Last minute sight-seeing before leaving New York
17.02.2008 - 17.02.2008 5 °C
As we had packed the previous day we managed to get down to the lobby early for breakfast. We wanted to cram in as much as possible before we had to check out. Today was going to be Central Park. One of the other places we see often on the TV. As it was Sunday it was quite quiet for NY. So we made our way up 7th Avenue and in a short time we got to it. Looking at the map we had I thought it would be a good idea to head for the fountain but I seemed to remember it being not so far away. Oh well we had a nice walk and Sue enjoyed seeing the joggers (as we see on TV) and the roller bladders (as we see on TV). We saw the carousel then walked a little further saw the Strawberry Fields Memorial to John Lennon, then on to the fountain by The Bethesda Terrace. I thought this was at the south end of the park but last time I was here I was sooooo tired I must have got myself confused. Anyway I could not remember the ceiling of the Bethesda Terrace decorated with Minton glazed tiles.
But since we returned I found out that the ceiling, was part of the original design of Central Park, and was first installed in 1867. Also these tiles were handcrafted in Stoke-on-Trent, England only 50 miles from where we live. The reason I had not seen it before was that the tiles had been removed for restoration work about 25 years ago which was only completed less than a year ago. I think this was the highlight of the day for me. It was a beautiful place and so unexpected. From here we waked up to the natural history museum where a night at the museum was filmed and then we walked across the park to 5th avenue. The last thing I wanted Sue to see was Trump Towers with the trees growing in steps. We did see the trees but being winter they only looked like dead wood but I think she got the idea. We then made our way back to the hotel only 10mins past check out time. Which wasn’t a problem.
After checking out we had the decision to either try to get to Newark Airport by public transport or by Taxi. Sue opted for Taxi I’m not sure if she just wanted a ride in a yellow cab or that she just wanted the easy option but seeing 2 people with cases on the street was a clear indication that a cab was needed and 2 stopped. I’m not sure where the cab driver came from, but we got ourselves understood and we were on our way to the airport we needed. $64 later we arrived. Nothing much exciting happened here at the airport check in was fine baggage control was fine and the flight to Amsterdam was fine. We were due to arrive there at 4am and take off again at 6 to get back to Birmingham. With our body clocks still on New York time it just seemed like a late night when we arrived in Amsterdam. We had a few Euros left from our last trip to Holland so we bought a couple of drinks and Dutch biscuits. For us the rest of the journey home was no problem. But there was still another person who decided to buy his duty free drinks and try to take them on the aircraft. Which he didn’t. And that was our trip to the US.
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