Ok, so we managed to get on the plane and set off for New York!!!
Flight was good. It took 7 hrs 45 mins. Food was ok, Movies ok (la la no need to bring eye mask... they give em out free!!)
We landed in JFK and called our mums to let em know all was ok (ahh bless!) We got a shuttle bus to our Hotel on 10th Avenue. It took about an hour, but it was great as we got to see quite a lot of the city, dropping everyone off at their hotels. Its really easy to navigate as all laid out in a grid with streets and avenues. Its really strange to have the driver on the wrong side of the car.
ITS COLD!! (-3 C)
Got to hotel around 20:30 local time (1:30 am GMT). Its really nice hotel, the room is massive just like the portions of food and the cars. The cars are amazing, they are so huge they look like they're on steroids!
We headed out for a wonder around the local streets, ending up in Starbucks (how original) for a Hot Chocolate and a danish (again.. HUGE!) We got to bed around 11pm (4am GMT).. so pretty wacked!
Managed to drag ourselves out of bed this morning around 9am, not feeling to rough. Not sure what all this fuss about Jet lag is about!!! wimps! :o
We found a little 'Diner' accross the street for breakfast, It was full of REAL AMERICANS! They are so funny!
Its just like being on a film set, (and yes steam actually does come out of the drains and all the cops are fat, and there really are Traffic Cops standing on the junctions blowing their whistles and waiving their sticks)
We bought a Metro Card which gives us unlimited travel on subways and busses. Had a great day exploring Downtown: Staten Isalnd, Statue of liberty, Ground Zero, China Town, walked Brooklyn bridge, City Hall, Federal reserve bank (9,000 tonnes of gold), NY Stock Exchange, Trinity Church.
The ferry crossing to Staten Is. was great. We got a fantastic view of the Statue Of Liberty as we sailed passed. We got off at Staten Island and went for a bit of a wonder, looking for somewhere to get some lunch. It was like a ghost town, it was quite eriee (!), Really not much to see. So we got straight back on the next ferry back to Manhatten :O
Being at Ground zero, the former sight of the twin towers was really weird. There's a very strange feeling in the air, it seems a lot quieter around there, as if everyone is paying respect, including the builders working on the new Freedom Tower to go in its place.
Trinity Church looked very strange being towered over by a bunch of modern sky-scrapers.
Brooklin Bridge was so beautiful, and the sun was just setting, so half way across we looked back to see the Manhatten skyline, reflecting across the water... it was Breathtaking! (of maybe that was just the cold air!)
We then got the subway back to Times square (just like Picadily Circus, But bigger... MUCH BIGGER). Then took a walk down Broadway. Its weird, you are walking around looking at everything at street level, then look up and it is just massive buildings towering into the sky, like nothing we have ever seen before... "Awesome"!
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Love Ed & Rachel