Bye Bye America

Trip Start Jul 31, 2013
Trip End Sep 06, 2013

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Flag of United States  , New York
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

  Just one last thing to fit in before we pack our bags and head off to JFK airport to commence our journey home.  Jared gave us a heads up on the things to visit in Central Park and what subway stop to get off at.  72nd Street is one block down from the Dakota Building.  John Lennon lived in this building and sadly died outside of this building.    Almost immediately you pass through the entrance opposite the Dakota Building you come to Strawberry Fields, which is a quiet reflective place dedicated to the memory of John Lennon.  Everyday apparently some one is sitting on one of the benches playing" Imagine".
 It's a beautiful park we joined hundreds of other folks enjoying the lovely warm weather, there were joggers, bikers, dog walkers and just plain old tourist like us taking snaps of the famous sculptures in the park.
 Time was ticking away so we made our way back to the Hotel Stanford, had a shower, packed our bags and headed for the subway.  We had one false start in our bid to take the train all the way to JFK.  The line we had chosen was closed down for repairs at the very point we needed to change tracks.  We decided that it would be easier to double back and start again, as the alternatives were looking a little complicated.  It was pretty plain sailing after we got that small hiccup out the way.
 Our flight to LA from New York was on board Delta Airways.  You have to buy every single thing, there is no complimentary food or drink on this five and a half hour flight.  They even charge $2 for earphones, the cheek.  Our monitors didn't even have sound, I was well pissed off with that airline by the time we got to LA.
 Our flight home on Virgin Australia was un-eventful which is exactly as you want it to be.  I have no complaints about service or staff just a teenie weenie one about having to have banana bread for breakfast because they didn't have any omelette left.  Bugger!
 I always have a renewed appreciation of OZ when returning from abroad, as Dorothy says "There's no place like home".  Especially if you're fortunate enough to call Australia home.         
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How busy was that trip! Rest up now. x x

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