Final shopping and sight seeing in NYC!!
Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
74Trip End Jun 27, 2008
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Our whistle stop tour of Manhattan was made all the more fun as we met up again with none other than Scott from San Fran. He was there on business, so as he and Pat had extensive knowledge of the place, Nic was in for a good time. As we were heading back via a wedding in Belfast, our now tatty wardrobe of travel beaten clothes would not be suitable for presenting to the wedding couple. So with this well thought out excuse, Nic managed to get a two day shopping trip out of Pat and he wasn't allowed to complain....this was further negotiated by the fact that Nic had partaken in three bike rides, (one of which she had incurred scars) out of which three she did not want to do!! Shopping done and it was time for some sight seeing...
First up...The Empire State building, not quite to the top but just as good. The queues were colossal but worth it. We shuffled along twisting roped corridors, occasionally Baa- ing to keep up amusement levels before eventually popping out into the hazy and lofty view of all of Manhattan......WOW, even through the haze this was totally awe inspiring and unfortunately the camera does not do it justice.
Next off to Time Square, saved until the sun went down, allowing the full spectacle of lights, steam rising from manholes, traffic, people and smells to infuse your every sense. This place is madness accelerated, but soooo good. You begin to feel almost drunk on the energy of the city and it fills you with endless bounds of energy spurning you on into the wee hours. On our way back to the hotel we walked through Grand Central Station, this was truly magical, just like you see on the movies. The police that were guarding the place however, do not like their pics taking (for security reasons) and were spoil sports, so if you go don't bother asking cos you wont get anywhere, boooo... even at one ish in the morning the station was full of people and buzzing with activity....past the station and in the distance the magnificent beacon that was the empire state building shone through the fog that had now begun to roll in... It really is a city that doesn't sleep.
Our final day and a trip on the free Staten Island ferry past the Statue of Liberty, unfortunately time was running out and we missed the last tourist ferry to take us directly to the island, but the passenger ferry was just as good. Just time for a quick pic stop for five dollars with a man dressed as the Statue of Liberty hanging around the harbour...cheesy? Yes, but fun all the same.