Although I’m technically on annual leave, I promised I would show you a few pictures of the first three days of my holiday spent in New York. It definitely isn’t as cold as it has been, they had -12C a couple of weeks ago, but it has been hovering on or just below freezing since we arrived on Tuesday.
I’m not going to lie, despite wrapping up very warm, my face has felt like an ice block at times and I have been very grateful for my Elemis and L’Occitane beauty products to protect my skin in such severe conditions. My Centigrade coat has been a blessing too.
On Tuesday evening we met up with Renee (Attitudes by Renee) for a belated celebration of her birthday, and an early celebration of our anniversary.
Tuesday had been merely bitterly cold when we went for an exploratory walk near our hotel, and I took the picture of Times Square (at the top) – which is not really a square at all. Then on Wednesday, when we had booked to get the ferry across to the Statue of Liberty island, it was snowing even before we went in to Balthazar for breakfast.
By the time we came out again it was settling, although it ended up only being an inch or so. I was very pleased I had taken my Winter Trax as I always feel a little unstable on my feet in icy conditions, which I put down to my polio affected leg.
It was absolutely freezing on the ferry over to Liberty Island, but I couldn’t resist the temptation of being out on deck for a photo as the lady herself appeared out of the driving snow.
I found the trip fascinating, learning how the statue was made in France and then shipped over in pieces to be re-assembled on the plinth. We climbed to the top of the plinth – approx 250 steps – rather than waiting for the elevator… listen to me, I’ve only been here three days and I’m already calling a lift an elevator.
After lunch at a restaurant recommended by Jackie Kabler (a New York regular) we visited Ground Zero. It is very sobering that I can still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the awful news broke over 16 years ago. The two pools, which mark where the twin towers themselves had stood, seemed to be the perfect mark of respect.
After a very busy day of sightseeing, we went to see the Broadway show, A Bronx Tale, and even had front row seats – what a treat.
The show is very good with some excellent singing and acting, but if I’m totally honest I didn’t think any of the songs were as memorable as my beloved West Side Story.
Today, we had breakfast overlooking snowy Central Park, then went for a walk around it, and then toured the American Museum of Natural History, followed by yet more walking; this time The Highline. It has been one of my favourite things as it is a walkway along the old freight train lines by the west side of Manhattan Island, which have now been turned into a public park.
The views are fabulous andm although there was nothing in bloom as we are in the depths of winter, it was clear to see it would be a joy from spring onwards – definitely a must do in New York, in my opinion.
So, now you are up to date with my trip so far and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the photos – maybe it will even tempt you to visit.