Manhattan. The weather was great but the wind was strong on the boat so we were glad we brought jumpers! The boat ride was great and it was good to see the sights from a different viewpoint.
After we got back on to dry land, we headed straight for the TKTS booth in Times Square where you can get tickets for Broadway shows for each evening upto 50% cheaper than at the box office. They say its pretty much luck of the draw what will be available when you get to the front of the queue and unfortunately, I'd say we lost! The show that we fancied seeing only had single tickets so we asked what else was available - the only one under $70 was 'The Philanthropist' starring Matthew Broderick. We thought - Matthew Broderick...The Producers...Good Show - so we'll go with that then! It turned out to be a play, not the musical spectacular that I was after, and the plot left something to be desired! There was a small silver lining however as, in the audience about 2 metres away, was our first celebrity spotting - Sarah Jessica Parker herself cheering on her husband in his boring play! After the show we went for a few drinks at 'New York's only Scottish Bar' where there was a live band playing celtic music, Very nice!
I must insert an important piece of information at this stage and confirm that inbetween buying the tickets and seeing the show I did manage to get my hands on a pair of Tall Classic Chestnut Ugg boots for $180. Thats about 130 quid including all the tax etc.Woo-hoo!
So, anyway! Sunday brought about the FA Cup Semi Final - Everton v Man Utd. Me v Luke. Bring it on! We found an Irish bar not too far from Ann-Marie's that was showing the game and we headed down there for kick off at 11am! Im sure you all know how the game ended, lets just say Luke wasn't a happy bunny but I was made up! We'll be in Lima for the final though, so I'm not sure if we'll get to see it.
After the game, we went for dinner with Ann-Marie, Molly and Michael at Rory Dolan's, a big Irish Pub/Restaurant nearby.
Once our bellies were full, we packed up our stuff and got a lift off Michael up to Providence in Rhode Island to see what New England had to offer....
After a 7 1/2 hour flight we were met at the airport by Luke's second cousin Ann-Marie (the star!) who gave us a lift to her apartment in Tuckahoe, 30 mins north of downtown Manhattan, which soon became our home from home! It was only 3pm in New York when we made it through customs although it was 8pm to us, but the adrenaline from all the excitement kept us going. We went to pick up Molly, Luke's great Aunt, who is a total character and went for something to eat at...The Cheesecake Factory! mmm! As we tucked in to our huge club sandwich & cheeseburger and drank from our bottomless soft drinks, we knew we had arrived in the States!