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.
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
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.
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.
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.