5th Jun 2011 - New York
New York Day Two
We were all up by about 1030 - Michael got us coffee and I cooked cinnamon buns - I like saying that. They come in a tin and i couldnt get the concept of how to open it which is not by getting the tin opener and trying to open the top and having all the dough squeexe out in slow motion - rather you peel off the outside cardboard - Marion and Lynda stop laughing cos I can hear you from here. anyway eventually they were in the oven somewhat mangled but they tasted pretty good apart from the slightly crispy bottoms as i forgot it wasnt a thermowave oven - oops.
Decided to go to the Empire State Building - we didnt know at that stage where we were actually situated for things like that so beacuse of Jo took a taxi - about a 5 minute ride but we soon realised that we would need to take a lot of taxis because she could barely walk a few blocks and she was very very slow - made Mum and Marion look really good (hahaha). Found someone who sold us tickets - they are everywhere. Slowly made our way thru various presentation things at the bottom and sat in a History of New York thing where your chair moves up and down etc - normally these things are pretty good but this was a bit tame and the history was a bit boring. Then up 82 floors in a lift - we had a speedy pass which helped avoiding the queues. We werent right at the top but high enough. No seats for Jo so we sat her on the steps but she cgot moved on by security even though it was evident by her cane but they had no wheelchairs available. I took hundreds of photos and deleted a lot as you can tell. It gave a good overall view of Manhattan and New York as a whole and good to do this first - about $54US.
About 1430 so went and had lunch at a well known chain - had a cocktails and a good lunch. They brought us out free cocktails called 'red headed sluts' - Kellie and Jo didnt like it so I had theirs - kinda felt obliged as half of it was named after me.
Then decisions as to what to do next - others were keen on a bit of shopping. Left Jo on the sidewalk to get a taxi back to the hotel as she was tired. Ended up at Macy's - the largest department store in the world and it was huge - an entire block and about 7 floors.. Just the handbag section covered half a block. It was overwhelming really and I lasted 45 mins. Met Kellie who also found it overwhelming and she likes shopping - Michael took a bit longer. Headed back to the hotel as didnt need dinner cos of the late lunch and stayed put in the hotel.
Forgot to add - New York is having a mini heatwave and it is hot hot hot.
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