Trip Start Aug 13, 2007
Trip End Sep 02, 2007

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Departed NZ 13th Aug, landed 14th Aug (Manhatten 16 hours behind).  Stayed at a Boutique Hotel in Midtown.  Pretty central to everything.  Shopped at big stores like Macys, Tiffinys, Hugo Boss.  Many more.  Spent our anniversary evening at top of Empire State Building.  Not so romantic, with approx. 500 other people. 
View from Empire State BldingView from Empire State Blding86th Floor, Empire State Building
I gave Rose a Crystal Rose, she almost cried.  Probably would have if it wasn't for the number of people around.  Took a long time to take photos, sorry Rose.  Rose was great.
Take note.  The coffee is not very nice.  They think it strange when you have to ask for a hot coffee.
We took a ferry to the Statue of Liberty, didn't realize the French built it for the Yanks.The gracious ladyManhatten taken from ferryCentral Park

More shopping
Central Park was beautiful, really needed much more time to explore here, be warned.
It best to stay in hotels with sound proofing or many stories up, New York is so busy and goes 24 hours and the drivers are always sounding their horns as are very impatient.  We had a good room and weren't disturbed, very lucky.
Bought a massive bronze Eagle and painting of an Indian women and child which had to be shipped to NZ.  What a bargain.  Still waiting for them to arrive.

Indian and Child Painting
Bought my new camera underwater housing and gear from B&H Photo and Video, they claim to be the biggest camera shop in the world.  Very efficient , very Jewish, never seen so many of them before.

We went to the Rockerfella Centre and went to the top floor, unfortunately started pissing down with rain, then the thunder started so we went down and found a cafe to have lunch.  We decided to have lunch outside under an umbrella.  Crazy but fun.  Best meal we had in Manhatten.  About 1 hour later, it really started hosing down so we had to retreat inside.
You can actually see the rain pissing down by the car here.
Top of Rockerfella Centre.Remains of our desertThunderstorm Cafe

Beware fo the taxis.  They are however a great way to get around.  At least it takes the fuss out of finding your way around and man, are they fast and crazy.  Not for the faint hearted. I loved it.  Often the fare was just over $5 so we usually paid them 10.  Left to right, World Trade Centre, Young boy looking down hole where fountain briefly stopped going, yes, I was waiting for that shot, last, Seafarers memorial.
World Trade CentreBoy looking for waterMemorial for Seafarers

Aug 20 next portion of trip.

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