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Aug 14, 2017 - How to Make Your Road Trip Easy and Fun for the Whole Family

No one said going on a road trip was an easy thing to do—especially when you have a family in tow and you plan on seeing a lot. As fun as road trips can be, they can also add a lot of stress and can add up over a while. Fortunately, there are some ways you can consider making your ride smoother—and much of them are easy to incorporate into the trip you already have planned. Here are some ways you can make your road trip across the US more enjoyable for everyone. Plan well in advance Planning a great road trip sometimes means taking weeks or...

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Going Going Gone

Jul 20, 2017 - Transatlantic

Being in the way back was not the worst place to be on the flight. We were close to the rest room. A decent entertainment section helped while away the six and a half hours. I usually catch up on recent films by flying overseas. Imagine my excitement to see the Lego Batman and Assassins Creed. We were fed reasonably well. Lunch, snacks, and tons of coffee (see restroom location, above) we're provided. Mo saved her only complaining for this flight. The details are not important. We strolled JFK for entertainment during our five hour...

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Back to Europe

Jul 13, 2017 - NY, The City.

There is so much to see in NYC and we are short on time so we decided on a bus tour of the city. We did a lot of drive byes and made several stops at some of the sights. There are masses of people everywhere, both locals and tourists. Our driver maneuvered through a lot of other buses, double parked delivery trucks and a sea of yellow cabs. He had the patience of a saint. We on the other hand held our breath many times. We only saw one accident, a guy in his Audi tried to go around the right side of a bus. He did not make it. The pictures...

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Jul 12, 2017 - New York City, NY

We walked about 5 blocks up into Jersey City and caught the subway under the Hudson to the 911 Memorial. It is very impressive to walk out into that station. The two reflecting pools are each almost an acre in size and are on the footprint of the towers. The waterfalls are considered the largest manmade falls in the US. The area is on 8 acres with 400 White Oak trees around. There were a lot of people, but did not seem crowded. The trees provided lots of shade. We then visited the museum. It is build underground and is actually under the...

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Jul 10, 2017 - New York

Argh........ long flights. 19 hours from Hong Kong with a two hour stopover in Nartia. Japan Arlines were good, great service and comfortable seats that are a bit wider than normal and for the long flight from Nartia to NY we had a bulkhead in front of us, so extra legroom! Our first impression of NY is, it is not as built up as HK, with not as many tall buildings in a small space. It also appears to be an 'attractive' city, not ugly like some large cities can be. Our airbnb apartment is small but perfectly adequate and in a great location...

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The Americas

Jun 1, 2017 - A bit of a stretch

Our last day in NY - J and C wanted to go out and see more sights but I wanted to stay in bed - but I couldn't as we had to check out. We packed up our bags and delivered them downstairs so the concierge could lock them away. J had looked at a couple of options for a round city bus tour but decided not to book in case of rain or other problem. A quick trip up to 50th st (one past Times Sq) and a walk around the corner and we found the Gray Line office - a short queue so ten minutes later we had tickets, and another ten and we were on the...

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May 31, 2017 - Sardines in a tin can

Today we decided we would go to the Top of the Rock (Rockerfeller Centre) which has spectacular views. We caught a train to Times Square - more rubber necking then a walk to the Stephen Sondheim theatre to pick up our tickets for the afternoon session of Beautiful ( the Carole King Musical) at 2 pm. After that we just wandered until we reached the Rockerfeller. It's a tall building, but has much more to it than height. Again we wandered about taking pictures. We made our way into the centre and joined the short queue for tickets. However...

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May 30, 2017 - Subway conundrum

Another grey day - we had a slow start as C was a bit tired and needed forty winks after breakfast. J had a snoop around the streets and when he returned decided that long trousers and a fleece would be a good idea, along with rain jackets just in case. The first bit was easy - a no 1 train downtown to Chambers St. A few blocks later we were at the 911 Memorial Park. This was an impressive monument - not rising up as many monuments are, but this time going down cascading waterfalls disappearing into the earth. There are two Square...

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May 29, 2017 - Relaxing

Went out and had a light tea - soup and bread, followed by coffee Then J decided to watch some TV - and surprise - a film he had wanted to see. Sully - the story of the pilot who ditched his Airbus into the Hudson River in the middle of winter after a bird strike took out both engines a few minutes after takeoff in NY. It was a good film. C was not sure it was the sort of film she wanted to see 3 nights before leaving NY by air!! J thought the best line was when the copilot was asked what he would do differently if it all happened again....

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May 29, 2017 - Are you picking up or dropping off?

Today was forecast to rain - and it did. We arose before the alarm again and could see raindrops falling on the nearby roof. The weather radar showed heavier rain north west and south east of the city, but we decided on some inside options for the day. Breakfast as usual and we headed out and east at about 10:30. We decided that we could do without rain jackets for a while as the rain was very light and we darted from cover to cover. We made our way to Madison Garden Park which was very green, beautiful trees, squirrels, and statues and...

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May 28, 2017 - Expletive! - we're from Australia

Today was forecast fine, so although it is likely to be another busy memorial weekend day, we decided we would go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island in the morning, and something else later. ha ha.......... Had a good breakfast with large chunks of fresh pineapple on offer today. We still haven't made ourselves waffles - mainly due to our waistlines! We headed out about 10:30 and planned to take a short subway ride to a stop close to the ferry terminals. Wrong! There were no Downtown trains at our stop. The sign said to go uptown a...

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May 27, 2017 - Folds in his Cossack

After a good long sleep, we awake about 7:30, showered, dressed, and went down for breakfast. It was very chaotic - people everywhere carrying food or searching for it! C found a table in the corner and we all had cereal, fruit and yoghurt, plus eggs and toast. Then we made coffees, and took them up on the roof and sat in the sun - J took a few more photos of course. I had my photo taken with a typical NY backdrop - fire escapes! We then went to the foyer where J booked tickets for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They printed out after some...

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