Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
Trip End Aug 22, 2012

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Monday, July 30, 2012

From Glen:

Okay, so the jokes wore thin on Cliffy about the difference between Newark and New York....needless to say we were able to catch a train from Newark Penn Station across to NYC Penn Station, so here's what we did as we are short on time and long on sleep:

-Caught train from Newark to NYC - got train for free as we bought the wrong tickets from the automated machine - the guard understood it was an accent problem and let us off.... Neat!! Trip is off to a good start
-Hop off train at NYC and elect to walk to the waterfront to view the 9/11 memorial (there are two waterfronts.... NYC is an island....) - Cliffy approaches a security guard outside the station, proceeds to get wrong directions to the memorial (turns out the guy was trying to tell us to catch the subway to the memorial as walking was too far)
-Lost 50mins whilst we backtracked
-Got Subway to Central Park 72nd St West....saw the Dakota building where John Lennon lived and was shot by Mark David Chapman, beautiful building - just a feeling of sadness while standing there though
-Walked through Central Park and Strawberry fields
-Had lunch at 'The BoatHouse' - tip, go for the cafe option and avoid the white table cloth restaurant portion
-Walked to the Eastern side of Central Park
-Got Subway South to find the 9/11 memorial, got off Subway too early, got on another Subway  but not before being right near the Brooklyn Bridge to get a close-up ...the next Subway was express going North (off course), got off Subway, rejoined the Southern Subway route, got off in time so we could DEFINITELY get to the 9/11 memorial.......found Times Square by accident
-Got back on Subway, went to McSorleys (NYCs oldest continuously operated saloon); had two beers...each. The place was an experience - picture the "Soup Nazi" serving beers (two types - light or dark) and a ....I guess you would say waiter who was there to look grumpy. It was all part of the charm - and we soaked it up.
-Left McSorleys, proceeded on foot for the 9/11 Memorial....found the US Post Office (NYC - massive building) by accident - bought stamps for postcards that will never be sent.....
- Left US Post Office, proceed on foot to 9/11 Memorial - all viewing tickets have been used for the day - we still paid our respects at the site
- Walked to Battery Park, followed waterfront around for distant views of the Statue of Liberty
- Planned to catch a ferry back to Newark - had 1hr to wait - killed time taking long range shots of Secret Service personnel setting up for President Obama who was flying into the Manhattan Heli-port - pretty cool to watch and take photos...asked to move along.....
-Caught Ferry back to Liberte' Pointe..... went right past the statue of Liberty - great view and pictures - not before buying two beers which you are allowed to consume on the ferry - which we did
- Hopped off Ferry, consumed the OTHER two beers that Cliffy bought at the dock overlooking the NYC skyline, great view for free
-Caught a taxi back to the hotel, bargained him down a few dollars, regretted it in about five minutes when certain parts of the 'hood looked a bit dodgy on his shortcut
-Arrived home, enjoyed the view of the trucking company and petro-chemical plant, noticed the trucking company had moved the trailers around a bit since we had been gone
-Re-heated the Chinese from last night for dinner, tasted even better and washed down with a cheeky little Napa Valley white...... i.e. cheap and cheerful
- Crashed into bed........
- Got up at 5am for our ride North to Niagara Falls!

From Cliff
NYC what a place.  Everybody who has been here raves about it and I can see why, it has such a good vibe to it and places to see.  I have always been a big fan of John Lennon so to be able to stand in front of the Dakota building where he lived and died was pretty special.  Walking through Central Park was also great, such a beautiful green place.We mastered the subway system pretty well after getting lost at the start of the day and Glen has mentioned all the sights above that we saw. An early night so that we could get up at 5am the next morning and beat the rush hour traffic as we head for Niagara Falls on the Canadian side of the road.  Canada is also where good friend Chelsea is from, Chels also designed and produced our tour shirts which we love and wear just about daily, they have also received some great comments.   
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