19.06.2007 - 21.06.2007 28 °C
The last couple of days in New York started with an early, well organised trip to Battery Park to get tickets for the Statue of Liberty. We waited in various queues (mostly security) and got the ferry out to Liberty Island. They were filming an Eddie Murphy comedy on one of the piers, which was drawing as big a crowd as the big green woman with the torch. We queued (again) to get into the statue and, whilst you can't climb all the way up inside the body, we went out on top of the stone pedestal. Cue amazing views over the harbour, and a cracking photo op courtesy of some random strangers and their headgear.
Afterwards we got the ferry over to Ellis Island, just alongside, and looked around the Immigration buildings and displays. Really interesting, and nice to wander around in the sun afterwards taking in the views.
During the evening we travelled North to the Rockefeller Centre, and to the viewing platforms. The lift had a glass ceiling, and the liftshaft was lit up, which gave quite a fun ride up the 70 storey building. The views are cool, too, with Central Park to the North, Empire State and Downtown to the South and Times Square below just a few blocks away.
Our last day was filled with a short wander, a final (big) breakfast in a diner and a slow trudge to the airport with bags that seemed to get heavier with every step. We boarded the plane, waited in the queue for take-off, and climbed out of JFK at about half seven in the evening.
Not much sleep later we squelched to a landing at Heathrow and stumbled, bleary-eyed, back into the UK.
Everything seemed a little different, but everything was just the same. Even the weather was the same as March 26th! The Flightbus looked odd with the driver sat on the wrong side, the motorway lanes looked narrow and the countryside had no Grizzly bears or Skyscrapers. But it was very green!
And that's about it - back to a kind of normality (one where the car needs MoTing, taxing and insuring. Yikes!) and it all seems like a distant dream, unreal, and as though we'd never been away.
But not to worry - as soon as we set up the slideshows, it'll all come flooding back.
Run and hide!
Dave and Sarah XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX