Larry & Maureen's Travel Adventures travel blog

Luggage lined up ready to go!

Looking towards Times Square

Times Square

In a pub in Times Square

Where the ball drops

Maureen's favourite store

Success!

The Naked Cowboy has performed in Times Square every day for over...

NYPD on a horse

Statue of Christopher Columbus near Central Park.

Maine Monument commemorating the sinking of the battleship Maine in 1898.

These water collectors are on most of the buildings. Intended to be...

Lincoln Centre

 

 

Where John Lennon lived and was shot. Yoko still lives there.

 

 

Riverside Church

Entrance to Columbia University

Statue at Columbia University

 

Hardware store in Harlem

Apollo Theatre in Harlem

US flag in African colours

Guggenheim Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Solid gold

Time Warner towers

 

 

Times Square

A tool the NYPD uses to get above the crowd.

Madison Square Gardens

US Post Office

Empire State building

Macy's

Empire State

 

Flatiron Building

Lunch in Little Italy, off Canal Street

The Asian influence is decreasing the size of Little Italy drastically.

Like a lost tooth, one building is torn down to make way...

City Hall

Wall Street

Construction at ground zero.

The old church near ground zero. No damage at all to this...

 

BLT is one of our favourite places to eat in New York....

Stuyvesant Project - 120 buildings that were originally built for returning veterans....

Empire State

Larry at Yankee Stadium

Maureen at Yankee Stadium

Inside the stadium

 

 

Sitting in a piece of history

Empire State

 

 

 

Looking toward the very top

 

 

The lobby

Setting up for a concert at Madison Square Gardens. This is where...

One of the NY Knickerbockers (basketball) dancers

 

NY Rangers locker room - Gretzky's locker is where the white towel...

 

Seven foot door for the basketball team!

Big foot!

Drinks with Nicole, from whom we rented our condo.

Tube of beer - the first one went really fast - it...

Nicole and Ann Marie

 

Maureen and Sylvan, Nicole's fiance.

Larry Flynt's Hustler Club

Aircraft carrier Intrepid

Empire State

Shoreline driving range

Lackawanna Railroad Terminal

These structures vent air from a tunnel under the river.

Construction at ground zero.

 

Ellis Island

Lady Liberty

 

Helicopter

 

Larry

Maureen

Brooklyn Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

Gold-topped buildings

United Nations

This building is solar-powered.

Williamsburg Bridge

Tramway - actually part of the transit system.

Chrysler Building

 

 

Staten Island Ferry

Winter Garden

 

More water tanks

Ulysses S Grant memorial

Sully landed his flight right here in the Hudson River

Blimp over Yankee Stadium

The city from our balcony

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

Our balcony

 

 

Governor's Island

Larry

Maureen

Sailing ship

Blimp over Yankee Stadium

Plane with a big ad.

Kayakers off Governor's Island

Church in Brooklyn

Sailaway

 

 

Fuel barge - the tug fits right in the end.

 

 

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Brooklyn

Sunset

 

 

Newport Bridge - longest suspension bridge in New England

Sunrise at Newport, RI

Lighthouse

Two teams raced back and forth most of the day

There were so many of these buoys they sounded like church bells.

Sailboat heeled over

Mansion overlooking the bay

Sailing ship

Sailaway

Jazz Festival

 

House on an island.

Notice the cemetary near the shore

Another mansion

We were being watched!

Wedding on the lawn.

Lighthouse

 

Approaching Boston Harbour

 

Airport was very close

Quincy Market

 

The stairs up to the subway station.

So hot!

The subway came above ground briefly.

Harvard Square

Harvard Book Store

Church at Harvard

Library

Larry can now say he went to Harvard!

Re-enactment

Harbour

Lobster boats

Many planes coming and going.

Towing in a disabled boat

The disabled boat

Tow boat

Parasailers

This kayaker decided to cross behind us as we were leaving. He...

Sunset over Boston

A naval supply ship in port.

Outside Bar Harbour, Maine

The harbour

Checking out a map

Home away from home.

Bar Harbour restaurant

The Niagara Falls of Cadillac Mountain

The ship from the mountain

 

 

The top of the mountain

Looking for wild blueberries

Who us?

They're very tiny!

Irving Oil Refinery

Tide coming in

Beached lobster boat

 

Rock formations

St. Martin's Beach

Maureen at St. Martin's

Caves at St. Martin's

Our cab for five hours

Cabbing it with Char!

Covered bridge #1

and #2

Giant lobster claws

A left one and a right one

 

 

Lobster boat

The tide's still coming in

Guard house at an old house on Crowsnest Drive

A house made from old ship timbers on Crowsnest Drive

Museum in Saint John

Reversing falls where the Bay of Fundy meets the Saint John River

Jet boat

 

 

 

 

Some of the old buildings in Saint John

City Market

Old theatre

 

 

 

Square in the middle of town - built by the Irvings

 

Market Square

Watching sailaway

Barry

Ann Marie

Vancouver Island represents!

Maureen

Carleton Martello Tower at Sailaway

 

 

 

 

Lighthouses

Pilot boat

Just like Hollywood!

 

 

 

There were some huge wind turbine parts piled here

Club Fusion for the Captain's Cocktail Party - he was a no-show!

Drinks for the Cocktail Party

Flowers on our dinner table

Mauro, Assistant Waiter, from Peru

Joan (pronounced Joanne), Waiter, from Peru

Bubbles

Maureen

Maureen

Wake at the back of the ship

Sunset

 

Coming into Halifax

This freighter was in port the whole time we were, draining water.

Tying us up

Fish boats at Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove

Lighthouse at Peggy's Cove

 

 

Maureen and Larry with the piper

Barry and Ann Marie

 

 

Church in Peggy's Cove

Memorial for the Lockerbie Flight

 

 

Third of three lobster rolls. St. Martins' was the best

Grilled cheese

Chowder

Our rented vehicle

Houses on the way back to Halifax

Alexander Keith's Brewery

Inside the brewery - took a theatrical tour

Copper kettles - it's no longer a working brewery

Fermenting tanks

Still on tour

Stagshead Inn

"Proprietor" of the Inn

The Bar

Drummer

Singer

Playing a game of chance with beans

Tunnel between the Inn and the Brewery

House

Beach at the end of the point near the ship

 

Going fishing

Our room

 

 

 

 

Ice sculpting on deck

 

 

 

Maureen and Edgardo, our Room Steward

Piazza - a great people-watching venue!

 

Hula hoop expert

 

 

Playing with the new camera

 

 

 

Baked Alaska procession - last night

 

The gang!

Arriving back in New York

We booked a room here for the day because we had so...

Roller coaster Coney Island

Ferris Wheel

The Boardwalk

One of many restaurants

 

Boardwalk

Hot dog from Nathan's - World Famous

Beach at Coney Island

Beer Island

Birds on the beach

 

Topless

 

A character

Takes all kinds

 

 

Susie the Elephant - Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus

At the circus

 


Well here we are! Remember back in April that we celebrated Ann Marie's 50th birthday? Now it's time for the real celebration. We've been planning for months a few days in New York then a seven day cruise Canada New England. We left August 1.

The flights were great - even though they were in the middle of the night on the "Red Eye". Cathay Pacific is a good airline. Because it was an international flight, dinner was offered free of charge. Coming home the air was perfectly clear - you could see every light from every little town. You could even see Estevan Saskatchewan where Larry grew up.

The weather was fantastic - hot (in the 90's) and humid. Larry had found a three bedroom/two bathroom condo on W 53rd between 8th and 9th. He had a scooter delivered to the condo. The first day we purchased a 48 hour hop on/hop off bus package which included a free circle cruise and admission into the Empire State Building. Definitely the best deal in order to see everything. We used the bus the next two days. The second day we got off at Canal Street and walked to what's left of Little Italy for lunch.

Wednesday we had tickets to the Yankees/Blue Jays game at 1 pm in the afternoon. We took the New York subway for the first time. The stop was just a short walk from where we were staying and took us right to Yankee Stadium. We were privileged to be a part of history seeing Alex Rodriguez hit his 6ooth home run. He is the youngest player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs. The heat was oppressive. What a beautiful new stadium. Yankees fans are very loyal. Larry and I had foot long hot dogs for lunch.

The next day we walked (and Larry drove on his scooter) all day. We went up the Empire State Building and with Larry's scooter they took us through the handicap lane right to the front of the line. We also did a tour through Madison Square Gardens. It is particularly fascinating because the ice arena that the New York Yankees play on is on Level 6. Below that is a concert hall and Penn Station, one of the busiest train stations in the United States. We also decided to visit the Museum of Sex which was interesting. We ended up fairly close to our condo and met the woman we had rented from, (Nicole - NYExec.com) and her fiance for drinks. By that time the first yard-long tube of beer was gone, which was such a short time we had to have a second. It tasted so good, and went down like water!

Our final day in New York we took the boat tour that was included with our bus pass. It's interesting to see the city from a different view. We also saw the spot where Sully landed the plane in the Hudson. Because there are so many boats all the time, there were people on scene almost immediately. The cruise tour boats, including the one we were on, were used to transport the passengers from the plane to shore.

On August 7 we boarded the Caribbean Princess for our cruise. Another beautiful day.

Check-in was effortless and we were soon unpacking in our rooms. We had a beautiful view from our balcony - we were at the very back of the ship for the first time and we had a great 180 view of where we'd been! Our muster station was just a couple of flights directly down from our room so the Emergency Drill was quite easy too.

We arrived in Newport, Rhode Island at 7 am. This is a tender stop, meaning they use the largest lifeboats to take us all ashore for the day (we were scheduled to leave at 3:30 pm). Newport is a very busy harbour for sailboats and yachts. Rhode Island is the smallest of the American states and is one of the original 13. Newport was the base for the America's Cup Yacht Race from 1930 to about 1980. Larry and Maureen went ashore and walked up and down the main street. We found the White Horse Tavern and were there when the doors opened. The White Horse Tavern is the oldest operating tavern in the United States, with its liquor license acquired in 1673. The old part of the tavern is low-ceilinged and seats 18. The rest of it is a restaurant. The bartender, Dave, was full of information and served us what turned out to be the best chowder of our trip. He also sent us to see Paul, in Boston. There were many little sailboats racing in the harbour as we waited for the ship to sail. As we were leaving we went past the jazz festival which was just beginning its week.

We arrived in Boston Massechusetts on Monday August 9 at 10 am. It seems in all the harbours there are battlements built for protection when they were first discovered. Larry and Maureen took the shuttle to Quincy Market in downtown Boston. Boston, while a big city, is nowhere near as "tall" as New York. It's much quieter and cleaner. We talked to some people at the market about where to find Paul at the Grafton Street pub in Cambridge. They directed us to the subway - up a rather large flight of stairs. Keep in mind it was still very hot and humid. We took the subway to Harvard. Maureen found it to feel very historic and would have liked to spend more time there. We found the pub and said hello to Paul. We had clam chowder for lunch. Then we took the subway back to Quincy Market and walked through it. We saw Cheers along the way. We then caught the shuttle back to the ship and we set sail about 6:30 pm.

August 10 we arrived in Bar Harbor Maine a beautiful little spot. We also tendered ashore here. We wandered around the town a little bit - lots of t-shirt shops and souvenirs. We then found the trolley that took us up Cadillac Mountain, the only mountain they have. We looked for, and found, a few wild blueberries. The trolley driver was very knowledgeable. We also asked about campgrounds for future. We stopped for a late lunch - our first lobster rolls. Mmmm! The lobster is so sweet. The last tender went to the ship at 5:30 and we left shortly after that.

August 11 we arrived in Saint John at 8 am. Maureen had dropped the camera while at Harvard (it worked sporadically for awhile then quit altogether) so we decided we needed to buy another camera. Kelly had let us know from home that there was a new Costco in Saint John so when we got off the ship we went right to a taxi stand. A lady named Charlene took us - she'd never, ever intended to go to Costco but she came in with us while we bought a new camera. We were early so she drove us around a bit, telling us about the Irving family who owns just about every big business in Saint John. One thing led to another and she told us she had a tour company "Cabbin' it in Saint John with Char" and charged $50 an hour to take people around. We ended up being with her for five hours (she charged us for four). She talked pretty much non-stop the whole time. She really knew her stuff. She is always researching and updating her knowledge. At St. Martins we had our second lobster roll - this was the best overall it turns out. It was really fun and combined a number of shore excursions we could have taken from the ship. She also took us to see a few campgrounds where we were able to stop and check out rates. Char is on Facebook and we exchanged e-mail addresses, in case she ever comes to Vancouver.

August 12 we arrived in Halifax, our farthest point north. Here the four of us rented a car and headed for Peggy's Cove about an hour away. It's a beautiful spot as you can see. We had our third lobster roll nearby. We stopped at the memorial for the flight from Lockerbie Scotland. Then we headed back into town. We drove around the Citadel and ended up at the Alexander Keith's brewery. They have a humorous musical tour of the old brewery. It's no longer a working brewery but you get the idea. Plus there were two pints as samples included in the tour!

We spent the day of August 13 at sea heading back to New York. One of our favourite things to do is people watch. The Piazza on the ship is a good place for that. We also spent some time playing with the new camera. And of course eating!

Disembarkation on August 14 went well. Our flight home was not until 10:40 pm so we had a day to kill. We had booked a room at the Best Western Coney Island so the four of us would have somewhere to freshen up and store our luggage for the day. Then we took a cab to Coney Island. It was very interesting - a great people watching venue. We had a hot dog from the World Famous Nathan's. Then we went to the circus for two hours - the Barnum & Bailey and Ringling Bros. circus. Great entertainment for $15. Some very good acts in addition to the elephants and big cats. We then went back to the motel. Larry called a cab company on his cell. We ended up with a different one. None of their cabs are marked as cabs. It's a bit weird. We got this guy who spoke English at least - none of our other cabbies, except Char, spoke a word of English so the rides were quiet. He offered to come back and get us when we were ready to go to the airport. He was full of information - including the fact that at night Coney Island is one of the most dangerous places in Brooklyn as it is in the middle of the "Projects". The freaks come out at night, he said with guns, knives and everything else. We got to the airport with a few hours to spare. The flight was on time and very smooth. Aaron very kindly came and picked us up at 1:30 in the morning while Barry and Ann Marie planned to catch the 5:15 am ferry back to Nanaimo.

All in all a great trip! Larry and Maureen are already talking about what they've still left to see in New York.

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