In the city

Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

We woke up early this morning and went in search of breakfast - there was a place right next to our hotel, but at 20 odd dollars per person before even thinking about a drink there was no way we were going to in there, I know this is New York, but that's ridiculous. We wandered down the street and found a small deli type place which advertised breakfast and as they had a few tables out the back we decided to try in there - much more our thing. It was absolutely pouring with rain outside and that pretty much set the scene for the day, it didn't let up at all, so we got soaked through to the skin.

After breakfast we wandered around taking in the Chrysler building, Grand Central station, Times Square and Broadway. This trip was more for John than me, as he has always wanted to come to New York, however I was looking forward to seeing Grand Central station, I've seen it in so many movies and it looks awesome. In truth I was disappointed, it is absolutely fantastic as a subway station, but it was nowhere near as grand as I had built up in my mind.

Eventually we make it up to central park, we'd bought umbrellas by now as it was still raining really hard - I've had a pair of brown boots for years and today, after all this time, I think they've finally had it, they leaked big time and my feet were absolutely soaking wet and freezing cold. When we arrived at central park a man called Gabrielle introduced himself to us and invited us to take a ride around the park in a small cart attached to a bike that he peddles round. We decided it would be a good way of getting out of the rain for a while, so we agreed to it and it turned out to be brilliant. Gabrielle told us the history of the park as we rode around and pointed out famous landmarks - he was really funny and made the commentary hilarious as he cracked jokes about various things and life in general, he was a real character - actually, he made the day. The trip round was supposed to take three quarters of an hour, but by the time we got back it had actually lasted more like an hour and a quarter - it was a good time, we both really enjoyed it.

We decided to go and find somewhere for lunch and ended up in an American diner, homemade burger was on the menu and as I'm in the land of the burgers, I thought why not, it was absolutely delicious. We decided that dessert would be a milkshake each - they called them a Malted milkshake, never had one of those before, so time to try one - oh my goodness, it goes down as THE best milkshake I've ever had, I had a strawberry one and there were real strawberries in it and it was lovely and thick as it had ice cream in it too - totally yum!!!! Before leaving the diner I used the restrooms - that name makes me laugh, but that's what the toilets are called here, so I go in there and try to wash my hands, I'm washing my hands wondering why the soap won't lather up properly, only to discover I was trying to wash my hands with mouthwash!!!! I've never seen mouthwash in a restaurant before, so it caught me by surprise - I couldn't get the smell of menthol off my hands all afternoon!!!

After this we headed to the International Centre of Photography - it's a museum set out over two floors. John really enjoyed the lower floor as it was old photographs of stars when they were younger - they had pictures of Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn etc. in there. I preferred the first floor exhibition which was more contemporary.

We wandered round some more in the rain, getting thoroughly wet, went into the Rockerfeller centre and reminded ourselves that we really aren't city people.

Every now and then we decide to go on a city break and every time we come to the conclusion that we aren't city people and then don't go on one for several years, but then the memory fades and somehow we end up thinking it's a good idea to go on a city break again. We will make the most of the next few days because we always do and it's nothing really against New York, but it's really just not our thing - I'm not sure why we are here.
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starlagurl on

You're not sure why you are here!
Paula! Once in your life you have to go to New York. Get out to Little Italy and Chinatown, you will love it. I know it.


sianeth on

I feel like some places (cities) I've been to have been almost irretrievably tarnished by rain... no matter how nice they may be it all seems to remain hidden! At least the milkshake made the trip worth it!!

travelmonster on

Re: You're not sure why you are here!
Great minds think alike!!! Thats exactly what I did the next day - and you are right, I loved it!!

travelmonster on

Re: ...
Yeah I must admit, the rain and cold probably didn't help matters!!

kitkatgo on

Mouthwash & milkshakes!
ROFLMAO about the mouthwash--so funny!

Ok, now about the, you seem surprised by the ice cream in it? What do you Brits make *your* milkshakes with? LOL

Great stories!

travelmonster on

Re: Mouthwash & milkshakes!
John makes the most awesome banana milkshake ever, and he makes that with ice cream - but mostly when you order milkshake here in England, its just flavoured milk.

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