Ground Zero - in zero degrees!

Trip Start Mar 03, 2012
Trip End Mar 09, 2012

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Flag of United States  , New York
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Off on the tour bus again, down to Battery Park and Ground Zero. The new memorial has just opened so we booked tickets on the internet and went along to pay our respects. It was another clear sunny day, but the temperature was freezing - actually zero degrees! We stopped off in a little pizza parlour for a slice and a coffee, but really we were all glad to warm up.
Once we were warmer we made our way through the security checkpoints and out into the Ground Zero memorial park. Even though it's right in the middle of town, with traffic and noise going on all around, the memorial was really quiet and peaceful, with people just walking round and reading the names of those who died. I wasn't going to take any pictures, but it just looked so beautiful, especially where someone had placed a single red rose in the name of a loved one. It was really moving.
We stayed for quite a while and just wandered round looking at the rows and rows of names. The memorials are built in the floorplate of the original towers, and it's quite sobering to think of how much and how may were lost on 9/11. I'm really glad we came.
Once we had left, Helena and Jeff made their way back uptown to visit Central Park while Matt and I went downtown to Battery Park. We waved to Lady Liberty, Matt had a New York hot dog and then we climbed on the tour bus and went over the bridge into Brooklyn.
We couldn't get off the bus, but it was really interesting going through the streets and seeing all the places we hadn't been to before - well, it was for me - Matt fell asleep!
We spent a few hours driving round, then headed back to Midtown and stopped of in the Magnolia Bakery for an afternoon cupcake. As luck would have it we ran into Helena and Jeff on our way back to the hotel - what are the odds in a busy place like New York! And even more of a coincidende was that Helena had also been to the Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes - great minds think alike! I have to say that the chocolate on chocolate cupcake from the Magnolia was just the best - 10 out of 10 from me!
As this was Helena and Jeff's last night in New York, we thought it only fitting that we should go to. . .that's right, a deli, for our last supper! We chose the Carnegie Deli as it is one of the most famous in New York. Matt and Jeff had a 'Woody Allen', Helena had a BLT and as I was a little tired of meat and bread, I had their Mac and Cheese. It was pretty good, but Helena's face was a picture when her BLT arrived - it had about 20 rashers of bacon in it! Trying to see her getting it into her mouth was the funniest sight I have seen in a long time. But the boys were even funnier when their sandwiches arrived - they were gargantuan! Jeff spent a few minutes trying to work out how to even pick it up, never mind trying to eat it! For sheer entertainment value, this place was the tops. But in terms of taste, Matt gave his sandwich a good 8.5/10.
The cakes here were also a work of art, but with a Magnolia cupcake waiting for me at home I managed to resist.

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