Bus Boat Buggy Cab Subway
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
No its not ‘planes, trains, and automobiles’. Nor was it like my last ‘organized’ trip with the ‘bus, boat, buggy and train’ that I took in 2009. However I sure had a great time. This time I wasn’t alone either and that made everything so much more pleasant and exciting.
This year the tour was to New York City. For a small city girl like me, what an experience that was! First of all the weather was absolutely exceptional for October. I wouldn’t have ordered better. The drive with all the trees exhibiting their fall splendour was breathtaking. Talk about a scenic drive all the way there from here in Eastern Ontario.
Our accommodations were in Times Square...Manhattan at the Edison Hotel right where all the action is. From there we were given a tour of the city and then with all the other means of transportation available to us, we saw all the highlights. We saw New York City at night from the ‘top of the rock’, the Rockefeller Center. We investigated the Empire State Building, World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty and cried at Ground Zero and the memorials. We prayed at the Cathedral church of St. John the Divine and at St. Patrick’s cathedral. Since there was a wedding take place at the latter, we took that in too. We photographed the antique white Rolls Royce that held the bride to the 24 passenger white stretch limousine. I even photographed the chauffeur who was about to open the bottle of champagne as the bride and groom approached at the end of the ceremony. We took in a broadway show, ‘Jersey Boys’ (the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) and that was absolutely fantastic. I saw where John Lennon lived and died and where Jacquie Kennedy Onassis lived. We rode the buggy through Central Park all the while appreciating trees. We learned about the five boroughs (counties) of New York City and how people live. We put our lives in the hands of the driver of a New York City taxi cab only for the experience of which we will never do again. We ate well and walked until our legs felt like tree stumps. We had to eat a New York pretzel just as much as we had to shop at Macy’s. We strolled down Fifth Avenue and claimed we did it all. Whether we did or not folks, I had a marvellous time and I doubt if I will ever return. There are so many more places to see and explore. My word is that everyone should have the opportunity to visit New York City.
Nice place to visit but not for ME to live there.
HUGS to all