Walk walk walk and sore feet
16.02.2008 - 16.02.2008 5 °C
Today was the day we were going up the Empire State Building again, and as it was a Saturday we know it was going to be busy. We went down for our breakfast (in the lobby) and found it even more cramped this time as the weekend tourists were here. After managing to eat our bagels without dropping everything. We took our coffee out with us and made our way.
The weather was with us again it wasn’t raining and it was quite sunny too. So we knew we would have a good view. Getting there we saw that it was busy but because we had previous bought our tickets we were directed straight to the front of the security checks only one problem here. They would only let us take the non extending mini tripod. Maybe they thought the light weight 10 inch tripod could be used as a deadly weapon who knows. But we had to check it in and then made our way to the lifts. After another ear popping accent we got to the 80th floor and then joined the queue for the next lift. This time we had to wait for the photographers to take pictures of the visitors with the blue screen (Why bother??) we made our excuses when we go to them and carried on to the lifts. And on to the viewing deck.
It looks so different in day light you can recognise more buildings and see the traffic mainly yellow cabs going through the streets beneath. But it was busier and we at times had to jostle our way to get a better view. Just then a passing NYPD helicopter hovered in front of us for a great Kodak moment and Even Sue got a wave back from them hahaha. But after a while we’d seen our views and taken our photos and made our way back inside. But before we left Valentino Pup made another singing appearance, which was capture for posterity. Then down via the gift shop to street level.
Next place on the agenda was Grand Central station.
If you have seen major railway stations in the UK you would think how dismal they were even the ones in London. But Grand Central is fantastic. It looks more like a museum. With the painted high ceilings and the stonework and chandeliers. Another reason for coming here was to find out about leaving our luggage on the Sunday so we could have more time to sight see after we checked out of our hotel. But unfortunately we were told they no longer do that since 9/11. We looked around the stations other levels but did not stop as we had other places to visit. But we did make one more thing. Another appearance by Valentino pup hahaha. Next place to visit was The Chrysler building as the best building I feel in New York when you look up at it, it looks like something from the Batman cartoons. Gothic and modern mixed together.
When you get to the entrance its typical 1930’s deco. We went in to the foyer as I did as tourist last time there but this time there was a sign saying no entry unless on business. This was another restriction after 9/11. I was glad I had been able to see more of the décor close up last time I visited. But I think Sue was still impressed by the marble walls and marble pictures in the ceilings. And we could just see the lift doors with the inlayed designs.
After being a bit disappointed the next place on the agenda was the UN building I’d seen photos and it on TV with all the flags of the nations. It is a place I feel stands for peace but peace is something everyone should want to make it work.
We got the guide book out and made our way then we spotted a street vendor selling ear muffs we had to have a pair each hahaha Even though the sun was out the wind was still biting. We carried on walking and walking and walking and walking then I realised we had been walking in the wrong direction. Being mindful of Sue's back the day before I apologised for getting it wrong and we headed off in the right direction and eventually came to it. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm no flags.
Even the garden was closed so we cold not walk around that and see the peace sculptures. Very disappointing. I still took a couple of photos though so unless you know what you are looking at it just looks like another office block but you can see the empty flag poles at it’s base. Time to stop for a coffee and a warm up by this time it was getting on 4 in the afternoon. What to do now? Looking at the guide book we decided to find the Rockefeller Centre. It seemed a really popular place to be lots of people having fun but not as I expected. I thought the ice skating would be at street level but it was really good to be able to look down at all ages having fun. I’m sure I’ve seen it in a film somewhere.
Then back to the hotel to pack for our flight back to the UK on Sunday. We had some snacks we’d brought with us and decided to have that and the chocolate from Valentine’s Day instead of a meal so it was a good healthy way to end the day hahaha.