When I booked my Southern States trip I added an extra few days on to the tour to spend a few days looking around New York before flying home. I have not always enjoyed the time I spent in New York but I did enjoy my trip there this time. I saw a lot more of New York & it has made me want to visit again in the future.
I enjoyed walking round parts of Central Park including the Strawberry Fields area that John Lennon used to live oposite in a large apartment. What I really enjoyed was the free kyaking that I did on one of the large ponds in Central Park. As I was walking around I saw people going out on the lake & on investigation I realized that this weekend only they were lending out canoes & kayaks for free. My Uncle Dave didnt want to go but waited for me whilst I enjoyed a half hour kayaking around one of the ponds in Central Park.
I went to have a look round Ellis Island where the immigrants were processed when they arrived in America. At the time I didnt realise that so many of my ancestors had been through New York on there way to a new life in America. The conditions they travelled in to get there & the way they were treated when they got there was horrible. I intend to go back one day when I have discovered more about my ancestors migration to America, to see if I can see anything related to any of them.
Statue of Liberty.
Knowing that we would not be able to climb up the Statue of Liberty we just viewed it from the boat as we passsed on our way to Ellis Island. Again I would like to visit it again but only when they allow visitors to climb up it again.
After our trip around Ellis Island & past the Statue of Liberty we stopped off in battery park for a few beers in a quiet garden. It was very nice & gave us some time to just relax before going back to the hotel & then out for a meal.
I think maybe because of all the hype surrounding the 911 monument I had built it up in my mind to be something spectacular & I was very dissapointed with it. I'm not really sure what I was expecting but this wasnt it.
Photos from my visit to New York.