As the image would suggest I’m back to our trip to New York City this past June. I have 10 images for you today and of course more discourse as well. My Facebook friends can click on the link below to see the entire post and as always you can click on any image to get a larger image with more detail.
If you remember my last post on New York (which was Sunday July 01) then you will remember that the bus tour turned out to be less than perfect. I had heat exhaustion, was sunburned, and dehydrated. Other than that it was a fun tour.
So, our tour bus dropped us off close to Battery Park (where you can board the cruise boats.) Following my instincts we walked several more blocks until Jeanne said, “We’re going the wrong way.” After some discussion about the finer points of location and situational awareness I yielded to her sense of directions and we walked back those same several blocks plus several more until we found where we were suppose to board.
We were about an hour early, which was okay with me as it afforded the opportunity to recover from all that walking and riding.
There was a concession stand at the port and I bought a large bottle of Gator Aid, a large bottle of water, some trail mix, sun block, this dorky hat that didn’t fit, and these even dorkier pair of sunglasses (which, by the way were for a woman.)
At least the hat did keep me from getting more sunburned on my head. I drank the Gator Aid in one gulp, ate some trail mix, and drank half a bottle of water. After that I felt a little better. Jeanne and I shared the sun block as she was burnt as well and waited for our boat to arrive.
It was smaller than the two I had seen before but we made it on board okay and even got decent seats. There was a nice breeze and the hat offered some protection so I’m not going to gripe about the cruise. It actually was pretty fun.
The trip lasted about an hour. The captain positioned the ship so we could get a good view of the Manhattan skyline. This image is a three shot panorama I stitched together.
Ellis Island. There were a ton of people on the island and tours of that attraction lasted between 1 and 2 hours. I had no interest in visiting it and going through a museum full of people.
There is an antiquated maritime law that says any cruise ship from New York must enter the harbor on the New Jersey side and dock there for 10 minutes before continuing its cruise. I googled this but couldn’t find the law. We pulled into the harbor and spent our ten minutes there before continuing the cruise.
Another shot of the Statute of Liberty from a different angle. There were lines of people on the base and on the second level. You have to make reservations months in advance to be able to climb the stairs inside the Statute. Its outer skin is made of copper only the thickness of two pennies stacked together. It is all attached to a steel frame, which keeps it standing up.
This is a shot of one of the busiest ports in the US located in New Jersey. Only California and Long Beach are busier. Interesting fact is that China has the 10 busiest ports in the world.
I hadn’t really paid that much attention to this building until we were on the cruise. Its offset design is unique to the New York skyline.
I couldn’t resist another shot of the Freedom Tower.
Another sky scraper from the New York Skyline.
When we got back to the pier from our cruise we decided to take the subway back to Times Square. That’s a whole different story for a later time. More to come…
Enjoy your day and be careful.