New York, New York
Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
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We touched down at JFK in the rain and realised straight away that temperature-wise, we were in for a big change. We'd left Las Vegas in 100F and New York hovered around the 65F mark for most of the time we were there. How quickly the blood thins!!
However, this wasn’t the only change that awaited us. The pace of life, the dry sense of humour of the people we encountered, the hustle and bustle… we felt instantly at home.
Our hotel was close to Times Square so it was quite centrally located and we lost no time in exploring the city, much of it on foot (to the children’s outrage "you promised no more walking for 10 days!!"). We were only there for four nights and, as neither Steve nor I had ever been to New York before, we wanted to see as much as possible
We visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and walked through Central Park. We got up early to be at the Empire State Building by 8.00am to beat the crowds and were rewarded by an almost deserted foyer and instant access to the viewing floor. The views were sensational – but it was extremely windy up there as one of these photos will confirm.
We went to the Guggenheim and saw the Kandinsky show – which to our great surprise, the children loved. The exhibition was beautifully staged – well with the building like that it would be hard to stage an exhibition badly – and an excellent audio tour kept James and Emma engaged throughout. Katie did lose interest after a little while but was content to sit with some paper and colouring pencils and copy her favourite painting for over half an hour. Result.
We rode on subway trains, watched hip-hop dancing in Washington Square, visited 'Ground Zero’ in the financial district and got close to some dinosaurs and other animals at the Natural History Museum. Our final activity was to take a city cruise at sunset which allowed us to see the Statue of Liberty just as so many immigrants have done over the years, from the water, and to see the City itself, lit occasionally by the last few rays of light of a somewhat murky afternoon. We loved it.
Sadly our time in New York ended far too soon – Philadelphia was our next stop.
(Oh yes, and by the way, for those following our sad little dental saga, Steve’s tooth fell out AGAIN eating breakfast on the last day in NY…. Yet another search for a dentist, then…)