Day 3 of the big trip “home“. Be aware, this is a loooooooooong post!
After a 10 hour flight and a 1 hour bus trip (next time it will be a taxi!), we finally checked into our ‘loftstel’. It may have looked good on the net, but it’s a hole! It’s disgustingly dirty! The bath still had hair and a dirty ring in it from the previous guests! Anyway, we’re cutting our stay short and checking out tomorrow!
After checking in at 4pm on Saturday, we went out to buy some food, came home, cooked some dinner and then went straight to bed at around 8.30pm.
Next morning we were up at 5.30am! We had some breakfast and then made the journey to Grand Central Station. (New Yorkers will tell you that it’s a terminal, not a station ‘cos all trains terminate here!) We caught a train out to Fairfield in Connecticut to visit an old friend of mine. We spent a fantastic day with them, braai-ing some juicy lamb chops and eating ice-cream on the beach. Unfortunately, reality came rushing back when we had to come home to our (still) dirty apartment.
Today was a sightseeing day in the Big Apple. Our first stop was Chinatown. Smelly fish markets and crowded veg stalls abound. We dodged our way down Mott Street and took a left into Godfatherland; Little Italy. Our $11.00 breakfast of coffee and… well, just coffee, was going to have to last until lunch time.
Next we caught the subway to the ferry terminal at South Ferry, hoping to sail out to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. But neither Deb nor I was willing to brave the 3 hour queue that had already formed! We took some photos, then walked the five blocks to Ground Zero.
This was quite a sight. Not only was the place crawling with workmen rebuilding the area, but the number of policemen, memorials and tourists (did I forget to mention that it is school break over here) was amazing.
Our next stop was Central Park for lunch, but we couldn’t find anything to eat. After a short rest in the park, we caught the bus and the subway back down to Times Square for a bite of McDonald’s (it had to be done!). We did some shopping on 5th Avenue before walking south to the Empire State Building.
The 3 of us headed straight to the top – 102 floors up! What an awesome view from the glass observatory. We caught the elevator down to the 86th floor to view the city from the outdoor area. Again, eye-popping.
After dinner at a local brewery and a quick stop at Madison Square Gardens, we caught the subway home for a 10pm finish.
More adventure tomorrow.