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The best thing so far about Brighton, is the vast array of vegetarian options!  This is very exciting for me.  Many places have 1/4-1/3 of the menu vegetarian and there are many places that are fully vegetarian.  So delishuz.  I have had pasties, pies, platters.  We went to a cafe called Chockywockydodah (not sure of spelling), where they make amazing cakes and chocolate items, and the cafe has 4 items on the menu (liquicd chocolate hot chocolate, cake, shake, sundae.   All great.

Chocky wocky do dah

Chocky wocky do dah

Chocky wocky do dah

Lampshades – Chocky wocky do dah

 

Chocky wocky do dah

Chocky wocky do dah

We went to see the new Captain America, which was very similar to seeing a movie in NZ, but they have either sweet or salty popcorn, or a mix of both.

The beach is all small stones, but I don’t mind that, cause I’m not that keen on sand anyway.  There is an amusement park at the end of the pier, with small rollercoasters and things like that.

We spent the end of Friday night packing our bags – can only take carry on with the cheap tickets we have with Easy Jet, but there is no weightlimit on your carry on, you simply have to be able to fit it in the overhead compartment, and be able to get it up there and down again yourself.

We arrived in France to overcast skies, but a decent temperature.  Bordeaux is definitely a winemaking area, even the airport is surrounded by vines.  We are staying in a house in the countryside, 40mins from Bordeaux.  Is it super cute.   All the buildings are sandstone brick,  again, it all seems so like it should be.  A bit surreal.  There is a vast amount of grass here, much more than we saw in Canada.

Driving

Driving

Trying to work out gps.  Alastair only looks a little scared

Trying to work out gps. Alastair only looks a little scared

The cottage we were staying in.

The cottage we were staying in.

Tiny town

Tiny town

Sunset

Sunset

We bought lots of food from the local supermarket – mostly bread, cheese, wine, and meats.  Most meals are composed of this.   In this area, most people speak French, and many of the shopkeepers have only a very small amount of English.  It is very interesting, trying to badly speak french, enough to buy things.  I know how to ask for cheese, wine, bread, and where is the toilet?  Also, chocolate, candy.

Tiny town

Tiny town

Cute

Cute

Crepes with cream

Crepes with cream

The BEST crepe I have ever had - caramelised apple with apple sorbet, amazing!

The BEST crepe I have ever had – caramelised apple with apple sorbet, amazing!

Macaroons are delishus, I bought a few, and promptly ate them all.  We spent today wandering around  Saint Emilion, which was very pretty, old bell tower, old (but still current) wine cellars, massive amounts of vineyards.  Tiny town is fully of cobbled streets stretching up and down the hills, tiny alleyways and side streets, with decidedly french people lounging on the corners, wine for sale in every second shop, and many macaroons!

VIneyards everywhere

VIneyards everywhere

 

Town sign

Town sign

Leaving the town

Leaving the town

Tiny, steep cobbled streets.  Stacey, Zoe, Henri

Tiny, steep cobbled streets. Stacey, Zoe, Henri

Spring

Spring

Saint Emilion

Saint Emilion

Tables outside, ready for people

Tables outside, ready for people

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Henri and I

Henri and I

Alastair and Henri

Alastair and Henri

Weathering

Weathering

Moustaches

Moustaches

Armour

Armour

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Fancy-as houses

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A nicely cobbled street

Is this someones house??

Is this someones house??

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The wine has been there so long…

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Sunday we visited a lot of vineyards, and did a lot of wine tasting.  Lots of reds.  Got shown around a few wineries, and enjoyed the lovely weather.  We headed back in the afternoon, to sit outside in the warm afternoon sun, and drink wine, cider, and eat things.

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Keith and Alastair taking with their cameras

Archway

Archway

Shutters

Shutters

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A tiny part of the city wall

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My favourite thing from France was eating Raclette for dinner.  Melted cheese on everything.  So. Good.  Raclette I think is originally swiss, a type of firm cheese that is mostly used for melting, you hold it towards the fire until it starts melting, then scrape the melty part off, and eat it with potatoes.  In modern times, we have tiny pans, that are set on an element, and slices of cheese are laid in them, and gently melted, until bubbling, then you slide it out onto your plate, and voila!

Raclette

Raclette

We totally ate veges too

My next favourite part was seeing all the tiny towns filled with cute little stone houses and terracotta roof slates.  Tiny towns with tiny little cobbled roads.

Also, I thoroughly enjoyed anything that required us to reference the fact that we were in France.

Macaroons!  The only picture I managed to get before I inhaled them all.  There were more in the bag, only seconds earlier.

Macaroons! The only picture I managed to get before I inhaled them all. There were more in the bag, only seconds earlier.

 

 

 

We woke at a reasonable hour, and packed EVERYTHING into our bags.  We seem to have accumulated a large amount of stuff, and my bag is quite solidly packed:  I literally can’t fit anything else in it and get it closed.

We stored our bags downstairs in the storage room, and headed off to the cafe for more waffles, as they were so yum, and we had totally missed the hostel breakfast.  We stayed there for a bit, then retired to the hipster cafe, Swallow, near the hostel.  It had about 15 people in it, and pretty much all of them had 14 inch macbooks, and were playing on them.  We felt slightly out of place, as we had proper laptops.

Delishuz breakfast waffles in Brooklyn

Delishuz breakfast waffles in Brooklyn

Happy coffee

Happy coffee

Then, we headed back to the hostel, loaded up all our bags, and trotted off to the subway.  Our transit passes unfortunately had expired the day before, and when we arrived at the subway entrance, we were a bit sad to realise there was no ticket booth.  We left me in charge of our bags in a pile, and Dale went back to the hostel to find out the nearest entrance with a ticket booth, which was luckily only  a block away.  We successfully transferred trains until we made it to the airport and checked in.  We found a seat with a power plug, and entertained ourselves until it was time to leave.  We flew with Aer Lingus, which was fine, except for the supposed lack of vegetarian options in flight.

Green plane

Green plane

tiny wine

tiny wine

classy

classy

We left at 10.30pm, t was 6 hours across to Dublin, then 2 hr stopover, then another hour and a half to Brighton.  We somehow managed to land in Brighton at 8.30am, with only having had an hour or two nap.  Very tired.
Henri met us at the train station, and took us to her flat, where we showered and lay down on the couch for a 5 hour nap.  Lovely.
The next few days were sleep, and Henri showing us the lovely food places and shops in Brighton.

It is a little surreal; we have never been here before, but it looks exactly like I think England should.  The countryside is green rolling hills, with hedge lined roads, and a slight mist.   Town is very bustling, people everywhere.  Houses are cute little country houses.  In Brighton, everyone speaks with some kind of British accent, and there are lanes and streets, and lines of houses that all look exactly the same.  I understand that we are in a different country, but it is weirdly familiar, from all the TV shows and movies we have seen.

uh oh

uh oh

Armory in Brighton

Armory in Brighton

We have sorted out sim cards, a duvet, I bought a skirt (YAY), can’t get bank accounts because we don’t have a flat or a job.  We are happy to be here, but can’t wait to get sorted with the new time zone.    We are off to France (Excite!) on Saturday, for Henrietta’s birthday.

Monday was a sunny, but very cold day.  We ate breakfast at a brunch place in Brooklyn, with various types of waffles.

Knickerbocker ave!

Knickerbocker ave!

Waffles, chicken

Waffles, chicken

Street art

Street art

Street art owl

Street art owl

We went to the Empire state building for a look, clear and could see for miles.  We did the audio tour, which was cool, made the visit a bit more informative.  It was one of the nicer days of our visit, which was a nice change to have climbing a tall building to lookout in decent weather, rather than clouds and rain.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan

It's so hard, finding other tourists who can take good photos :<

It’s so hard, finding other tourists who can take good photos :<

Streets

Streets

Central Park in the distance

Central Park in the distance

There was a pigeon, enjoying the view

There was a pigeon, enjoying the view

We then made our way to The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the afternoon.  We only had a few hours, and barely got around any of it.  That is the one place I wish I had more time at, it was very interesting.  We checked out the greek statues and art, the American wing, and some of the weapons wing, where they had full suits of armour, including horse armour.

 

Subway signs

Subway signs

We decided to wait for the next train, this one seemed quite full.

We decided to wait for the next train, this one seemed quite full.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art.   Too big to fit in one photo

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Too big to fit in one photo

Nice jugs

Nice jugs

Armour

Armour

Rawr

Rawr

Ancient kitty!

Ancient kitty!

Almost got in trouble, the guard thought I was leaning on the 2300+ year old sarcophogus.  I wasn't. Sarcophagus of Wennefer

Almost got in trouble, the guard thought I was leaning on the 2300+ year old sarcophogus. I wasn’t.
Sarcophagus of Wennefer

They erected a temple in the museum! The Temple of Dendur, 15BC

They erected a temple in the museum!
The Temple of Dendur, 15BC

Very old selfies

Very old selfies

Armour

Armour

A last walk through Central Park, then for dinner we went to Chelsea Market again.  I found a vegan sushi place, where they had the most delishuz sushi… though I’m not sure if you can call it sushi when it has no seaweed or fish.  It was very tasty, nonetheless.  I also had tiny doughnuts again, with crazy flavoured sugar.   I had cardamon, and apple flavoured sugars.

Sqirrul

Sqirrul

Soundshell in Central Park, with a few patches of snow

Soundshell in Central Park, with a few patches of snow

Main walkway

Main walkway

Very old oak trees

Very old oak trees

Some guy in frilly trousers

Some guy in frilly trousers

food stalls

food stalls

Amazing vegan sushi

Amazing vegan sushi

Our final stop was the Empire State Building again, this time in the dark.  I definitely recommed it for anyone who goes to NYC, the view is amazing, with lights everywhere.  Everywhere.  All the buildings look so cool, and you can see the glow of Times Square.  The crazy thing was we could see a line of lights in the distance, over the lower tip of Manhattan.  It was a line of planes, we could see 7 of them, all in a row fading into the distance, and all, I assume, headed for JFK.  The line kept moving, but was always there, a constant incoming of planes that were landing.  This was about 9pm at night, and we must have seen at least 10 planes go past (it could have been more, I wasn’t counting).  It was a bit ridiculous, just the sheer amount of planes that were landing.

Macy's and the Empire State Building

Macy’s and the Empire State Building

Flower display in Macy's

Flower display in Macy’s

Lights

Lights

Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan

Si many planes

So many planes

Looking east

Looking east

That massive glow is Times Square

That massive glow is Times Square

There was a helicopter flying all around our hostel for ages.  Maybe they were looking for someone.  I couldn’t face packing, so we had all decided to go to bed, when we found out my brothers finacee has given birth to a cute tiny little baby (not actually tiny), so that was pretty exciting :)

 

Inside the foyer Empire State Building

Inside the foyer
Empire State Building

Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan

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Rockefeller Building

Rockefeller Building

Looking towards Brooklyn

Looking towards Brooklyn

The Met

The Met

Cowhead jug

Cowhead jug

super old, 600bc

super old, 600bc

Ornate

Ornate

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A pouring dog

A pouring dog

Mounted knights

Mounted knights

Today we slept in, and eventually dressed, and went to Central Park.  Via a hipster coffee shop, where we ate bagels.  Then via Grand Central Station again, as I wanted another look.  It was still huge.

 

So many layers of subway

So many layers of subway

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Fancy wee drinking fountain. Grand Central Station

Fancy wee drinking fountain.
Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

We walked around all of Central Park.  I’m not kidding, we walked from one end to the other, with various trails and meanderings in between.  We popped out at about 86th ave at about 3pm where we grabbed a bagel for lunch from another good bagel shop, then we were right back into it.    That was all we did all day.  Dale mapped it,  About 12kms.  Unfortunately most of this post is pictures.  Or fortunately, if you like looking at pictures.

Church

Church

The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel

I think, a statue of  General William Tecumseh Sherman

I think, a statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman

Horse drawn carriages all ready to go

Horse drawn carriages all ready to go

Omnonom

Our first squirrel of the day.  Omnonom

Hai thar!!!

Hai thar!!!

Crazy Dale

Crazy Goat

We chased squirrels, climbed over rocks, followed pretty trails, and towards the end of the day we came across a whole bunch of people marching and chanting.  In Spanish, I think, and I believe it was some kind of church group.

Some of the statues and stuff we had to wait a while to get a clear picture – at the Alice in Wonderland statue, we had to wait for a couple of kids to get off the statue, just for a moment, so we could get a picture.  They seemed to think everyone wanted some random kids in their pictures.  I appreciate they’re kids, and want to play, but just because I’m an adult now, doesn’t mean I don’t like playing too, doesn’t mean I don’t want to climb on the statue and get a picture.  I’ve felt this in a few places, that the adults have to stand back, while the kids run around and play on stuff and have fun.. why aren’t the adults allowed to do that too?  Just because we’ve grown up, that doesn’t mean we have to sit back and be boring and bored and not climb and explore and blow bubbles and have fun.  I still like tree climbing and flying foxes and dancing around, why shouldn’t I be allowed to do that?

My favourite part was when we were walking down a random trail, and something fell out of the tree beside us.  My first thought was, omg, why is a bird falling out of a tree?!, but it turns out it was two squirrels fighting, who fell maybe 6m, landed on the ground with an audible thump, and then they both jumped up and ran off.  They looked a little stunned.  Silly squirrels!

We rode the carousel – there has been a carousel in the park since 1871, I think the current one is the 4th one in the park, and the longest lasting.  The first was powered by a horse and a mule, walking around under the carousel, out of sight.  The next two were powered by steam, and the current one has been around since 1908.  All the bits are hand carvved.

 

I'm not sure of the context...

I’m not sure of the context…

A clock

A clock

Central Park

Central Park

Riding Balto

Riding Balto

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First crocuses

First crocuses

Don't do it

Don’t do it

Mother Goose Statue

Mother Goose Statue

Sneaky

Sneaky

Ride the carousel!

Ride the carousel!

Crazy horse

Crazy horse

 

Imagine

Imagine

Everyone likes it

Everyone likes it

(Other) People chasing squirrels

(Other) People chasing squirrels

Don't fall in

Don’t fall in

So many fountains

So many fountains

Pretty bridge

Pretty bridge

Pretending to feed the squirrel

Pretending to feed the squirrel

Short tail

Short tail

Ahhh

Ahhh

Bushy tail

Bushy tail

Please sir, could you spare a nut?

Please sir, could you spare a nut?

omnomnom

omnomnom

Alice in Wonderland Statue

Alice in Wonderland Statue

Must contain the leaves

Must contain the leaves

Hai!

Hai!

Arthas (Actually Polish King Jagiello )

Arthas
(Actually Polish King Jagiello )

Obelisk

Obelisk

Central Park

Central Park

Selfie

Selfie

Obelisk, with little crabs holding it up

Obelisk, with little crabs holding it up

A pretty bridge

A pretty bridge

Waterfall

Waterfall

Ice skating

Ice skating

Very thin

Very thin

North end of Central Park

North end of Central Park

 

 

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Squirrul

Squirrul

Ducklings around the base of the goat.  Maybe the goat was crazy coz he didn't like ducklings

Ducklings around the base of the goat. Maybe the goat was crazy coz he didn’t like ducklings

Googly eyed frog

Googly eyed frog

 

We awoke early again, subwayed into town, checking out some of the local street art on the way.  It was another cool day, but I think rain was scheduled, so a good day to do inside stuff.

The Loft hostel

The Loft hostel

Roberto's

Roberto’s

Street art

Street art

Street art

Street art

Our subway station

Our subway station

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Rawr

Rawr

We headed straight up to the American Museum of Natural History.  Then we spent all day there.   It is Huge.  4 floors of massive displays.  We didn’t get around it all. The dinosaurs were great, you only comprehend how big they actually are when standing next to the skeletons.  Imagine a land where those things are wandering around.  Crazy.  Many of the intact skeletons they have there are from Alberta, in Canada, likely from near the badlands area.

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Rawr

Tall

Tall

Tall legs

Tall legs

tiny

tiny

Not afraid of the t-rex

Not afraid of the t-rex

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The only time it is appropriate to "duck face"

The only time it is appropriate to “duck face”

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A full skeleton, with a HUGE singluar arm/wing above it

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So many of the displays were done well, like little windows into other parts of the world.  The background is painted to blend in with the exhibit, they use the substrates that match – sand, dirt, bushes etc, they even make footprints and groom the ground to make it look natural.

Animal dioramas

Animal dioramas

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The forest displays were pretty neat, as were the animals,….. The ocean displays were very cool, you entered a room with dim lighting, looking down from the upper tier, to the floor below.  The roof has displays overhead, blue and ripply, like you are underwater.  Hanging from the roof, diving into the room, is a massive model of a blue whale (life size, I assume).  You wander around and check out the animals, my favourite of which was, in a dark corner, a sperm whale and a giant squid restling.  Well, all that fits in the window is the head of the whale.

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Underwater Hall

Giant tree

Giant tree

Meteor

Meteor

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The day ended with us walking back through the Rockefeller Center and getting amazing Ben and Jerry’s icecream in a chocolate coated and chocolate hail dipped waffle cone.

 

 

Icecream!

Icecream!

Hey, isn't that...

Hey, isn’t that…

 

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Mammoth!

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Tiny arms

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Horns

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The weather dawned bright and sunny, with a bit of a breeze.  Our room is still stifiling hot – the central heating is all connected and stays the same temperature.  We have had our window open constantly since we arrived, and it hasn’t cooled down.  Outside is 2-3 degrees, inside must be over 20.

We did the usual getting ready and headed out on the subway.   This time to the bottom of Manhattan, where we joined the masses going to Liberty Island.  If you ever decide to go to NYC, and want to climb to the crown of the Miss Liberty, make sure you book it well in advance.   Like  three months.  As soon as you know you’re going to NY.  Currently it is booked out until the beginning of July.
We went through the serious security checks again, and had people telling us which line to get in.  As if we can’t see.  Take jackets, scarves, hats off, all bags through xray.  Crazy.  The island itself was patrolled by various army guys, armed with various large guns.

Winter Park

Winter Park

Delishuz pretzels

Delishuz pretzels

Security have the big guns

Security have the big guns

Instead of going to the crown, we wandered around the outside of the island, with the rest of the thousands of tourists.  I was a little disappointed as we boarded the boat, but that is what you get for not planning far enough ahead.  We’re doing pretty well so far, with our turn up on the day and see if it works way.  I really did enjoy it, and all you would really get that is extra, is a view of the Manhattan skyline, for which there are many other buildings to climb anyway.   The Statue of Liberty was lovely though, plenty of views of it, and they have an audio tour, which makes your walk much more interesting.  Liberty is weathered green, and made of a thin copper sheeting, laid over a wrought iron frame.  Mounted on a large stone pedestal, the money for the pedestal was entirely raised by the American Public.

Backside view

Backside view

Manhattan skyline

Manhattan skyline

Woo skyline

Woo skyline

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Frontal view

Frontal view

Look at me, I'm a statue of liberty!

Look at me, I’m a statue of liberty!

After the tour, we stood shivering with the crowds until the boat came.  We stopped over on Ellis Island for a bit, where the immigration museum is, had a brief look around, then took the boat back to Manhattan.

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Back to our favourite subway again, and we headed uptown to Murray’s Bagels, where we ate some very delishuz bagels.  I appreciated the customer service here too – many places aren’t rude, but arent exactly smiley or helpful either.  Murray’s was smiley and helpful, and delishuz.

Eaaaaglleeeee

Eaaaaglleeeee

Close up

Close up

A turkey.  Not sure where he came from

A turkey. Not sure where he came from

Murray's Bagels!

Murray’s Bagels!

A dress

A dress

After eating all the bagels, subway-ed further uptown to a shoe shop, failed to buy shoes, and happened to go past Union Square, so we stopped for a look.  It is apparently where everyone hangs out, just to sit, read, relax.  It was bustling and cheerful, with squirrels in the trees, and some people filming something near one end, and  a vege market going on down the other.

A squirrel!

A squirrel!

Squirrel hunting

Squirrel hunting

Building

Building

They were filming something in Union Square

They were filming something in Union Square

The last stop of the day was Times Square.  We hopped off the subway at Times Square and 40th, and emerged onto the street.   We always find it hard to get bearings when we get out of the subway – who knows which way is which!  After getting our bearings, we found Broadway, and headed up it.  Into the seething mass of humanity.  It was ridiculous.  Masses of people walking everywhere.   Billboards all over everything,, advertising clothes, broadway shows, doughnuts.  Lots of people dressed up as Disney characters etc, that trick you into getting your photo taken with them, then expect a tip.   (NB: Don’t get your photo with the Batman or the Elmo hanging out at Times Square, not unless you want to pay them!).

Times Square

Times Square

Times Square

Times Square

Times Square

Times Square

Times Square - Broadway signs

Times Square – Broadway signs

Times Square

Times Square

We wandered up to the red stands, where we sat for a bit, watching the masses of people, and the constant stream of cars, that were mostly taxis.

In Canada (everywhere else but Vancouver), we liked to play the game of Truck.  You watch the vehicles going past, and say what kind they are (When I say truck here, I mean ute, still a personal vehicle but often with a tray on the back, and often quite huge).  It was usually: “Truck, truck, suv, truck, suv, truck, truck, oooh, a car! truck, truck, suv, truck truck…”  Most vehicles seemed to be large utes.   In NYC, the game turns into: “Taxi, taxi, HONK, taxi, car, taxi, taxi, service vehicle, taxi, HONK HONK, taxi, car, taxi, taxi”.  And they’re all yellow.  It is just like in the movies.

McDonalds Times Square

McDonalds Times Square

M n M shop

M n M shop

Print your own

Print your own

 

Vending machine in Brooklyn offers bike repair parts

Vending machine in Brooklyn offers bike repair parts

Lots of people trying to sell you stuff, especially tickets to comedy shows.  I’m pretty sure there would be a catch though, like its booked out for the next week, or you could only go on off nights.   We had no less than 4 different vendors try and sell us tickets.  We didn’t buy any.  Dale had to nom a burger from McD’s, then we headed home.  Dinner was back near the hostel, in Brooklyn.  Dale had scoped out some ideas he day before, so we headed to a place called Roberta’s, on Moore St.  It doesn’t look like a restaurant.  No signs, except for a the singular word “Roberta’s” hung above the door.

The door with the red sign over it: Roberta's

The door with the red sign over it: Roberta’s

It looks like any other cheapish housing building in the area, and no indication that it is anything much, except a small group of people hanging out near it.  A door stands open, and you enter through a red curtain, to be greeted with another  plain, wood door.  Through that is like another world.  Dark and vibrant, there are people seated at all the tables, a few waiting for take away meals, and the pizza making crew working busily and precisely in the corner.  We ordered a classic, the margarita.  It was excellent pizza.

 

 

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Times Square

Times Square

Times Square

Times Square

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We had planned to go to the Natural History Museum today, but somehow our plans all got changed.  We started by heading to downtown Manhattan, where we hopped off the subway near the World Trade Center Location.

Fire Truck

Fire Truck

Rebuilding

Rebuilding

We stopped to check if they had any space to check out the memorial (you need a day pass, which is free, but you have to be given a time to go in, as they are still constructing around it).  They had space, so we started with that.  We checked out the small church on the next block, St Paul’s Chapel.  Built in 1764, and I think is the oldest surviving church in Manhattan.  It survived the Trade Center attacks and subsequent building collapses (without even a broken window), and after, it acted as place of gathering and rest for volunteers and rescuers.  The fences around the church were where many people left flowers, pictures, tokens as a memorial.  After the fences were filled, church officials put up 15 panels for people to use, but in the end, they needed about 400 boards.  Not a lot of memorials on the fences these days, but there are lots of people trying to sell you memorial books.

St Paul's Chapel

St Paul’s Chapel

St Paul's Chapel

St Paul’s Chapel

St Paul's Chapel

St Paul’s Chapel

A small church, but a center of hope and support.  The memorial site was interesting.  They have the first three of the 7 buildings that are going back up, built, and they are glass paned and interesting.  The new buildings are being erected in different places to the lost buildings.  Where the original two towers used to be, there are now remembrance water features.  Each is a square, sunk into the ground, with water flowing down the walls, across the floor, then down into a well in the center.  Each well is surrounded by a wall with the names of all the victims on it.

One of the new trade centre buildings

One of the new Trade Center buildings

9/11 Memorial fountain

9/11 Memorial fountain

The whole thing made me quite sad.  So many people died.

 

 

After that, we headed across to a computer shop, where we purchased me a laptop.  It didn’t take us long on our trip to realise we each needed our own laptop, but it took this long to find one that was appropriate, not too expensive, didn’t have to be posted, and didn’t require an American or Canadian credit card to buy.  We stopped by Best Buy to get me a case, then headed far uptown to the Chelsea Market, for a gander and an eating of delishuz food.   We had sandwiches from the Num Pang Sandwich shop, and donuts covered in fancy sugar (I had gingerbread, cranberry and sage sugar) while sitting next to an interesting water fountain.

Subway!

Subway!

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Foods

Num Pang Sandwich shop

Lighted water fountain

Lighted water fountain

So many places to go!

So many places to go!

Conveniently just outside was where the High Line started, so we climbed aboard and wandered along that.  It is an old rail line, that runs along a couple of stories above the road level, that they have converted into a long park type place ,with trees, benches, flowers and grass.    It was a little bare, what with it being only just spring, but there were a few crocuses poking their heads up in a few places.  It was a good walk, nice to walk and see all the buildings, and to get the views down the New York Streets.

Highline

Highline

Highline

Highline

New York Streets The Highline

New York Streets
The Highline

New York Streets The Highline

New York Streets
The Highline

The sun even came out for a few moments Highline

The sun even came out for a few moments
Highline

Reflecty buildings

Reflecty buildings

Street Art

Street Art

New York Streets The Highline

New York Streets
The Highline

After the Highline, we decided on more shopping (I need to replace my running shoes), so we headed uptown even more.  The subway is great.  We popped up right next to Central Park, and checked out the local sports store.  None of my shoes, but a guy who was very interested in us and where we have come from, and he definitely wanted my fox hat.  I wouldn’t trade it though.  They didn’t have my shoes, but it wasn’t a lost cause, as we headed straight into Central Park.

Does that make it art?

Does that make it art?

Parking

Parking

Fanciest post office ever

Fanciest post office ever

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It is quite big.  Also, within a few minutes of walking, I was surrounded by so many squirrels, I didn’t quite know what to do.  At one point I counted 6 that I could view all at once. They weren’t particularly scared of people; I think they know people often have food, and a couple came right up close to me, if I threw them discarded bits of acorn.  SO VERY CUTE.

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

 

That entertained me for a while, but eventually we walked through a little bit, encountering a few patches of snow, lots of squirrels, lots of nut carts, and a guy making massive bubbles.  There are lots of statues, and we saw a few small lakes.  I definitely intend to go back there, this time with my camera battery charged (I forgot to charge it last night, it died halfway through today.  Bad Becca).

 

Manhattan from Central Park

Manhattan from Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

 

A subway ride all the way back to Brooklyn, where I summoned up enough energy to sort my new lappy out, and write a few blog posts.

 

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Mini doughnuts - with specialty sugars

Mini doughnuts – with specialty sugars

Don't do it

Don’t do it

 

New York Streets The Highline

New York Streets
The Highline

Highline

Highline

Holly!   Actual, real, holly, not just the pictures on christmas cards!

Holly! Actual, real, holly, not just the pictures on christmas cards!

Doorways

Doorways

New York Streets The Highline

New York Streets
The Highline