Walking around

Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Another early start today. We find another deli type place for breakfast - this one is serving pancakes with crispy bacon and fried egg - I've seen this so many times as the American breakfast, but I've never had it, so today was time to try it, sweet and savoury in one breakfast - man it was good, definitely something I'll be having again.

You can't come to New York and not ride the subway in my opinion, so we walk to grand central station and take line 5 to Bowling Green at the tip of Manhattan, to catch the ferry to Liberty island. To get on the ferry you have to pass through airport type security, our queue went slower than the rest because some bloke decides to get testy because he is asked to put his wallet in the tray to go through the x-ray machine. He starts debating with the lady about how he doesn't even have to do that at the airport - she then decides to call in the heavies as they have a zero tolerance rule about abuse to the staff, I'm thinking to myself just put your damn wallet in the tray and have done with will you - I just couldn't see the point, it just holds everyone up and he must have known his wallet was going in the tray or he wasn't getting on the ferry. He does eventually put his wallet in the tray and we're finally on our way.

We stand on the top deck of the ferry, out in the open air so that I can take photos of the Statue of Liberty when we get closer, its absolutely freezing up there, bitterly cold and by the time we approach this icon of America my hands are completely numb and I feel like my fingers are going to drop off. When we got back from Liberty island we head straight for the nearest coffee bar to defrost and warm up.

Broadway is an extremely long road and as we came out of Battery park we found the bottom of it and started walking up it. We pass Wall Street and City Hall and make our way out onto Brooklyn Bridge, after which we head towards Chinatown. Now this I was really impressed with - Chinatown in London consists of a couple of roads at best, which you can walk into and out of the other side in a couple of minutes maximum. Chinatown in New York is massive in comparison; I thought it was excellent, block after block of all things Chinese, Chinese markets, Chinese restaurants, Chinese medicine shops - a hive of activity. Totally awesome, I loved it.

Chinatown merges into Little Italy, so next we wander through there and decide to have dinner and we go into a small Italian restaurant. The waiter has an accent straight out of the movies, like Mickey Blue Eyes, really funny!!! I ask for lemonade to drink, the waiter says we don't have lemonade only coke, diet coke or 7up - 7up in England is lemonade, so I'm not sure what lemonade is here, but I got what I wanted anyway. The food was really good in there, I had chicken in a marsala wine sauce with portobello mushrooms - delish - and it was lovely and warm in there too, very cosy.

Next we walked over to Greenwich Village to take a look around. This was a real let down, I'd read that it was a bustling, vibrant place with jazz cafes and artists lining the streets. We wandered around the area detailed on the map and found nothing of what had been described - maybe we missed the best part, maybe it comes alive in summer - who knows, but what we saw didn't meet my expectations at all, I had visions of sitting in a café listening to someone playing jazz, while we had drinks and people watched - it didn't happen.

We start walking back towards our hotel. We stop en-route in a café for a milkshake and then meander back. We walked miles today - its been fun, Chinatown is my absolute favourite so far!

I can't believe how popular Starbucks is here, there is literally one every few steps - crazy.
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kitkatgo on

Lemonade vs. 7-up
I did not know 7-up was called Lemonade in England. Learn somethin' new everyday. I do know they call something similar to 7-up, Limonade, in France though. :)

Here in the U.S., lemonade is a drink made with lots of lemon juice and sugar syrup.

Interesting to know that things like this are not universal!

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