Another early morning as we were off to the Statue of Liberty! We got the subway down to Battery Park and wandered over to Clinton Castle to pick up our tickets as we had got tickets to climb to the crown of the statue (only 240 people each day are allowed to climb to the crown). I don't think I have ever been so cold as it was about 0C but blowing a gale and coming off the water, it was soooo cold! And I wasn't looking forward to the boat ride to Liberty Island...but it wasn't too bad.
Although it was kind of snowing when we arrived on Liberty Island - not enough to settle but enough to make walking around looking at things difficult, we headed to start the walk to the top of the crown. It's 354 steps and many of them are awkward to climb but it was amazing to be at the top. We then headed back to the city and walked through downtown.
First stop was Wall St and the New York Stock Exchange. It looks really good with all the Christmas decorations up. We also stopped at Trinity Church and then walked to the World Trade Center site where they are actually making some progress on the buildings and memorial. We then headed over to the west side and found the Irish Famine Memorial which is so cleverly designed, it's like you are actually in Ireland.
We then headed to St Paul's, near the World Trade Center, and then got back on the subway to the East Village for a look around. We stopped at McSorley's for an ale (an Irish Ale House) before heading back to the subway and on to FAO Schwarz, the toy shop. We watched the professional Big Piano players and considered buying a Whatsnot (a make your own Muppet) but decided it was too hard to carry for the rest of the trip!
We then went to the Lego Store in Rockefeller Center but there's not much in there - the lego of the Rockefeller Center is quite amusing though, complete with skaters! We then decided it was time to climb the Empire State Building...okay, so after climbing the Statue of Liberty, we didn't climb any stairs - we took the elevator! The view from the top was amazing again and it was really, really cold and windy up there!
We headed back to the hotel, stopping to admire the Macy's Christmas window's. The story this year was 'Yes, Virginia' and it was all made of paper. It was very well done and well worth the small detour! We then collapsed into the hotel at 8pm after a 12 hour day and watched a nice Christmas movie before bed!