My sister Christine (C) and I are just back for a week in the US, Sat - Tues in NYC, Tues - Sat in Vegas. What a trip! Amazing. This is what we got up to in Ny. Hope you find it interesting ive never posted a trip report before.
This was our 2nd trip to New York together, once last Feb. C has been once before that.
Sat 30th May -
Flew from Glasgow to Philadelphia with US airways, a quick stop for a couple of hours then onto NYC! The plane to NY was tiny and very scary! It was only a 44 seater and was very bumpy! At one point the plane must have fell quite a few feet and everyone screamed but then we were all laughing! Nothing could dampen our spirits!
On arrival to LGA we were relieved to get off the plane. I had booked a luxury sedan from dial 7 as a surprise. Wanted to travel in style! Car arrived really quickly so within 5 mins of picking up our luggage we were on our way! Journey to the Chelsea Lodge on west 20th st was $36, plus tip.
Chelsea Lodge was in a great location, just off 8th and west 20th. A small hotel with friendly staff. We had to share a toilet but this was not a problem, we never once had to wait or even seen anyone else use it. Very clean. Room was pretty small but we only slept here so wasnt a problem. Got it for $150 per night so were pleased we had got such a good location for the money.
Went straight out to get some food and a drink. Had done some research into nearby bars/diners etc and heard the Dish on 8th Ave was good so went there. Had pasta and a cosmo and it hit the spot. C had a coke and a couple of side dishes think the bill was about $30. So we walked down 8th ave to check out the neighbourhood (I love saying that its so american!) It was so lovely. Walked right down into Sohoand enjoyed just looking around at the buildings, the people sitting out in the street outside the bars enjoying a drink, people walking their dogs and generally just the New York vibe.
Walked onto 6th Ave and noticed the streets had no traffic, lote of police were around and people were lining the streets. Whats going on we wondered, after listening to a few people we realised it was the president who was in town, he had been in the West Village and was making his way uptown! Couldnt believe what we had stumbled upon! After a few minutes the cars and the police motorbikes came past and the crowd were all cheering, it was indeed Barack and Michelle! What a brilliant start to our trip. We were taking pics and the camera said no memory left, i checked inside and couldnt believe it, had left the memory card at home. What an idiot.
So off we went to find a shop to get a memory card! After a lot of walking around the west village and soho we found one, so went to complete our quest of getting to Brooklyn to walk across the bridge.
This was the beginning of our disastrous relationship with the subway. I just cant fathom it. Thought we were prepared and had a map, got the train to Brooklyn, but must have got on the wrong one as instead of stopping at the start of the bridge, we ended up right in Brooklyn nowhere near it. So we got on another one and took it to Clark St, ( i think) and eventually found the bridge. The view was beautiful, well worth it. We stopped to take pics but they never worked very well. Must have been the movement from the road underneath as they were all very blurry and we are usually good at taking pics! Dissapointed but still the view was amazing.
So decided to walk to Wall st when we came off the bridge and get the train to 23rd st. We got on the right numbered train but alas never paid attention because we quickly realised we were going the wrong way. Got off at the next stop, and yes you guessed it we were back in Brooklyn! Back at the bridge we spent 40 minutes walking across. We were tired and jet lagged by this time, about 10.30pm so got in a cab back to the hotel and went to bed!
Day 2 to follow!