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Sep 8, 2015 - New York, New York

Yesterday was our second day to visit to New York City. The bus arrived at the campground at 1000 and we headed for the Holland Tunnel. After arriving in New York City our guide gave us a good run down of the various sites we were passing. She discussed the history of New York from the time the Dutch first settled here in the 1600’s and named the place New Amsterdam. She gave a good discussion of the various ethnic groups that settled in the various areas and how, as time passed, the ethnicity of those areas has changed. Today these same...

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2015 New York Trip

Sep 7, 2015 - New York, New York

Yesterday was our first visit to New York, New York. We had a meeting at the campground at 1430 and then a catered early dinner. Our guide showed up around 1630 and the bus showed up at the campground about 1700. Everyone piled onto the bus and we headed to the Lincoln Tunnel. We stopped at the Hamilton Heights Park in Hoboken, New Jersey where we got a great view of the New York City Skyline. This park is directly in front of the portion of the Hudson River where the Miracle-On-The Hudson occurred. Traffic in Jersey City and Hoboken was...

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2015 New York Trip

Aug 31, 2015 - Day 5. NYC or bust

Left Warren,Pa at 6am. Arrived in Newark NJ around 230pm. Hopped the train to NYC. Arrived here around 330pm. Trip was good. Motel is about 3 blocks from Times Square. Had supper at Red Lobster then too a 2 hour tour of the city on a double decker bus. Awesome tour. Starbucks for dessert then to bed. Ellis Island and Lady Liberty tomorrow. Oh btw. On the 31st floor of hotel. Hope they have a long ladder in case they need to get us out.

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Bucket Trip #2

Jul 30, 2015 - Heading home

July 30th: Carol, Rodger, and I met at the campground about 8:00am to start our journey home. Tom decided to stay one more night before heading for Michigan. At London, Ontario Carol split off from us to continue to Michigan to stay with her daughter for a while. Hopefully they'll get busy on her coach soon. Crossing the border was one of our worst. First we went through the wrong lane, got shouted at, rigs searched, veggies and eggs confiscated, and given a lesson on what we were supposed to do next time. As I mentioned that I was just...

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Jul 28, 2015 - Niagara Falls

July 27th: Not a great day. We, Rodger, Tom, Carol and I left Seneca Falls about 8:00am heading for Niagara Falls. At about 10:00am In Avon, NY about 80 miles from our destination, an old gentleman turned right out of a gas station/diner and plowed right into Carol's motorhome. The door was jammed shut, and the whole front fiberglass cap was torn off. Luckily she was not hurt, just extremely shaken up. The man's truck was demolished, he said he just didn't see her, and that she had hit him. I was right behind her and saw it all. The coach...

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Jul 25, 2015 - ........still New York City

July 24th: Looked forward to our bus trip from the campground into Manhattan. Having taken it several times before and had a great time, we were pretty disappointed with the day as a whole. Traffic was absolutely horrendous making the going very, very slow, and making our time at planned stops, very short. First stop was Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty. Nice ferry ride across the Hudson River, managed to walk around the base of it before being herded back to the return ferry. By now it was lunch time and we were taken to Grand...

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Jul 22, 2015 - New York City, here we come

July 21st: Another travel day. This time only 161 miles, and, we cannot check in to the campground until 2:00pm. So, with a late start and road construction that was not a problem. Already getting hot and sticky. Can't make us happy, either too cold and windy or too hot. Had our happy hour meeting to discuss our city plans. Taking the bus tour from the park on Friday, visiting all the high spots with someone else doing the driving. Wednesday and Thursday we'll ride the train in and visit what the tour does not cover. In the evening we took...

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Jul 13, 2015 - Berlin

Hello from Berlin! We arrived a little before 7:00AM local time in Berlin. We exited our plane directly onto the tarmac and then were shuttled to the immigration and luggage retrieval areas. Long lines led up to a quick passport check and we were in. After locating our luggage we headed on a 5 minute walk from terminal C to terminal A to locate the Globus representative and our transfer to the hotel. We got into the general area about an hour and a half early so we hopped online to get some coffee and get our bearings. I LOVE EUROPEAN...

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Jul 12, 2015 - At The Gate

Bob and I are getting ready to head out for our next eagerly anticipated adventure. Our trip takes us to Eastern Europe this time! We are currently at the gate waiting for our Air Berlin plane to arrive and whisk us off to Germany, where we will start and end our tour. We have been steadily saving since our last big trip for this one and are both very excited the day has finally arrived. We are traveling with Globus again as we both love the "sit back and relax we have everything taken care of" tour concept. It's not for everyone...you have...

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Jun 21, 2015 - Arriving in New York

Captain Christopher Wells told us yesterday that we would be sailing under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge at 4:45 AM. We were up as was most of the other passengers and, sure enough, at 4:45 there was the bridge. It was a spectacular sight. The weather prediction was rain chance 100%. It was drizzling a little as we went under the bridge, slightly foggy as we approached Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty but by the time we docked and disembarked the sun was out and it was a fantastic day. Jill emailed us that her brother, Patrick, was going...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Our final day and coming home

*Thursday 4 June Day 88 (18) - Kent - London It was quite cold first up but at least the sun was out occasionally. We packed all our stuff up but decided to have our last hurrah of English sightseeing and visit a local National Trust house and garden before saying our goodbyes to Jackie and drive up to London. We drove to Tenterden to visit Smallhythe Place, a National Trust property in the heart of the Wealden countryside. It was once the site of Medieval ship building when Tenterden was a port. I never knew that the River Rother was...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Day 10. NYC

A very productive day so far. Started the day off with a visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral. Quite impressive. Many notable people were barrier from there. Jackie Onassis. Robert Kennedy and Babe Ruth are a few names you would recognize. From there we walked to Rockerfellor center. Saw Tamaran Hall outside. Then stood if front of the window and saw Al, Tamaran and Willie as they started the 9am hour of the show. We then proceeded to the TopOf the Rock to view the city from 68 floors up. A spectacular view!!! On to pier56 and a tour around...

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