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Nov 7, 2016 - Subway. Which way?

New York City (NYC) has a spaghetti subway system with little information, little space, a lot of heat, a lot of dirt, and a LOT of people (some of them quite dirty, too!). Having said that, we still managed to make great use of it to get us everywhere we wanted to go. We have been staying in New Jersey, rather than New York. Just a 25 minute bus ride directly from our hotel’s front door right into the centre of Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Station (right next door to Time Square). Prices for hotels in NYC (and even New Jersey – but not...

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In the USA 2016

Oct 21, 2016 - Iconic New York City

After we left Boston we decided to break up the trip to New York and stop in Smithfield, Rhode Island where we stayed at one of best Elks. It was situated along a beautiful lake but the best part was how we were treated! They couldn’t have been friendlier and treated us to drinks, food and their hospitality. If you use Elks Lodges, put this one on your must see list! The drive to Liberty Harbor RV Park was a bit of a challenge, to put it mildly. It is situated in Jersey City, New Jersey and to get there you need to have good directions and...

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Oct 18, 2016 - Gotham City

Over the years I have had a well documented love affair with Paris. However, it's an open relationship and I'm free to explore other cities. New York. Gotham. Welcome to the mix. My first visit was 11 years ago. I was young and very, very poor. We waited in the rain (tail end of a hurricane) for hours for free tickets to MoMA and ate street meat. The keychain I have to this day is a Tiffany knockoff because there was no way I could afford the real one on 5th Ave. Sex and the City was very popular and I remember saving money to buy ONE...

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Oct 1, 2016 - New York, New York

After a very rainy day in New York we had a much drier Saturday. We caught up with the Skinner Shaws for a good chat, wander round Central Park, and even a few drinks! It was so good to see them on their final leg home and hear all the news. They are now heading for Auckland and on to their new jobs, schools, home. Looking forward to hearing how they all get on. Walking back to our hotel in Times Square Izzy and I made a very last minute dash into a Broadway musical- Chicago. It was a great show and a lovely atmosphere for our final night...

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Our Year Out

Sep 2, 2016 - Day 7-Last Day in NYC

Last full day in NYC. Could have used a couple more days and another $100 for cabs. Walked 5.25 miles today. Didn't loose any weight ,but man are my legs sore. We started the day off with a visit to Macy's dept. store. Nice stuff but very pricey. Rode the escalators. Some had wooden treads. Next on to the Empire State Building. Rode all the way up to the 102nd floor. Beautiful views. But somewhat unnerving. Especially after 911. Was glad to reach terra firma when all was said and done. Lunch at the very nice State restaurant on the first...

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Bucket Trip #2

Sep 1, 2016 - Day 6. More fun

Fun but wet day. Bought umbrellas to start the day. Rode taxi to the tune of 25.00 one way to the battery to catch boat to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Both places were very impressive. Next stop onto the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wow what a work of wonder. Aside from the beautiful building. The size is mind boggling. A perso could spend days there and still not see all the exhibits. Supper at Il Forno in Hells Kitchen section of town. Excellent chicken Parmesan. Dessert at Juniors Famous Cheesecake. Will end the day at the...

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Bucket Trip #2

Aug 28, 2016 - Day 52-NYC

Day 52 We left Wildwood State Park on the north side of Long Island and drove to the south side to Jones Beach. This is a beach that I went to as a kid and wanted to make a stop there on the way to NYC. Jones Beach was great and it was just right, not to hot , not to windy. The boys went into the water, Rian attempting boogie boarding on ocean waves. After leaving the beach, we dropped the car off at a friends and caught the train to Penn Station in the heart of Manhattan. We spent more time at the beach then anticipated and so once we got...

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Aug 11, 2016 - fly to the Big Apple

Last spring the news was filled with reports of catastrophically long lines of people in airports waiting to be screened by the TSA. Some waited so long, they missed their flights. We saw footage of Midway, the airport we left from today, with lines winding through hallways and ending outside the terminal. As soon as we got home we applied for the trusted traveller program that would allow us to avoid most of the screening. We applied online and waited and waited for the next step - an interview and fingerprint session. When we finally were...

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Jun 10, 2016 - New York (JFK) to Zurich, Switzerland

Day 0 – Trip to the airport – June 10, 2016 We started our adventure with a trip to the airport- and we were quickly reminded why Friday afternoons are not the best time to try to fly out of JFK airport. Susie arrived to the farm from Latham and we left just before 2PM after checking all the traffic maps and recognizing that some of the roads that we had to take were red and some dark red. But Randy did an excellent job and it took us about 1 hour 15 minutes to get there (about 10 minutes more than usual) – though I am sure it took Randy...

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Jun 1, 2016 - Last Day

Today is our last morning in NY. It is a beautiful day and with a nice breeze. We got up early to check out Good Morning America since it is just around the corner from where we are staying. You could either stand by the window of the studio or out in a marked-off area in front. We picked that and it was pretty boring for the first hour. Everything happened inside. Then all of a sudden cameras and lots of crew showed up, the lights went on and then the hosts made their way out. They all stood just in front of us. Jason and I were at the end...

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May 31, 2016 - Nintendo Store

Had a little trouble getting going but finally made it out. Jason was hungry even though he had breakfast and talked me into McDonalds. We then caught the downtown tour on the HOHO bus. It was the worst. With all the construction on almost every street, the traffic was stop and go the entire time. The brakes squeaked something terrible and we could barely understand the tour guide. We got off finally at Central Park and found the closest Starbucks for a cool drink. It was another hot day. Then we walked from 58th to 82nd to the Metropolitan...

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May 28, 2016 - Off to Norway

May 28 - Off to Norway Mike picked us up at 3:45am Saturday morning for our very early flight (6:25am) out of LAX. We are scheduled to fly LAX to JFK then on Icelandair to Rejkavik to Glasgow and a 90 minute bus ride to Edinburgh, Scotland to begin our Norwegian fjord journey. After attempting to have our luggage checked all the way through to Glasgow - Jet Blue could only get it checked to Rejkavik - we chose to claim it at JFK and recheck it as we had a short layover in Rejkavik and did not want to go through customs, etc! Arrived at JFK...

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