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Jun 25, 2019 - Back in the Big Apple

This morning, I bade the Alexander Inn and Philadelphia farewell. Both have been very nice to visit and stay for a few days. At 9am, the humidity was already extremely high so I was pretty glad not to have another day of walking the streets. After breakfast, I gathered my things, checked out and walked the 5 blocks to Jefferson St station. Having an Amtrak train ticket, I was allowed to ride a suburban train for free - taking me just a few stops to 30th Street (the equivalent to Southern Cross or Central stations). I arrived an hour early...

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Jun 20, 2019 - Walking again

Our final day in New York together - Cheryl heads home tomorrow and I go to Philadelphia for a few days... before returning to NY for 3 nights on my own. I was meant to be joined by an American lady, Lynn but she is unwell and won’t be joining me - too late and expensive now to change my flight home. Today: Once again, the sky was grey and it was incredibly humid. Luckily the rain held off until we were about 4 blocks from home.... then the sky let loose! 𯌧☔️ We arrived back at the hotel quite soggy. We started off the day walking the...

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Jun 19, 2019 - My poor aching feet

My poor aching feet! They have walked for miles and miles and miles today - carrying me along with them! While very overcast, we mostly avoided the rain today - only catching a few light showers. So much better than yesterday and so fortunate considering that one of today’s main activities was a two and a half hour walking tour. Not one drop fell during this time. Yay! The walking tour was led by a history teacher and buff, Kevin, and started near NY City Hall. As we walked along the pedestrian walkway across Brooklyn Bridge, we stopped a...

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Jun 18, 2019 - September 10 - 20 1982

It seems to me that our "trip to Europe" really began on Friday, 10 September, when we put our Volkswagen bus on the dock. We actually drove down there to the dock on Thursday to be sure we could find it OK. It was at Elizabeth, New Jersey, just across from Manhattan. Our ship hadn't come in yet (it was due on Friday) but there was another ship in, we were told was exactly like it (same company). We were not allowed to walk out to where we would be able to see the ship but the guard had a dock man drive us out in a company car and he...

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Jun 18, 2019 - Rain, sun and everything in between

A real mixed bag weather wise today - light showers, pouring rain and steamy sunshine. One could be excused for thinking we were in Melbourne except that the temperature was, at least, 24 degrees. The weather, however, didn’t stop us from going out but did hamper our plans a little.... I’ll explain. With umbrellas up and some light rain falling, Cheryl and I walked the short distance to the train stop. Once there, I realised I had left my phone back in the room so had to dash back to collect it. I needed it because it has my New York Pass...

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Jun 17, 2019 - 9/11 & Lady Liberty

How silly of me to think that things would slow down now that the tour is finished 𯘂. I think I had more spare time on tour! At least I could draft this blog on the bus! Sorry that these entries have been so brief but my days have been extra busy and ai’m tired. It’s now after 10pm and there’s another busy day ahead tomorrow! Today, Cheryl and I started out just after 7.30am... spent hours at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum (extremely moving and so much to see). We then had a quiet cup of tea before lightening the mood and walking to Battery...

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Jun 16, 2019 - Indulgence day

This morning, I said goodbye to my travel buddies - some of us have been together for 5 weeks. Cheryl and I then had an indulgent few hours. For years, I have wanted to visit Katz’s Deli (where Sally met Harry) and savour a pastrami on rye. Today I did it!! It was so deliciously yummy. Katz’s was incredibly busy. We had to line up, on the footpath, for 15 minutes to just get in the door! Inside, was organised chaos. C found a seat while I lined up and got our food and drinks. It has a great ordering and service system. You get a ticket...

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Jun 15, 2019 - Pizza pie

Sorry - another short entry. The days keep getting busier and I’m getting more tired .... Another full on day in New York with a fantastic tour, ‘A Slice of Brooklyn’ (not part of our big tour but an extra something we booked on recommendation from our travel agent). We toured all over Brooklyn... looking at places where movies were filmed, various people lived, sampled 2 different but very yummy styles of pizza, viewed Manhattan from a different prospective and spent time at the crazy Coney Island. We then caught up with the tour group...

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Jun 15, 2019 - New York, New York

Just a very quick blog entry this morning (recapping yesterday). We left Washington around 8.30am and tootled off down the road, making a quick mid morning coffee/ toilet stop before arriving in Philadelphia around lunchtime. We had about an hour and a half to eat lunch and explore a bit. Cheryl and I shared a very delicious speciality - a Philly cheesesteak (a soft roll filled with succulent steak and onions, liberally sprinkled with melted cheese). I didn’t worry too much about exploring as I will be back for 4 nights soon. Once back on...

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Jan 12, 2019 - Escape to and from New York

. A few months ago, I got an email from my daughter Sarah in New York City, with a schedule of JetBlue tickets from Minneapolis to Boston a few days before Christmas. This was a surprise to me, and I emailed back saying there must be some mistake, going to New York wasn't on my bucket list. "Talk to your wife", Sarah emailed back. . The two of them had cooked up this trip, knowing I'd be against it, bought the tickets, and it looked like I was committed, or should be. . The plan was to fly into Boston on December 19th, our son Glenn...

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Oct 1, 2018 - New York

Josh, Melissa and Kathy met us for our 4-hour NYC tour provided by Tour by Locals. Our driver, Raul, picked us up on time but said our guide went to the same address in Brooklyn! The two had worked together for years so Raul entertained/informed us in general for about an hour until we picked up Ibraham, a Muslim from Senegal. Ibraham was a character from the moment we met him. He joked with Raul and had clever insights into each of us very quickly. Has been in the US for 17 years, a tour guide for 8 and speaks 5 languages. We have had...

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Sep 30, 2018 - Newburgh to Manhattan, NY

I woke up to shower at 6:00 am to find no water in the entire camp! We were on the road by 9:30 and at our parking garage at 127 Perry (near 11th Avenue) by 12:30. Great garage in a residential area on the lower westside. Tried Uber but ultimately a taxi to our Airnbn at 763 2nd Avenue (between 40th and 41st). Ok, private, clean bath but grungy around walls etc. The other Kwellers were coming from Queens, needed to settle into their Spring Hills Suites Hotel and had work to do. Bob and I tried to get tickets for Come From Away but no go....

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