century construction and uses 21 miles of suspension cables!
As we began descending the bridge down in to Manhattan we noticed a huge crowd gathered at the bottom of the bridge. Half way down we heard a bagpiper piping the runners in a marathon across the bridge. We sidled down the side of the bridge as streams of people ran past in the other direction - hilarious.
Once we reached Manhattan, we walked around the World Trade Centre site and grabbed a bite to eat in a small cafe just a few shops up from where the towers used to stand. They had a sign on the wall saying "Medical Station" which had been hastily erected on Sept 11 to help the hordes of people fleeing the area. It was a stark reminder of the enormity of the day as it was easy to imagine people sitting having their morning coffee exactly where we were and then all of a sudden chaos.
We also stopped in at St Pauls, a church one block up from the Towers which survived the collapsing buildings behind it because of the trees that protected it from much of the debris. It became the focal point for the rescue workers who would come there between shifts for refreshments, respite and often comfort.
After an early lunch, we caught the subway up to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx where the NY Yankees were playing the Seattle Mariners. It was a fantastic occasion. There were 45,000 avid fans there, nearly everyone was dressed in Yankees shirts. We had fantastic seats near the home plate and high up with a great view of the whole stadium. It was another hot day but we decided to give the $12 cups of beer a miss! The game was fun to watch - there was a great home run which sent the crowd wild and a marriage proposal on the big screen halfway through.
There was ongoing entertainment throughout the match, during the innings change overs with lots of spot prizes, music and general crowd winding up. The Yankees won 6-2 so it was a happy day for all.
We got home to hear the news that Usain Bolt had won the 100m gold - woohoo! Wish we were in Cayman to celebrate that with everyone!
After a quick, refreshing shower I walked along Central Park (what a hive of activity on a Sunday afternoon!) to visit FAO Shwarz, the scene of the movie 'Big' where Tom Hanks plays on the lifesize piano. It is an amazing toy shop with 3 floors of great toys for kids. Next stop was the M&M Store - another 3 floors of everything M&M. Crazy! Times Square was humming as usual with people everywhere and all sorts of fantastic sights!
We had delicious, authentic NY Pizza (best ever!) as well as a melt in the mouth slice of lemon meringue pie - a fitting final dinner in a city of gastronomical delights at every turn!
We watched a fantastic thunder and lightning show from our 16th floor window (Richard was very happy) and retired for our last night in the Big Apple.
We woke early and jumped on the subway across to Brooklyn. We then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan. It was a lovely morning and we were glad to have gone early before the temperature (and humidity) got too high. The walk was great – there were lots of other people on the bridge – mostly runners and a few on bikes. We had a great view of downtown Manhattan as well as out to the Statue of Liberty. The bridge itself is a great feat of early 20