26.07.2012 - 30.07.2012 27 °C
G 'day everyone from the Big Apple,,
Yes we are still alive and and flat out in NYC, although writing this from our digs in Washington DC. on 30th July,, was going to write this blog from the train but could not connect for some reason, and far too busy in NYC - and still only touched the surface of this most amazing city.
Thursday 26th July Day 13
An early departure from the digs to catch a cab to South Station in Boston for our 4 hour train journey into NYC. After some brekky on the go our train departed on time and we arrived also on time about 12-30 pm. Another cab to Hotel Elysee where we met Trevor and Anne and settled in.
We had a few quite beers before heading downtown on the subway to the Gramercy Tavern for our special dinner to celebtrate that Leonie was finally over her health problems. Coming out after a wonderful dinner, wines and beers we were delighted to see a black Limo waiting for any adhoc business, Trevor went into negotation mode and we were on our way back to the digs at a very good price, all on board were well and truly fed and watered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday 27th July Day 14
We had prebooked a visit to the 911 memorial at the World Trade Centre site, so were out on the subway again and queued up to inspect what has been happening here since that awful day in 2001.
On the existing site of towers 1 and 2 they have built 2 enormous pools/fountains on the exact spots where the 2 towers stood, surrounded by in excess of 2900 names of New Yorkers and fire fighters, police and other emergency workers who lost their lives.
The new trade towers are being built on the existing sites of the World Trade Centre so no buildings will be built where towers 1 and 2 once stood.
After an hour or so here we caught the subway to 14th st, walked through Greenwich Village to the "High Line" a disused elevated old freight line which has been turned into a pedestrian walkway with eateries and restuarants etc along the way.
We took lunch and refreshment at "The Standard" and then walked back home through crowded streets for a well earned spell before heading to dinner to the "Pappillon " bar and grill "our local"
Saturday 28th July Day 15
This was "Central Park Day" and the girls started out with the obligatory horse drawn carriage ride through the southern part of the park, next we wandered along Literary Walk then onto the western side to check out the "Imagine" mosaic and "The Dakota Building" on the corner of 72nd St, opposite Strawberry Fields, this is of course where John Lennon lived and was shot dead in 1980. Yoko still lives here, and Pierre was nearly run over here because he forgot to look on the correct side of the road whilst taking a photo!!!!!!!
From here we walked back to the lake and boathouse and Leonie finally realised one of her dreams and we all hired row boats for an hour and sailed around the lake surrounded by the Manhatten skyline and lush trees and gardens of Central Park.
All of this work certainly works up a thirst and appetite so what else is there to do but brunch in "The Boathouse" restaraurant, which overlooks the lake. Leonie thought she had died and gone to heaven - to walk off brunch we strolled down 5th Ave checking out the apartment blocks and Tiffanys that overlook the park and back home before a rest before walking around the corner to Radio City Music Hall where we saw Cirque de Soleil "Zarkana", this show has got to be seen to be believed, some of the acts defy human endurance and skill - truly amazing.
Dinner after the show at Ruby Foos an asian fusion restaurant and then to Times Square to scheck out the lights etc then home to bed about 12-30 am - phew what a day.
PS T and D - "Chicago" is still playing at the Ambassodor Theatre on Broadway>.
Sunday 29th July Day 16
Today we where picked up by bus on 8th and 44th for our Harlem Spiritual and Brunch tour. (Rik, we checked out your hotel today - very close to Times Sq etc)
Shiela our guide was excellent, outlining the history of Manhatten and Harlem as we ventured into unchartered territory above 110th st, Harlem has had a makeover over the years and is now a very safe and sought after area to live and work. First settled by the Dutch in the 1600's and in 1800's by African Americans, it is the home of the Apollo Theatre where names such as Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few got their starts.
Onto the "Highway Deliverence Temple where we were the guests of the locals at church - again no words can describe this, drums organs, singing, dancing in the aisles while "praising the lord" - hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah bothers and sisters. --- unreal. Onto lunch at the famous "Cotton Club " for a soul food brunch before heading back south where we we finally had a quite night in having a light dinner in Trev and Annes room.
Monday 30th July Day 17
Our last day in the Big Apple so we all split up T and A to Wall St, Ris shopping and Leonie and I walked across Brooklyn Bridge, then Grand Central Station, United Nations, St Patricks Cathedral, Saks on 5th Ave and Banana Republic............
Back to hotel in time to check out and for 1 beer in the "Monkey Bar" before cab to Penn Station for train to Washington.
Wow and Wow - this is one of the most amazing cities in the world, so big and crowded but easy to get around and we felt very safe at all times.................
Rikki and Chris - get ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arrived in Washinton around 5-30pm and in digs, just ready to go to dinner,,,,,,,,,,
Pierre and Leonie and Ris