New York part three

Time to be tourists.

First stop the Rockefeller centre and Top of the Rock. We opted for this viewing tower over The Empire State Building, after a bit of research and a recommendation from a friend. It seems this is the better option as less busy and you get views of Central Park. 

The views certainly did not disappoint. I am never very happy up high and it was the same on this day also. I forced myself out on two floors but bottled it completely on the top section preferring to stay in the stairwell! Madam however experienced it all. Good for her. She loved it.

Our Hotel in the centre

Empire State

 

Then it was off to master the art of travelling on the subway. There are some differences between that and the London tube. Madam and I could travel on the same ticket, tickets need to be swiped and this is not as easy as it sounds, you get a message if you do it too fast or too slow, there is a technique and we were slow to learn. You only swipe on the way in and passengers going in and out of the station use the same turnstiles. Lines don’t have names but are known by letters and the trains go uptown or downtown not north and south. So very proud that we never got on the wrong train or line! First journey involved a change of line. We disembarked and in moments surfaced to be met with this view


This is the Occulus, it houses a Westfield shopping centre. It was huge, very bright, very clean but no where to eat This is the outside


With the World Trade Centre towering behind.

We were here to see the 9/11 Memorial. Where the two towers stood there are now South and North pools. These pools contain running water, around the edge of each pools are the names of those that perished. The names are etched out and you invited to touch the names and you can see the wear where people have done so. Truly moving. Simple in design, very effective.

Renee A May – after this it said and unborn child, this moved me to tears. So very sad.

 

Next stop. Staten Island Ferry and the Statue of Liberty. The ferry is free, it travels the five mile distance in 25 minutes, you get off, get back on and return! The best thing is-it’s free. 

The coast guard was with us all the time

See the people along the bottom, this gives you an idea on how huge she is!

 

As I lie here in bed in Devon I can’t believe, we were there and did all these things, it feels a little surreal.

We returned to the Hotel in time to view the sunset before heading out for more lights.


About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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3 Responses to New York part three

  1. mawil1 says:

    You should do a travel show! I really want to go now!

  2. Wow Shaz, I love your photos and the descriptions. I think I would’ve cried at the 9/11 memorial too. So totally unnecessary. May New Years Eve celebrations happen without incident. Peace and Love and more happy travel posts is what the world needs xxx

  3. runtontorun says:

    Isnt it just amazing? so many places to run, so many possibilities….
    So much food ….

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