Dan and Lu's Travels
Had our breakfast on the sky terrace again, which was cool, then walked to Grand Central Station. This place is stunning, all vaulted ceings and big windows and chandeliers. We caught the subway from there down to Canal Street in Chinatown. This place reminded me of Bangkok and other Asian cities a bit. People everywhere, all trying to sell you something or buy something from the street vendors. Shop after shop selling knock-off handbags (in fact we saw some very good copies) - which are obviously all illegal, and are slightly set back from the road with shutters they can pull down at a moment's notice. As we were on one corner a chinese-whispered message seemed to run down the street, the cops were coming, a line of about 6 blokes with suitcases containing fake Rolexes began to twitch and the cases closed like a Mexican wave or line of dominoes and they scuttled away..... We fought our way through for a bit until we were hungry and decided we wanted noodles. We found a fab place which was a Chinese buffet and was $4 each!!! So Leah treated me to dinner. Best Chinese I've ever had. We were wondering where the best place to go to the cinema would be and got talking to the guy at the next table who was lovely and said we should walk up Mulberry Street in Little italy and then through NoHo to Union Square. Which we did. It was a really nice walk (even though it rained and the camera seized up for a bit!) - Mulberry Street is cool, lots of little boutiques, and Little Italy's restaurants were very busy. Saw a million and one fire escapes - they're on every building and seem to be the most important aspect of some. Love them! Got to the cinema in Union Square 10 minutes before 'The Devil Wears Prada' was due to start which was perfect - just in time to get popcorn! Film was fab - lots of ideas for outfits in there! Was ace to see a film set in Manhattan, in Manhattan! Got a take away coffee and walked the thousand (it did feel like that didn't it Leah?!) blocks up Broadway back to our hotel.