21.06.2013 28 °C
We survived the night in our minimalist room, had a little sleep in and then headed up the street to the Holiday Inn for breakfast. We then headed off to Ground Zero to see the 9/11 memorial.
I had already booked on line, so we went to the office to pick up the tickets and then walked a couple of blocks to join the queue to get in.
A lot of people come to this memorial, but the line moves pretty quickly. There is pretty strict security as you would imagine. It is a very moving and amazing memorial. The architect needs to be congratulated. It's hard to describe and the photos don't do it justice. There is the constant sound of running water. The water flows 30 feet over the top wall into the pool below and then that water flows down a deep hole into the centre of the pond. You can't see the bottom of the hole and you get the impression that the buildings and the victims just disappeared down the hole. It is very moving but sort of nice, at the same time.
The names of all the victims are engraved on the edge of the wall. We saw a few women's names with "and her unborn child" engraved next to her name. So sad.
This is the survivor tree. It survived the bombings, then being ripped out of the ground in a storm!
We left the memorial and headed for the museum which is next to the Liberty Street fire station, some of whose members were killed trying to save people after the planes crashed into the World Trade Centre. The museum is dreadfully moving and we felt very, very sad looking at the photos and reading the stories. How could such a dreadful thing happen?
This picture needs no explanation at all. I took it in the museum.
Just as we left the museum, the fire engine came out, much to the delight of the onlookers.
We walked around the streets and came across Trinity Church. Some of the headstones are from the 1700s. We went into the church for a look around. It's lovely.
Then on to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Unfortunately, since 9/11, it is barricaded off and members of the general public can't go inside.
A typical New York sight.
Photos of the fabulous buildings.
Called into an Irish pub for lunch. I had a very nice salad and Phil had, yes you guessed it, bangers and mash. The noise level in there was incredible but it was good to sit down after being on our feet all morning.
Called into the Holiday Inn on our way home and made contact with our tour guide to Washington tomorrow. We then get another one for the rest of the trip. Our hotel in Washington is an Omni hotel and looks pretty nice, so maybe this trip won't be the disaster we are thinking it might be!
We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and back to the other side. Pedestrians are supposed to keep to one side and cyclists to the other. It is really quite dangerous as people are a bit preoccupied with the view and wander onto the cycle path, and some of the cyclists are going a bit too fast for the conditions. We saw an accident and the pedestrian was lying on the ground and the cyclist had grazed legs.
A lovely group of girls on the Brooklyn Bridge.
On the struts holding up the lights over the roadway, people have put locks. They put the lock on the strut, declare their love for each other for ever, and throw the key into the river. Very romantic!
We went back to La Nonnas for dinner and this time took the camera. The waiters remembered us and we were welcomed with open arms. The atmosphere in that street, Mulberry Street, is fantastic. And the sangria tasted just as good, second night in a row!
On the way back to the hotel, we passed this parking station, which is quite a unique way of utilizing space in a space poor city like New York.
Okay, well that's it for this blog. We have had an amazing time and seen some fabulous sights with a fantastic tour guide and a lovely group of people. Tomorrow we start our new trip and you can follow our adventures on my new blog called New York to Miami - Heading South.