New York, New York

Trip Start Jan 19, 2008
Trip End Mar 03, 2008

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Day/Night One - Snow

Snow, snow everywhere.  This was one cold arrival.  We got our baggage and a shuttle to our hotel - The Paramount - nice hotel but very strange decor.  It would have been nice for them to let us know their was work being done on the hotel.  We got up to our hotel room and it was no bigger than a broom closet, we made do.  The funniest thing about our room was the bathroom was bigger than the bedroom.

We didn't want to waste time so we went straight out to have a look at the big apple.  Time square was amazing and the lights just made Broadway awesome.  We decided to meet up with our friends for dinner at Hard Rock cafe and it was a nice dinner.  At the end of dinner we decided that was the end of that day and went our own way, back at the hotel it was bedtime as we decided to have a big day tomorrow.

Day Two - Rain

Our sleep wasn't the best and by the time we got up it was almost 10am.  We got outside only to find that the rain was coming down and it was not a nice day.  We went for what we thought would be a nice walk down town and to explore.  We didn't see much and got really wet.

We then went back to the hotel and decided to meet up with our friends and get some tickets to the Lion King Broadway show.  That was an experience in itself, trying to get tickets to a show that has been going for about 8 years was harder than getting tickets to a new show on Broadway.  We went to Rockefeller for ice skating and then - after getting very sore feet, but didn't fall over - went up to the "Top of the Rock" view.  It was really nice but hell cold.  The most amazing part of it was the elevator ride as the roof was see through and you could watch as you went up and came down.

That was basically the end of the that day and Valentines was the next day so we all decided to get an early one and see what the day of romance would bring.

Day Three - Valentines Day

We decided to have an early start and check out the Museum of Natural History.  I know, not the most romantic thing you could do but it was something we wanted to see.  As it turned out we got there too early and had some time to waste so we went for a romantic walk through Central Park and it was a beautiful morning for that and very romantic but very cold as well.  The lakes were frozen and it was hilarious watching the ducks walking out on the frozen ice...

The Museum finally opened and we went for it.  Thinking that this was not just any old Museum was a bad idea as it really was like every other Museum.  Renae joined us as the boys had some other things to do.  The Dinosaur Exhibit was amazing but the rest of the Museum was just like any other.  We decided to end that side of the day early and go for a longer walk through Central Park.  We pick up a New York Hotdog for lunch and went for our walk.

The park isn't as big as we have thought and the fact that it was off season meant that all the grass areas could not be walked on.  We went to have a look at Strawberry Fields - near where John Lennon was shot - and it was amazing.  The man was really loved by people and it showed by the condition of his memorial.  We continued walking and come across the ice rink on the south edge of the park.  We couldn't help ourselves, we had to have a go on this one as well.  The shoes Thomas had didn't fit very well and he had one time around the rink and quit.  Kelly was having fun and went round and round and round.  Time was marching on and we had to get some tickets for a show - Legally Blonde - that night so we had to return to Time Square.

We managed to get tickets for half the normal price at TKTS and then we decided to try and get on a boat to Liberty Island.  Getting on the Red Line south (We rock at maneuvering this subway) we got down to Battery Park and found out that we went all that way for nothing as the ferry stopped running half an hour before we got there, bugger.

We decided as we were down that way we would have a look at the ground zero site.  It was not what we thought it would be like.  Thomas had seen it shortly after it happened and said that it just looks like a construction site now and you really can't tell what happen there.  Their was a memorial wall at a Fire Station near by but that was about the only visible thing there apart from one of the buildings near by getting an overhaul on one side.  There was a Museum there but we didn't go in.

Time was getting on and Renae had to get back to her hotel before the show that night.  We took her back to her hotel and then got a quick bite to eat before going to Legally Blonde.  The show was amazing and really funny.  The way they combined the movie with music and made it into a musical was fantastic.

The show finished and we were a little wired so we went and had a look at the M & M's store in Time Square.  That was a lot of fun and their are so many M & M's out there that you can't buy in stores.  If you are an M & M's fan we recommend it a lot.  That ended another day and we decided it was time for bed.  Tomorrow was going to be the Empire State Building and SOHO shopping area among other places.  Stay tuned for more.
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