Monday, 19 July 2010

Honeymoon: New York

We're on the train to Boston as I write this. Turns out the train has Wi-Fi so I may as well fill the three hour journey from New York with something creative.

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 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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Location:Rye,United States

Monday, 12 July 2010

Honeymoon: Exploring Washington

So we have had our first full day in Washington, DC. It really is a great city. Not too hard to get about in (the Metro system is pretty easy to use and the train 'operators' give a running commentary of the journey which livens it up a bit).

Today has involved a mammoth walk taking in all the major government sites like the Capitol, The White House, Lincoln memorial and Washington monument. They are all stunning buildings but the Lincoln memorial was particularly stunning - a huge 20ft sculpture of Lincoln sitting on a chair with his famous Gettysburg address inscribed on the wall - such a peaceful place despite the crowds of people.

We are off to the Smithsonian at some point before we go and to do some shopping in Georgetown - so should get to see the universities and the Air and Space museum which is one of the main reasons I wanted to come here (obviously-for anyone who knows me).

Overall impressions of DC so far are that it is an incredibly clean, safe, quiet city with enough to keep us busy but plenty of nice places to just sit and relax. The hardest thing to adjust to is the heat and humidity - it is around 35 degrees today with about 65% humidity (which feels like a lot!) but thankfully everywhere is air-conditioned so we can cool off pretty regularly.

We are certainly looking forward to exploring a bit more tomorrow before we head to New York on Thursday.

I'll try and update my blog later in the trip (usually when Ellen is asleep...)

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Location:H St NW,Washington,United States