Thursday, August 25, 2011
New York City - Day 2
Our second day in New York City was just as busy and as exciting as our first. After staying up chatting and laughing until 3 in the morning, Sunday morning had us feeling a little bit tired but still just thrilled to be spending more time in NYC. Our first stop was Battery Park located on the very tip of Manhatten. There we grabbed some breakfast (for me a freshly baked NYC pretzel...yum heaven!!) and we waited to board to the Staten Island Ferry.
We rode the free ferry from Manhatten to Staten Island and back again so that we could cruise past the crown jewel of the city...The Statue of Liberty! Seriously, she is pretty spectacular to see in person and you really do start to appreciate how crazy huge she is!! The fun of the ferry was waiting in line with hundreds of other tourists and then as soon as the gates open make a mad dash onto the boat to find the perfect spot on deck for photos.
Another ferry highlight was one of the ferrymen. I mean for real, they just don't grow 'em like this back in Canada! We still believe that he was probably hired so that crazy Canucks like us on a Girlie Weekend in the Big City would go ga-ga over riding the free ferry and having some eye candy (like the Statue of Liberty isn't enough of a reason to take the boat in the first place) to make the voyage that much better. A huge thank you has to be extended to Jocelyn because she was brassy enough to ask him for a picture (you rock girl!!) I mean all 3 of us are happily married or engaged but on a weekend away we're totally allowed to look! (and take pics! hee hee)
When we arrived back on dry land our next stop was The Bowling Green just above Battery Park so that we could rub some Bull Testicles! The Charging Bull bronze statue now a tourist landmark as a place to ask for Good Luck by rubbing both the Bull's nose and jewels. This huge statue is located on a teeny tiny street corner and you can't see if for the swarms of people all vying for a spot next to the animal's scrotum! So of course we had to join in!! No trip to New York would be complete without it!
Another New York City essential experience is to tackle the NYC Subway System and live to tell about it. Armed with our effing Metro Pass cards that we had loaded up with $20 EACH yesterday (only to find out we couldn't use them on the NJ transit system) we decided that Sunday we would try and use up our credits as much as we could and we took the Subway EVERYWHERE! By the end of the day we had the Yellow Line completely memorized and if it wasn't for me lugging my camera and the map, we proably could have passed off as normal New Yorkers with the ease and comfort we began to use the trains. With the temperature outside reaching the high 30's we were just happy that we didn't have to walk everywhere.
We reached the Rockefellar Centre and in order to skip the high prices and line ups at the Empire State Building, we opted for The Top of The Rock instead. The elevator zipped us up to the 67th floor in under 50 seconds flat. Out on the observation deck we had a really fantastic view of the city only a block away from the Empire, had a great spot to snap some really brilliant photos.
One of our last stops of the day was to get off the subway at 23rd St and 5th Ave to visit the Flatiron Building. Built in 1902 it was at the time one of the tallest buildings in the city. Now, newer skyscrapers tower over the building, but it still remains a well known icon. Just like all the other places we visited over the weekend, the Flatiron Building, really is spectacular to see in person. It feels like you're staring at an optical illusion as you stare up at the seemingly "flat" facade. There's not much else to do in the area other than snap some photos, but I'm so glad we decided to hop off the subway for a few minutes to see another city treasure.
All in all it was the best weekend I've had in a very long time. We all love our families back at home, but it was a rare treat to shake off our responsibilities and enjoy some Girlie Time away for a few days. While we waited for our bus to pick us up and take us back to the hotel for our last night, we had to stop by Times Square one more time to enjoy the lights and see another, newer, NYC tourist attraction.....
Monday morning we boarded our bus for the drive back home, all the while enjoying looking back at our NYC Weekend. I had so much with 2 of the best girls I could have gone travelling with! Rachel, Jocelyn thank you so much for making our New York City Trip the bestest EVER! I love you girls and can't wait to see where we'll go on our next trip ;)