In the city
Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
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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.