New York, New York

We have been without reliable Internet since leaving New York so I have not been able to update you until now about what a wonderful time we’ve been having. I will try now to bring you up to speed…

Our time in New York went by in a bit of a big city blur. We only had about a day and a half there but we crammed a lot in. We stayed at the wonderfully quirky Jane Hotel which housed some of survivors of the sinking of the Titanic.

Moon Over New Jersey
The view from our room at the Jane: Moon Over New Jersey

When we first arrived we took a short stroll in the sweltering heat to check out the High Line. It is a great urban space and an inspirational example of what communities can do to green their environment. To cool down we had ice lollies made with pineapple and mint which were very refreshing.

A View From the High Line
A View From the High Line

After cooling down for a bit and having a drink in the hotel rooftop bar, we took another wander into the nearby streets of Greenwich Village, which was, I have to say, rather suffering the blight of gentrification and hipster trendiness. New York was in a rush and we felt somewhat swept along.

Overwhelmed yet enthralled, we are country people and were well and truly out of our element. We scarcely knew where to begin our one and only full day in the city. We decided that since it would be difficult to see anything in depth, we would aim for a bit of an overview. To that end we decided on a hop on, hop off tour round Manhattan, with a stop off to visit the truly moving memorials at Ground Zero and another to ride the Staten Island ferry.

On the Hop-on Hop-off Bus.
On the Hop-on Hop-off Bus.

We had amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
Manhattan Skyline from the Staten Island Ferry
Manhattan Skyline from the Staten Island Ferry

After that we headed for the East Village where we found a much more real feel and at least a smidgen of authenticity. We were baking in the city heat and even after dark, sitting outside a bar, we were still too hot!

Then it was time to pick up the hire car and head north. We left New York behind and set out to start collecting states…

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