Trip Start Sep 29, 2012
Trip End Nov 09, 2012

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Flag of United States  , New York
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Next morning, breakfast, American style  at a local diner (yummy).  The length of Lexington ave. on this sunny
Sunday was blocked off for the Sunday street market, selling about anything you
can think of, where liz and I purchased our first souvenir of a  I love new York hoodie, and I also a nearly
gold bangle.  We purchased tickets for
the hop on hop off tour bus on the first stage of sightseeing .  First stop Times Square and WOW what a place
it was just buzzing (see photos, and try to pick us out on the big
screen).   Hardrock next (dave’s first
experience), terrys continuing  the
affair with Samuel adams, a pomegranate martini for me, knock your socks of
cocktail for liz.  Back on the bus to
ground zero.


This needs a paragraph of itself.  The enormity of that tragic day really hits
home when we saw the vast space that was once the twin towers.  Terrys handed over the plaque which we had
taken with us for this purpose to the local precinct police for ground zero
which was very gratefully received and they were obviously touched, and the
patches they gave  to us are to be
cherished.   When we actually saw the two
pools of remembrance  the actual sights
of the two buildings it was emotional and so tastefully and respectfully
done.  Words are hard to find to
describe  the atmosphere that was
present  and the horror of what happened.

Back on the bus to our hotel 
to dress for our posh dinner at the Astoria.  Well what can I say it was very nice but
OOOOOOHHHHHH so expensive (that’s our budget out the window!!!!) few gin and
tonics with ice (which dave informed us would go right through us) it was off
to bed (oh forgot to say the beds are comfy).  
Second day and back on the tour bus to the rockerfeller centre and the
top of the rock, what a view (keep up with the photos please).   A walk to central park for our horse and
carriage ride on this sunny and warm day with our host Michael Matthews and
Oscar the horse, it was lovely to just plod through this iconic oasis in the
middle of a bustling metropolis, heaven
Lunch and a very very very long walk around the city (getting lost quite
a few times) what a place to explore and experience.   So its getting dark and its off to the
Empire State Building where we ventured to the first level  the 87th floor, we thought the
view from the rock was spectacular, but omg the view of the city at  night and the story of the construction was
breath taking,  on and upward to the 102nd
floor and mile off the ground a ma zing!!.    
It was supposed to be a quick walk back to the hotel but of course bars
visited with more iced drinks (which dave informed us would go right through
you) and off to bed .

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