Chelsea Market, Rain, M&Ms and LOVE

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Friday, July 23, 2010

This morning I failed again to wake up early so we were a little late getting to the ferry for the Statue of Liberty.  The line was long but moving, however we didn't have the right tickets so we had to jump out of the line.  We'll reattempt in a few days.

We decided to head to the Meat Packing District and Chelsea.  The Meat Packing District was pretty cool, you could tell it used to be a dump, but I liked the cobblestone roads, it was really spacey for New York and it wasn't overloaded with tourists.  As I tried to navigate us to a Chocolate Bar that was in the Lonely Planet guide it started pissing down with rain.  We forgot to bring umbrellas so we had to walk in the rain.  To escape the rain we were forced into a shoe store - we had no choice.  The store just so happened to be called Shoegasm and if you saw some of the shoes you would understand why.  We thought it was only fitting that because the shoes had brought us shelter from the rain that we should buy a pair, or two or three

The rain had cleared and the Chocolate Bar was no where to be seen so we settled to have our packed sandwiches in the middle of Meat Packing District.  After 12 sandwich lunches on my camping tour and the same since I got to NYC, Mel could tell I was over the sandwiches, they had to go, they were great for saving a bit of money but I'd rather risk food poisoning buying an off the street hot dog then eat another turkey or ham sandwich.

We then headed for Chelsea and stumbled into the Chelsea Market.  You know in the movies where the guy sees the girl of his dreams and she sees him and there is that slow motion love at first sight moment, well Chelsea Market was my slow motion love scene with New York.  It may have taken 5 days but it has finally happened - I LOVE NY.  This place is heaven on earth.  It's a grungy looking market that had shop after shop selling cupcakes, pastries, chocolate, bread and had a women's fashion store that had one gorgeous dress after another.  I bought my first of what I hope to be many cupcakes.  Chelsea market has been earmarked for a return visit before we leave once we see how much money we have left to spend on those cute dresses.

We went back uptown, checked out the Strawberry Fields part of Central Park, which is in honour of John Lennon.  We walked past the Dakota where he was killed.  John Lennon was killed two years before I was born but when I had saved up enough money for my first stereo, I was maybe 15, I made sure it had a turntable and I would play my parents John Lennon greatest hits record over and over, so this was a really special and sad moment for me.  The Imagine monument is very powerful and very fitting for such a great man.

We headed back to the apartment for a change of clothes before heading to Times Square.  We bought our Broadway tickets. We'll see the Green Day musical, American Idiot on Tuesday and a musical called Memphis which was written by the keyboardist from Bon Jovi, David Bryan. Really looking forward to seeing his work outside of BJ which will be on our final night in NYC, should be a good finale to our time here.

I then suggested we go to M&M's World, you know just to see what all the fuss it about.  I perhaps went a little overboard on my bag of M&M's, but there were so many different colours.  I must admit I almost passed out when the cashier said the price was $17 something, but I got a cute M&M's carry bag and thought who cares I'm on holiday.  We the canvased the area while waiting to board our night bus tour.  I evened the score with Mel with the key on the door incident by leaving my handbag at McDonalds, I realised it was missing after only going maybe 20 steps, so the stupid score is now level at 1 all.

The first bus we hopped on was under the cover part and the driver said it's better because it's going to rain but we wanted to take pictures so we choose to get off.  On the next bus we had the best position at the back and I couldn't have been happier, till our tour guide said turn around and we saw lighting and menace looking clouds.  As we took off the wind picked and I managed about 10 shots before the heaviest rain came pelting down on us.  Everyone was feverishly trying to get their ponchos on, which in strong winds on top of a moving bus is quite hard to do.  Lighting was going off everywhere, you could hear the thunder, we were drenched and it was fantastic.  It was pity we couldn't take many photos.  The rain had stopped by the time we got to Brooklyn and was still staying away when we returned to Manhattan.  When we got off the bus I found my $17 M&M's were crushed and waterlogged, my carry bag destroyed.  I had tried so hard to keep the camera dry I forgot about the M&M's.  But oh well, shit happens, chocolate is chocolate, I'll still eat it and now they are grungy looking M&M's because the colours have run and merged with other colours, the crushed ones have joined others to form some weird looking M&M, so it actually looks pretty cool. 

All and all, my favourite day in NYC so far, hopefully it will only get better from here.
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