New York, NY, USA Day 24 of 43

Today, we started late.  Due to our 8 kms we walked yesterday – there were feet that were tired and needed rest.  So after breakfast we went back to bed until about 10:30.  We then went for a walk looking for a hairdresser.  We found one and her name was Betty and she has been cutting hair for 32 years.  She loves her job, you can see it in the sway of her hips and her genuine smile. She is Russian and has lived in Brooklyn and Colorado.  She loves New York.  She was sure of her ability and she talked to me about how she was cutting.  Fabulous woman. The cut makes me feel like I look good and it is a fantastic cut.

The weather in New York is humid and it has been cool with good cloud cover to avoid burning.  I have coloured a little but not so anyone else would notice.

Enough about me. We took off in the afternoon to Times Square by foot. Once there we went into the Bubba Gump’s store.  image

Bubba Gump's
Bubba Gump’s

Bought a T-shirt and then went upstairs for dinner.

Our first time in Times Square!
Our first time in Times Square!

We had New Orleans Shrimp and a Caesar Salad.  We had a very fun server and he is very talented exhibit A: Click on this link to see just how clever he is.  Tiandre McGee

After dinner we walked around Times Square

Times Square from Bubba Gumps
Times Square from Bubba Gumps
Times Square
Times Square

and took pictures of Radio City Music Hall

Radio City
Radio City

then went up 44th St to the Rockerfella Plaza to head to the 67th Floor – the Top of the Rock.  The view is fantastic and I have included a few here.

The view
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New York City NY – Day 22 of 43 Part 2

The Statue of Liberty

 

 

We arrived by train the day before yesterday and walked the 4 blocks from Penn Station to our hotel on 37th St.  By the time we had arrived we knew we had too much stuff, but what can you do – if it fits in the bags it comes for the ride. The traffic for a Friday was what we expected.  Only that is not true – I had no idea what I was epecting and so I enjoyed every aspect of the scene.  Even the grime, the aged tiles in the station and the homeless pregnant girl or our corner. The noise was an assault on the ears at the same time exhilarating.  I know this place has been done to death in movies for decades but the reality is different, yet not. I am enjoying the constant noise, split between muffled sounds that filter through the thick glass in our room, past the double blinds and my ear plugs.  Actually its not noisy in our room.  We hear sirens , but 8 floors up we are off the street, well and truly – as my mother would say.

Our balcony, 8th floor West 37th The stations in the train. Gotta get the right one though. Got jumpy and lept off one train and bak on again when we checked - we did go to the front of the train after consultation with a guard. We had to catch the blue line A C E

 

 

 

 

 

We went back to Penn Station and headed to Lower Manhattan to the Financial District towards the 9/11 Memorial.  Very confronting and saddening.  I looked at the pictures of some of the people who had died and their employers were listed on screens near one of the memorial pools. We signed the wall in the street along with thousands of others. I took a photo.

We signed the wall near the Memorial

We then walked to a new shopping centre called Brookfield something and on our way we passed thousands of runners who had been involved in a Tunnel to Bridge run.  Every type of personnell were represented.  Firies Nurses, Police, Army, etc It was amazing!

New York's Finest

After this photo we went to the newWestfield where "millions have been spent on it" We saw three coloured polished marble tiles and sweepeing stairs.  There were about 15 20 metre tall living palms too.  Beautiful.

After our snacks with a view of the water – we headed to Wall St, then the Bull and then to Staten Island and back.image
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Dont know if I will eat the offerings here but one could I'm sure.

 

 

 

The little bull with the Big Bull.

 

 

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Boston, who knows what day of 43 – Up to Day 22 Part 1

The days have gone so fast and we have packed in a lot.  I LOVE Boston.  I would love to spend much more time here.  We have been on the 8th floor of Lowes Hotel for 3 nights and enjoyed the quiet and view from our corner room. The staff  is  friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and extremely efficient. We asked for a place for breakfast as it was not included in our room price. So the Concierge recommended a place for us that was not fancy but good food. Billy’s Cafe on Berkeley. The location of the hotel was fantastic, near Back Bay station and Arlington subway station. The Boston Common was not far away and a welcome oasis teaming with squirrels and geese. Cool and quiet, right in the centre of the downtown area. Beautiful. We went to the ticket place for the Hop on Hop off bus for today, yesterday and then sat in the park – or the Boston Commons and just relaxed. We were just sitting quietly enjoying the peace and suddenly from above a  horse chestnut, almost hit us.  The little beastie was covered in a green spiky covering and when it hit the ground, it split open and a horse chestnut was revealed.  A beautiful glistening object which could really hurt if it landed on you, I suspect.

A8HEKA Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
A8HEKA Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

We spent most of the day getting on and off the Hop on Hop off bus.  The city is full of beautiful architecture and thoughtful spaces.

Interesting architecture
Interesting architecture
Back alleys
Back alleys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also went to Fenway Park one of only two baseball stadiums which have remained the same for years – well there has been some change I am sure but in general it’s still as it was.  Very cool.

Its a strike!
Its a strike!

The whole atmosphere of the game was great.  All the food sellers who walked continually up and down the aisles.  The music between each hit. The singing – orchestrated by the announcer – now lets all stand up and stretch and sing – “Lets all  go to the ball game”

 

 

Manchester to Salem, Massachusetts Day 20 of 43

Yes, why not hire a gun and go away and practise. OK?
Yes, why not hire a gun and go away and practise. OK?

We saw these on the side of a building which was a firing range, in Manchester, New Hampshire. Makes you realise how different the mentality of some is, from ours.

 

No you need a machine gun not just a hand gun.                                                Get something worth firing eh?

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We travelled on reasonably good highways all the way to Salem. A wonderful place with gorgeous houses, and 17th Century buildings maintained for tourists beautifully.

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Burlington, New York to Manchester, New Hampshire Day 18 of 43

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New hampshire is a pretty state and the trees are only just beginning to colour.  We came for the fall colours but still the green is wonderful too.

The leaves are beginning to colour.
The leaves are beginning to colour.

We ventured off the highway and had lunch in a little town called Bethel, which was established in 1779. Very small and classic old place with buildings of the time and sadly they are not as well preserved as they could be. It would be great if we all had                                                                                                                             enough money to restore  these lovely buildings.

Bethel main street.
Bethel main street.

We walked along the main street for a little while in the brilliant sunshine and came upon a cafe.  The menu was quite extensive and the day we were there a town councillor and the local librarian were running the cafe while the regular owner had       some days off.

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We saw through the window a number of interesting nick nacks

 

 

 

The helmet here has a profile of a moose attached to the top –   interesting !!

The shop also housed a large collection of Vermont Wines.  We bought a couple – one white, one red and sadly we had to open them today to ascertain their quality.  Again, sadly we found that they were fantastic and now it is too far to return to get some more.

The buildings are the originals from the 1700s and are lovely to look at.

 

 

 

The dam was just next to the building                                                                         we ate lunch in and the women serving                                                                       us moved two tables together to look                                                                         out the window at the water.

The dam used for hydro electricity
The dam used for hydro electricity
Railway bridge
Railway bridge beside our lunch venue.

We drove on very efficient highways to get to Manchester and passed signs for deer again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The highways were very effficient and wide and fast.

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And then we saw signs for Salem and Boston.  Woo Hoo.

Saw these signs for Salem and Boston.
Saw these signs for Salem and Boston.

Lake Placid to Burlington, New York Day 16 of 43

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The drive today was long but a very pretty drive.  It was about 5 hours in all, but Burlington turned out to be worth it.  We spent time in the lovely and creative Castle Street Mall.  Photos are of restaurants and shops of great variety and interest.  There is a mural of 400 years of history on a wall in a laneway.We caught a ferry across from Essex to Charlotte.  It was a lovely warm gentle journey of about 30 mins.  Had time for a few pics and read my book in the warm sun.  Just lovely.  We are doing a lot and so half an hour of down time was lovely.

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So a really lovely spot – now! But winter I hear is another matter and not much fun for businesses or people. But a very creative and interesting city.  Very cool place.

Niagara Falls – Lake Placid Day 15 of 43

Niagara Falls to Lake Placid
Niagara Falls to Lake Placid

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We stayed over night at Hampton Inn on Mirror Lake in the Lake Placid areas. It took about 6 hours to drive to Lake Placid.  Very cool largish town.  Lots of character and evidence of the two Winter Olympics which have been held here. We wandered around the streets looking for nick nacks and enjoyed the coolness of the mountain air.  We had been quite hot at times at Niagara, but we have travelled north and the air is cooler. Nice though.

The pub next door with the Adirondak Chairs - deck chirs which were created here and are now known world whide.
The pub next door with the Adirondak Chairs – deck chairs which were created here and are now known world wide.

The Adirondak Mountains incorporate 46 mountains and lakes and trees and farms and beautiful landscapes generally.Beautiful part of the world.

Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake Placid High School
Lake Placid High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada Day 13 Part 1 of 43

Niagara by the lake – beautiful and full of shops and restaurants, ripe for the tourist picking. Here are some snaps of this beautiful town.image

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The magnificent Niagara Falls. Just unbelieveable.
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This squirrel was near our walk to the falls, he was collecting nuts and buried one near the edge of the path. B says that’s why there are so many trees around cos the squirrels dont know where they buried them.
The pink people - we saw blue people on Maid of the Mist, Pink people on the Hornbower and the Yellow people were in the tunnels.
The pink people – we saw blue people on Maid of the Mist, Pink people on the Hornbower and the Yellow people were in the tunnels.
The yellow people.
The yellow people.

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What we came to see.
What we came to see.

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Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada Day 13 of 43 Part 2

imageWe left Boscaygeon and headed south.  We passed miles of barns and farms and corn and vineyards. We also went to a little community called Kleinburg.  B used to live here.

Kleinburg Village - Cute little town
Kleinburg Village – Cute little town

Kleinburg was a lovely little village and the streets were covered with flowery displays.  This pram was beautiful full of petunias at a children’s clothes shop.
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The trees are starting to colour, cant wait to see them in full flush. Some of them are already coloured but not enough for my liking.

 

 

The barns in the fields along the way are so wonderful to see.

They are just “like in the movies”.

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We drove through miles and miles of places, farms and barns and fields of corn.  A lot of corn.

 

We stopped and had our photos taken next to a genuine school bus. lol so much fun.

 

There were so many wonderful wooden barns, most were photographed at 100kms an hour through a window so not always my best work.

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In my next entry I will show you south near Niagara on the Lake. Another very pretty well kept place. Caters to the tourist, but does it well.