We had four nights in New York City and had a great time. The whole city has this mad feeling - it is just so busy and full of tourists that it can feel a bit overwhelming at times. Times Square gave us the best and worst of what New York is all about - brilliant sights and atmosphere but a bit dirty and full to overflowing with people!
Away from the biggest sights we did find some nice areas - lots of small parks in amongst the high rise buildings which have a surreal atmosphere with people playing fusball with the backdrop of skyscrapers, and lots of interesting cafes and bars to explore - including some that did gluten free food and beer for Ellen!
We saw all the main sights: Empire State, Rockefeller Centre, Chrysler Building and Central Park. But the area I liked the most was around the south of Manhattan: the financial district and Battery Park were great for strolling around and Battery Park in particular was a nice open space with great views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.
We also ventured over to the World Trade Center site which was a really quiet area - everyone seemed to be feeling the same sense of sadness at walking around the building site. There were lots of memorials and plaques remembering those firefighters and police officers who were killed there.
While we were down in this area we also walked over the Brooklyn Bridge which gave great views of the city skyline.
Needless to say I have taken hundreds of photographs and filled up a couple of memory cards! We visited B&h photo in New York yesterday and it was amazing: the biggest store I have ever seen devoted solely to photography...it was huge but I had to restrain myself from buying things I couldn't afford!
So now we are looking forward to a couple of nights in Boston and then we are picking up a hire car and heading to Cape Cod and then up into Maine for a few days by the sea...looking forward to it.
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