. She took the photo and wished us a lovely trip. Felt guilty. Central Park zoo was great fun with the kids, even the animals have morale boasting quotes written all over the walls from Shakespear to Attenborough. It appears that Americans cannot function without an inspiring quote to make them feel better about themselves as they are everywhere. Surprisingly the bathrooms don't continue this theme a shame as I am sure there are some corkers on bowel movements. Talking of poo we have been throughly bemused with the Poop Scoop companies. A van pulled in beside us yesterday promoting their company with the strap line "no job too big". Without stating the obvious, what do these people do? Do people leave their gardens to pile with poop before calling in Mr Poopy Scoopy? We went onto Battery Park and took a boat ride around the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island. New York rocks. It is also extremely frustrating at not being able to shop which has always been a prime objective of visiting. Take shopping out of the equation and New York opens up so much that you wonder whether you would have any time left out of four days to shop. During our stay we went to a fabulous exhibition on The Titanic, visited a "Dirty Dancing" style resort around a lake and swan with the frogs, plus visits to a diner, nail bar and Fynn had a cool haircut at a traditional barbers. A big thanks to the Paul and Georgina for being so generous in allowing us to stay and a lovely gentle start to the trip.
Off now to Hartford, Ct.
It has taken a little time to get into this "blogg" malarkey but here we are six days into our trip and it feels like a normal holiday. Travelling with Ian has meant that there has been no rest and we have taken full advantage of staying with our friends in Summit New Jersey (which apparently is the Essex of America - new jersey not Summit) and ventured into NYC on two occasions. The first time was the day after our arrival and we had blown our $100 a day budget by 11am. We hit the Toys R Us carousel, to the top of the Rockefeller center to view the architectural delights of this city, ate in a cool diner and then collapsed in Central Park (that bit was free). Not quite used to the friendly and forward ways of the New Yorker that whilst sunbathing peacefully with the children in Central Park a student came over to say 'how cute we all looked and that it would make a great photo and she would take it for us". The London paranoia stepped in and I honestly thought she was going to run off with our lovely new (tourist looking) camera so offered Lily's camera for the shot