A Sunny Day
Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
105Trip End Ongoing
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Holiday Express Meadowlands
After getting into Port Authority we got the subway to Central Park for an amble and a chance to let the children play on the rocks and in the playground. The place was over flowing with people due to it being the weekend and their being a 'race for life' type fun run going on as well.
The children really enjoyed the freedom and were very happy running around. We wandered around enjoying the sunshine :-)
We then headed for 5th Avenue and the famous toyshop on the corner (will fill in the name later!) It was amazing..............so many different toys
Then we wandered down 5th Avenue looking at all the expensive shops before coming across the Rockafeller Centre where we had lunch before getting the subway down to Ground Zero again as we wanted to visit the Memorial Centre which had been closed when we visited on 9-11.
Whilst looking for the centre we ended up walking around the edge of the whole of Ground Zero.......a very strange feeling. Looking at the buildings around and the gapping hole, trying to imagine what it must have been like that day. There was also the cross of steel which had been recovered from the site and was now another memorial.
We eventually found the memorial centre and went in
There was also a room where relatives of the victims had given photographs and personal objects to form a wall of photos which was very moving and an opportunity for visitors to write down their thoughts.
There were many interesting ones posted on the wall, including one from the daughter of a lady who died on one of the planes. The mother had always said that the worse day of her life was Pearl Harbour - the mother was on the way to live with her daughter when she died on this flight. There was also another card which talked of a girl who's sister should have been on one of the flights but the company who she worked for cancelled her meeting................it all made it very real. Lucy and Daniel left their thoughts too in the form of pictures - very simple but it showed their understanding of the whole event. As I have said before, it is very difficult to explain why something like this has happened.
After leaving the centre we moved next door to the Fire House nearest the twin towers which had flowers strewn everywhere after the events of the 9-11 memorial a couple of days earlier.
After delicious icecream to lighten the mood we headed back to the Rock.............why so many people and police.....................the MTV awards!!!!
Roads were blocked off and the crowds were several deep, lots of cheering and flash photography - just a shame we couldn't see which famous people were arriving. It was hosted by Russel Brand (not sure if the Americans got his humour!) and was attended by the likes of Madonna, Janet Jackson, Beyonce etc.
Getting to the Rock was quite a job when so many roads were blocked off, but we got there eventually. There were so many people around the area, some tourists but lots of people who were obviously attending the awards and lots of huge black cars with tinted window and big bouncers with ear pieces!!!
Up at the top of the Rock was busy but well worth the view, particularly as the sun set. The only problem was that everyone wanted to get the perfect picture so weren't particularly thoughtful towards the children.
It is absolutely amazing to think that that very famous image of men sitting on a beam built this building back in the 1930s - without any form of safety harnesses. It made me feel very sick to think about that whilst stood at the top!
Then it was a mad dash back to Port Authority to get the bus back to the hotel - the journey to the airport was going to be an early start so we got back and had a take out pizza, before bed.