Today, it seems, that the weather in NYC has realised that we aren't actually from Canada and that we are from England. This would explain why we have been graced with torrential downpours all day. Last night it snowed unbelievably heavily and everywhere was covered in a ton of snow. It looked beatiful until it started to bucket down and then it turned into an awful awful sludge.
So today has been day 2 of the Big Apple and we have definitely decided that all in all, its not a patch on Toronto. It has grown on us in terms of tourist attractions and have found lots we want to do should we return again but our first experience of this big city is that it definitely could do with some buffing around the edges. There are tons of amazing galleries, shops and unusual things to see but something about this city has left a bitter taste in our mouths.
We went on a hop on and off bus and have seen so so many places that we would love to visit again: Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Museum of Natural History and not to mention all of the small nooks and crannies that there seem to be to explore here. Unfortunately cos of time restrictions we havent gotten around as much as we'd have liked but there is always next time. These are the things we've 'hopped off' to see
1- Ground Zero- The site is absolutely huuuuge. Cant believe the space it has left behind. There is construction going on at the minute and one trade centre is veing rebuilt. We couldnt find the memorial though and the people we asked for directions dwerent exactly forthcoming with the right info haha but ahhhhh well.
2- Ellis Island- We loved this! I know I could have stayed for days and days just looking at everything. Mum this is def one for you to see, although I think Ive got most of it on film for you haha. Will definitely be going back to see this. Got the ferry over and bypassed the Statue of Liberty on the way, so have got some great piccies of this (even though there was lots of mist)
3- Rockerfella Centre- Looks like it would be pretty amazing in the summer time but with all of the rain it looked like a shallow swimming pool haha. Got some cool piccies of it though. Went for a walk up 5th Avenue and saw all of the amazing shops: Saks, Versace, Gucci, Luis Vuitton and the all important........ (see number 6)
4- F.A.O Schwartz- For those of you not in the know, this is the big toy store that features in the film Big- you know, the one where he plays the big piano on the floor. Phil- I KNOW that you're impressed with that haha although we got there just as it was closing so have only got piccies of the outside (theres reason number 50 for a return to NYC haha) The Apple Store is just in front of the toy store and looks really impressive so yes you guessed it- we got some pictures of that too haha
And there you have it- NYC in 2 short days, its been good and have a great idea of what to expect the next time we visit. We're both really excited about the tour starting to see what the rest of America has in store for us.
We've only been gone for a week and already seems like forever haha.....we miss you all lots and have forgotten what you all look like (just kiddin, isnt that what facebook is for eh haha)
Its been great so far and I think we've both realised things about ourselves too- I was warned I would but didnt really believe them so thanks JP and Carol for those nuggets of advice, you'll def be seeing a reformed me when I next hit the crocodile swamp (for the rest of you guys thats the place I affectionately call work haha)
Not sure when we'll next update becasue we don't know what clapped out contraption we'll be touring the rest of US in haha
lots of love
Deb and Heath
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PS can we say thankyou to those people who have shown 2 rookie travellers the way in this big city. We are honoured that you welcomed us into your hearts and wanted to show us a good time, or help us find our own good times- we will remember you fondly :o)
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