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May 30, 2017 - Subway conundrum

Another grey day - we had a slow start as C was a bit tired and needed forty winks after breakfast. J had a snoop around the streets and when he returned decided that long trousers and a fleece would be a good idea, along with rain jackets just in case. The first bit was easy - a no 1 train downtown to Chambers St. A few blocks later we were at the 911 Memorial Park. This was an impressive monument - not rising up as many monuments are, but this time going down cascading waterfalls disappearing into the earth. There are two Square...

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May 29, 2017 - Are you picking up or dropping off?

Today was forecast to rain - and it did. We arose before the alarm again and could see raindrops falling on the nearby roof. The weather radar showed heavier rain north west and south east of the city, but we decided on some inside options for the day. Breakfast as usual and we headed out and east at about 10:30. We decided that we could do without rain jackets for a while as the rain was very light and we darted from cover to cover. We made our way to Madison Garden Park which was very green, beautiful trees, squirrels, and statues and...

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May 29, 2017 - Relaxing

Went out and had a light tea - soup and bread, followed by coffee Then J decided to watch some TV - and surprise - a film he had wanted to see. Sully - the story of the pilot who ditched his Airbus into the Hudson River in the middle of winter after a bird strike took out both engines a few minutes after takeoff in NY. It was a good film. C was not sure it was the sort of film she wanted to see 3 nights before leaving NY by air!! J thought the best line was when the copilot was asked what he would do differently if it all happened again....

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May 28, 2017 - Expletive! - we're from Australia

Today was forecast fine, so although it is likely to be another busy memorial weekend day, we decided we would go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island in the morning, and something else later. ha ha.......... Had a good breakfast with large chunks of fresh pineapple on offer today. We still haven't made ourselves waffles - mainly due to our waistlines! We headed out about 10:30 and planned to take a short subway ride to a stop close to the ferry terminals. Wrong! There were no Downtown trains at our stop. The sign said to go uptown a...

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May 27, 2017 - Folds in his Cossack

After a good long sleep, we awake about 7:30, showered, dressed, and went down for breakfast. It was very chaotic - people everywhere carrying food or searching for it! C found a table in the corner and we all had cereal, fruit and yoghurt, plus eggs and toast. Then we made coffees, and took them up on the roof and sat in the sun - J took a few more photos of course. I had my photo taken with a typical NY backdrop - fire escapes! We then went to the foyer where J booked tickets for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They printed out after some...

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May 26, 2017 - New York, New York!!

We left Charleston today after a special tour of the South by P&L. They dropped us at the airport at about 8:45 after a short drive from the city. It's a nice airport surrounded by trees, lawns and lakes. Due to late aircraft and crew arrivals elsewhere, our flight was delayed by about 40 minutes. The crew, procedures and aircraft were very good - JetBlue. Not a long flight to JFK and not very high so views were had. The even offered snacks in the form of corn chips, blue potato chips, coco chip biscuits etc. When we landed ( from the east)...

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May 23, 2017 - Well Hello Dolly!

Mom's first visit to NYC. We planned the trip well over 6 months ago as a high school graduation/pre-birthday celebration trip for Mom, Ang, Kay, Audrey and myself. Although I'm not allowed to say the number, let's just say this is a BIG year for momma. When I heard Bette Midler was going to be in Hello Dolly, I knew we had to take mom to see her first broadway musical. Audrey had other plans though, so she ditched the family girls trip for a music fest with friends. Oh well. Not sure Hello Dolly would have been her "thang" anyway. But, NYC...

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May 18, 2017 - Last full day in New York

The bus arrived into New York at 6:00am, 40 minutes before schedule. We did the backtrack through the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the subway and our New York home. We had to recharge our Metro cards before we went anywhere as we'd used up our 7 days. We certainly got our money's worth out of the week. I expected to be really tired however wasn't feeling too bad. I had a reasonable amount of sleep on the bus as both Pete and I had a double seat to ourselves. We decided to get some washing and drying done before tackling the city. It's our...

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May 15, 2017 - Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

We allowed ourselves a bit of a lazy morning this morning after our busy day yesterday. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are on the agenda today, the weather is reasonable....sunny and a bit breezy. We set off about 10 and caught the subway to South Ferry. There was a short walk to the ferry terminal, a quick exchange of NY Pass for tickets and then a bit of a wait as we went through airport-like security. It was then onto the ferry. They run every 20 minutes so if you miss one, the next one's not too far away. The ferries are very...

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May 14, 2017 - New York - Staten Island, The Guggenheim and Chicago

We don't have to be anywhere today until 7pm as we are going to Chicago, the musical so we had a leisurely morning before setting off at 9:30. We decided to catch the free ferry to Staten Island, because we could. Off to the subway and the trip right to the end of the line, the South Ferry station. The station is right next to the ferry terminal so we lined up with hundreds of others for the ferry trip. It's a beautiful sunny day and it's Mothers Day here too so heaps of families out, lots of flowers being carried around. We had a bit of a...

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May 10, 2017 - New York

We have a full day here before catching the train to Boston to,or row so we were up early and set off to the subway station to by our metro pass. We found the station easily and then tried to communicate to the guy at the ticket office what we wanted to buy and if we could buy a senior's pass for Pete (you need to be 65 to qualify). It was worse than trying to talk to someone in Cuba so we went to the vending machine and followed the steps for a 7-day unlimited pass. I'd researched the pass and this one looked to be the best for us. While...

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May 9, 2017 - Havana to New York

We decided to get going early to make sure we had no dramas finding our way to the airport. We were down to about 35CUC and were hoping to find a taxi at the same price as when we arrived....30CUC as this seems to be the airport to city standard price. After running the gauntlet of Ronaldo's parents and lots of Spanish thrown in our direction, we made it out into the street and waked down towards the water. Everywhere else we've been, as soon as we step onto the street, at least one person is offering a taxi. Not so today. As we walked...

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