Avenue to see the Rockefeller Centre. We caught the elevator up to the 69th
floor and had fantastic 360 degree view of New York City. It was amazing to see the whole city laid out in front of us and the map they gave us was great in naming everything we could see.
After a bite to eat (I have never seen so many food places – they are EVERYWHERE you go – never a chance to go hungry!) Rich caught the subway back to the coolness of the hotel where Michael was waiting and I went further downtown to Whitehall where I caught the Staten Island Ferry. This was a half hour ride that took us right past the Statue of Liberty. It was great to see such a famous icon and touching to think of the thousands of immigrants to whom she meant the beginning of their new lives and dreams of a better future.
Being an expert on the subways now (!) I caught the express train back to our hotel in record time and we got ourselves ready for our next adventure – a Broadway Show. We went to the matinee performance of Mary Poppins at the Amsterdam theatre on Broadway. It was spectacular! The theatre itself was glorious – original architecture, grand and beautiful.
The stage design and sets were fantastic and the cast were brilliant! The stage-show had several adaptations to the original film with some extra songs and slight tweaks to the story but all our favourite songs were there and we thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a standing ovation at the end and our hands were sore from clapping so loudly!
After dropping Michael back at the hotel, Richard and I went down to the madness and mayhem that is Times Square. There were more people there than I think I have ever seen in one place before. A seething mass of humanity all going madly about their business amongst the neon lights and full on vendors trying to make a dollar. We walked about for a while and then found a spot in the shade and had a brilliant time people watching.
While Richard went to get dinner to take home, I popped in to a huge department store that sells designer gear at half price or less. I was awesome and I managed to find a couple of great bargains.
Another great day in New York – what an experience!