We arrived on December14th at JFK and headed into the city in a link mini bus. The driver played ` Christmas music all the way and the houses we passed were lit up for Christmas as only American houses can be. An excitable person in the calmest of times I was a little hyper by the time we checked in to the hotel.
We were so close there was only one place to go for our first visit.
This first short walk made us realise just how cold it was so we decided against the trip up the Empire State Building and grabbed dinner in a brasserie before bed.
The next day wearing just about all the layers we had we set off for the Broadway ticket queue. It was very long and I decided there was more to life than to spend my first morning freezing in a queue for available tickets which seemed mostly for shows also in London or I had already seen.We decided to go for breakfast.
So now I have to tell you how exciting it got. I am easy to please…. a New York Taxi.
With so many grandchildren we had to visit the famous toy shops , now all sadly bought out by TOYS R US.
We bought a fire engine with a siren which activated when you moved it. The only way to stop the noise seemed to be to dismantle it and take out the battery. My son will probably do the same thing on Boxing Day.
I got so excited we had to cross the intersection four ways to make a complete circle just to hear it over again!
I couldn’t resist this one
We could not do the museum justice but managed a couple of presents in the design shop before heading for the Rockerfella centre.
If ever you lost a LEGO brick this was the place to come
We decided to visit the famous library.
We caught a fabulous exhibition of religious hand written texts, the Qur’an , early bibles etc.
No pause and onto Central Station.
The building just oozes atmosphere and evokes nostagia ,even on the first visit , for all those famous movie scenes filmed here.
Next day was so cold and we had already walked so far we took a tourist bus.So through Greenwich Village and onto Battery park and the Statton Island Ferry.
By now my face was numb and after a Starbucks warm up we jioned a Brooklyn tour.