Wednesday, 14 May 2014

New York City NY (Day 2)

Guess what???? Another birthday!!!

Today is our amazing sister-in-law, Diana Beglaw's birthday. I won't mention her age, but suffice to say that she is exactly 38 days OLDER than I am!! I do like to remind her of that but she usually has the upper hand over me on practical jokes!!

Anyway, Di, this one's for you!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY from New York City!! We love you and hope you have an amazing day!! We have been many places on this journey that we wished you and Don had been with us!!

So, day one of exploring New York City. It is mind-blowing to say the least and with only two days to see it, we know we will hardly even scratch the surface of it. We will just have to give it our best effort, right?  We were up and at the ferry dock right here in the marina at 9:00 a.m. (with some not so happy looking commuters). It costs $7 each, each way but because of the proximity to the financial district and all the important stuff, we felt it worthwhile. We just loved the NY Waterway service. It reminded us of the Sea Bus in Vancouver but these guys really haul butt! In fact, when you are in the harbour, they seem to be racing all over the place and sometimes look like they are racing each other. Pretty funny!! We opted for the 48 hour, Gray Line Hop on/Hop off bus (like we used in Washington DC). Works great when you have a limited amount of time. We usually ride lots the first day to sort out where we are and where we want to spend more time on the next day. We got a free bike rental for Central Park and a free night tour. Total cost for each of us was $59.
Now, just to brief everyone. We saw lots today but there are a few things we did NOT see. they will be on tomorrow's agenda. One thing we did not see was the Statue of Liberty (up close anyway), The 9/11 Freedom Tower and surrounding memorial areas, walking the Brooklyn Bridge and we have a free 1 hour bike rental for Central Park. 
Freedom Tower visible...

This is what our taxi looked like too!!
So, I have been sitting here in the van for the past 2 hours trying to post this blog. This is all I have to show for it, picture wise. I am going to give up for the night as it is now 11:00 pm here on the east coast and we have another early start tomorrow.
I will have to combine the two New York tour days into another post. That could be a long one. Don't worry, I won't forget the stories, you'll just have to wait an extra day!!
I know, darn it anyway!!!
Thought for the Day: Since we drove by the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon & Yoko Ono lived..."All we are saying is give peace a chance"


  1. Have fun first of all, blog later when you have the time and energy! Love reading your stories! Cheers!

  2. We weren't interested in seeing the Statue of Liberty "up close" because of the price and the line up. Also because you get close enough on the FREE Staten Island Ferry.

  3. It would be impossible to "see everything," even if you had a year. Just enjoy what you are seeing and leave the possibility to visit another time. It looks like you're enjoying sunny and nice Spring weather. Can't wait to hear more . . .

  4. Thanks everyone for the great comments. Peter-you are right, have fun first!!
    Kevin-we agree, love the free ferry. Something "free" in NYC???
    MP-You are right, you can never see everything. Just have fun, right?