Firstly I can't believe so many people are reading my blog, nice to know but I don't understand how I have over 200 hits for some entries, who are ya?
I have had another crazy busy day and am totally paying the price for it now, my back and feet are killing me and I'm not sure how I'm going to manage in Boston tomrrow, maybe it can be a little more chilled as there probably isn't as much to do.
So after sorting myself out and scaring the cleaning woman this morning (she waas in my room and I came in wrapped in only a towel and I have since realised that I left my shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in there which is now awol and they were practically full! :o( ). Before I left, I went up onto the roof of my hotel and took a few pictures, although couldnt really see a great deal as most of the buildings are really tall. I didn't have a plan so set off 'winging' it.
I started on Lexington and to the Chrysler building and then over the road into Grand Central station. I had forgotton how fab this building is. The pictures dont do it justice. Its such a busy place, but its very elegant and I had forgotton about the star formations painted on the ceiling.
After that I took the metro to 86th street to get cultured at the Guggenheim. I didn't know what to expect, but the architecture of the building alone was impressive. I quickly got a hot dog from a sidewalk stand and went inside. The inside is as good as the outside. The lighting was difficult to get good pictures. You can't take photos of the exhibitions, but I loved it. The main exhibition was called Haunted and was really good, definitely my kind of thing. Most of the other stuff was good too. There were some older style pieces by people like Kandinsky, Picasso, Gogh and Monet, I wasnt bothered about these but wandered round anyway. I was there about 2 hours, but could have spent a lot more if I didnt have to fit so much in!
After that I spoke to Rich who has booked the girls in for diving by lying about Georges age...he always get it wrong anyway!!! But they are having a good time still and Rich is OK which Im happy about. I kind of wish I was there, seems so funny to be so far apart that their day begins when my previous one begins. Be even worse in a few days when I move accross more time zones, although thats about the time they will be heading home, so will probably work out about the same.
I then dipped into Central park and walked around Jackie Onassis resevoir, its absolutly huge but tiny compared to the size of Central Park, I'd forgotton just how big it is. I then headed to Madison Avenue in search of Agnes B in case I could find something nice for Rich...it was Femme only. Now Rich can be pretty feminine when it comes to fasion, but no! So I turned park and headed past the MOMA and back into central park.
Its a whole different place in the summer. Last time I was here it was cold and quiet. This time its sunny and there are lots of different activities going on...frisbee, baseball, boats on the lake, chilling on the grass and of course, cycling and jogging. I think the funniest thing I saw was too blokes walking chatting...not funny, but then they both had Ipads and were using them, only in New York!!! There are also lots of groups of kids from community clubs etc, they all seem to be having a good time and I love the little black kids, theyre so sweet and funny. There are also two girls dressed in big fairytale gowns. It looks like some kind of wedding dress photoshoot as there are other dresses there too. I dont know how they will get picyures of just them because everyone is stopping to look at them and take their own pictures (myself included). I make my way around past Alice and Wonderland statue, boathouse, littery walk and up to Strawberry fields when there is the 'Imagine' tribute to John Lennon who was killed just round the corner.
I then get the metro to 5th Avenue to take in some of the shops. I get the metro to the Rockerfeller center and have a look in the shops and re-fuel at Pret.
IMG_0730 There is a Ben and Jerrysshop, but I resist andmight come back later if I head to 'the top of the rock'. There are quite a few designers such as Gucci and Prada and of course Tiffanys. I wander in to have a peak at the silver jewellery as I am hoping I might find something to catch my eye, it is my 30th next week afterall. I have a look at the diamonds (a girl can dream afterall) and then head for the silver section (more my price range). I am looking for a ring but there arn't many and the one I find looks expensive and I am too scared to ask how much it is so take a pic to check it out online. Just as well really as it is $1950 (although online iits white gold) and looks rather like an engagement ring, so not to scare my bank balance or Rich, I dont think I will be going back!
By this point my feet are screaming out so I head to Nike Town and buy some trainers. Just as well really because the bottom of my shoes both have cracks in them (no wonder my feet hurt)! I then take a quick peak in Bloomingdales but I'm done shopping!
So off to Battery Park I head on the metro to get the ferry to liberty island. I arrive to find that the times in my guide book were wrong and I just missed the last one. Im really annoyed. There is a water taxi soon after (again, the last one), but its 90 minutes return and if I don that I will not be able to do all the other stuff, so I decide to not bother and resort to definitely doing it next time (3rd time lucky)!
I then go to ground zero. Last time I was here (in 2003), it was all underground and you could see where the concourse underneath had been. They have actually started building something here now and so it is less of a shrine than it was. It just looks like a normal building site which I wasn't expecting.
After, I walk down Wall street and past the stock exchange and then get the metro up to Brooklyn bridge. Last time I came here I decided it was one of my favorite places. Again, I am not disappointed and feel myself getting excited as I get closer and closer. I can't describe why, but I really love it, I get some amazing pics so I am happy.
Its starting to get dark so I get the metro to 23rd street to Madison square garden, where i find people doing yoga and past the Flatiron building (once the tallest building in NY) and then up 5th to the Empire State building. The queues arn't too bad, but still takes a while to get to the 86th floor, which I am anxious about because I want to get some pics before and after it gets dark.
When I eventually get to the top it is bordering on dusk so I wizz round getting pictures from each side. Its quite busy, so I find a spot and relax and watch lower manhatten fall into darkness. Last time I was at Empire state it was daytime and light. Its even more amazing at night. Again, the pictures don't do it justice, so I spend at least an hour just chilling and relaxing after my crazy day rushing around. An American guy starts talking to me. I find it so weird when I speak as I'm getting so used to the American accent that when I speak I expect it to be the same. It takes me by suprise when my weird English tones come out and I over pronouce everything, really quite strange. And speaking of English, I have heard all sorts of nationalities since arriving 5 days ago, but have not heard any English at all...where are all the Brits?!?!
Ater that I stop to get some food from a mexican fast food type place called Chipottle. The menu makes me laugh as its menu is on the wall like in BK/Macdonalds, except after everything it tells you its calories...but there still are fat people in America?!?!?
I've been a bit too snap happy today as its the first time I've had to change my camera battery, pretty good going, my new camera is awesome!
Then I take a leisurely stroll to Times square. I didnt see this by night last time and I dont remember it being quite this big. Its all lights and so busy even though its 11 at night. I guess this is a tiny tiny taster in preperation for Vegas in about 12 days time! Theres a man selling 'Obama' condoms and shouting "Be cool, Protect your tool"...mental!
By now Im ready to drop, and my feet and back really are hurting. A couple of times Ive bent down or coughed and my back has snapped. Im hoping if I take it easy in Boston tomorrow it will calm down, but I will need to take some tablets. As for my feet. Wearing trainers half the day has kicked off my Athletes foot again. Will it end!!! At least I might loose some weight with all the walking I've been doing. I did about 14 hours on my feet today, its no wonder they are sore!
Anyway, I arrive back at the hotel (making a slight detour past Radio City) and can't remember my number. After trying 301, I suceed with my second guess 201!
I have a shower (as my dress has been stuck to me all day, although its not as hot as Philly, its very humid and stuffy) and think about packing and write this. It's now 3.30 and I'm getting the train at 6.55 so seems pointless in going to sleep at all, think I will have a power nap though! Seemed like a good idea when I booked the ticket, although its 4 hours so I can get some more sleep then.
Not sure how my body is going to cope, not even a quarter of the way in, its such a long time till I'm home, every day feels like a week, I can't believe this time last week I was in Middlesbrough, it seems like months ago!
Again, I have seen so much patriotism today. Its so weird how it seems to be steeped in their blood, you get nothing like it in England.
I kind of wish Rich was in New York with me today. We've both talked about the things we havn't managed to do before and I still havn't. But its the kind of place I would come back to again and again and do the same stuff, I just love it, except I would love to come for a long weekend so that I can do it at a leaisurely pace and do stuff like a show and watch a Yankees game. I just know Rich would have loved to be here to share today and so I miss him if only for that reason.
In a nutshell...I love New York!...
PS has anyone noticed that some of my pictures seem to be on a slant (right side is top heavy)? I dont know if its the camera or me!?!?!