The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

I promise that I will run out of Playschool titles soon...

Thank you to all my friends and family who have sent birthday wishes, especially those not mentioning numbers. The actual day was a non-birthday, as we are going out on the 10th, so the emails were good.

The first two full days have been spent playing tourists on the tourist buses - red, English double deckers with their roofs cut off. A $49 ticket was valid for two consecutive days and allowed unlimited travel on three loops - uptown, downtown and Brooklyn plus a night tour to see the lights of the town. Day One was a full day doing all four trips and today was segments of the sectors of interest complimented with walking, browsing in shops in Greenwich Village, lunch in Union Square gardens and an extended attempt to get home by subway. Missed 86th Street station and ended up at 125th after we inadvertently caught an express. The subway is taking some working out.
11th May - We went out for dinner at the Central Park Gardens Boathouse Restaurant for someone's birthday... a very pleasant and memorable night overlooking one of Central Park's lakes with lit skyscrapers reflecting in the water. Good beef too!
Today, 12th May, the girls went one way and Rob went the other... it was shopping day! Armed with a Metrocard, a subway map and a list of must-see shops, Liz and I headed downtown to check out legendary stores such as Macy's and Bloomingdales, spending very wisely of course. The range of products was mind-boggling. The shops of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum stocked very classy merchandise. Manolo Blahnik seemed to have moved premises without informing us. Window shopping was sufficient at the boutiques along 5th Avenue and with battle-weary feet, it was a quiet night in.

A number of observations have caught my imagination here...

The subway is so close to the surface that you can feel the ground rumble as trains pass underneath. Some stations have a second lower tunnel that you can see through the steel work of the tracks and pillars of the tunnel above. Quite unnerving.

The chemist shop we were in tonight sold BBQs (as in Webers), Krispy Creme donuts and cherry Coke - amongst other weird non-pharmaceutical  things.

Tiffany's is SIX expansive floors of gems. I was ticked off for taking a photo and a school excursion was also visiting. Work that one out!

Garbage collection is at least once daily.

Scaffolding is the second largest industry here after real estate sales.
Security would probably be the third, judging by the number of big, Afro-American men guarding apartment doors, shops and every other public place.

Despite their admiration for the NYFD, no-one seems to give way to any type of emergency vehicle that has it's sirens on. Car horns are for talking angrily with. Repeatedly.

The police run an emergency response test EVERY day, with a cavalcade of 20-25 police cars, sirens blaring, timing how long they take to get from one predetermined place to another.

A pair of designer shoes was $22 and a coffee was $3.95 - and still not good.
The local laundromat cost $2 a wash and $4 per dry, or 85c/pound for the wash/dry/fold/pack service (10lb minimum.) Liz had her two loads of washing ready for her by the time we had finished today's shopping for $8.50. Why wouldn't you outsource that job?!

At the first speck of rain today, a whole swarm of umbrella vendors seemed to appear on the streets, selling umbrellas for $1.

Cheese as an extra on a hot dog comes as a liquid by the spoonful.

People take their dogs walking through the department stores.

People keep thinking our accent is English.

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lizch on

Ahh - New York
You chose your neighbourhood well Jenny - very salubrious! Great photo of the shining sunrise on the Chrysler Building - wish I was there! And happy birthday - enjoy every day of your long celebration.

jbushie on

I thought you knew me better than that Mrs C.!
Me up and somewhere by sunrise? I don't think so - that was sunset on a bus tour of NY by night.
Thanks for the birthday wishes. Had the celebratory dinner at the Central Park Boathouse restaurant last night. Girls shopping day today!

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