Saturday, December 29, 2012

NYC & Canada Day #9/10: Tour of New York/Going Home

NYC & Canada Day #8: Back in New York
NYC & Canada Day #7: Final At Sea Day

NYC & Canada Day #6: Saint John, New Brunswick

NYC & Canada Day #5: Halifax, Canada
NYC & Canada Day #4: First At Sea Day
NYC & Canada Day #3: Boarding the Disney Magic
NYC & Canada Day #2: Wicked!!
NYC & Canada Day #2: New York Yankees

NYC & Canada Day #1: Exploring New York

With the WDW Marathon Weekend approaching (and our next vacation), I figured it was time to finish up our New York/Canada recap!

On Saturday morning, my family hopped a cab to the 911 Memorial. I reserved tickets online ahead of time so we were able to bypass the initial ticket line! Yay!


It was foggy and rainy outside…yuck! This is the new tower currently undergoing construction.

After walking through the ticket line, we made our way through security which is similar to airport security. I took a picture of something right past security…which is still not allowed…and I kind of got in trouble with a police officer. Whoops. Sorry. And yes, that’s the second time that’s happened to me…once at Port Canaveral (a few years ago) and once at the 911 Memorial. Oddly enough, the guy at the 911 Memorial was WAY nicer than the DISNEY security guy at Port Canaveral. Hello.

Ok I got sidetracked…whoops. Moving on…


This tree has a pretty crazy story! It survived the attack on the Twin Towers and still stands today (after much TLC).


The memorial was very sad and humbling…a very quite and reflective place.


We knew the name of a guy from our hometown who perished in the attack, so we found his name on the computer screen, then  found it on the memorial. The computer has an alphabetical list of every name on the memorial with the coordinates to where their name is located.



After walking around for about an hour, we decided to check out the Chapel that also survived the attack…only, we went to the wrong Chapel (but that’s ok because this one was beautiful)!

Trinity Church


The graveyard was filled with OLD and I mean OLD graves. I’m a history nerd so this interested me.



From the War of 1812



The inside of this church was AMAZING. Absolutely gorgeous!

Once we realized we weren’t in the correct place, we began walking. On our way, we passed Wall Street!


We finally found St. Paul’s Chapel. If you haven’t heard of this place, Google it.


Only one windowpane was broken in the Chapel during the attacks – and look at its close proximity to the area where the towers stood!


This Chapel also served as a haven for rescue workers after the attack.


The story about the boots made me sad.


Actually, a lot of the things we saw that morning made me sad…


The inside of the church (which also holds a lot of history back to George Washington’s day) became a “People’s Memorial”.




The story of this troop is very touching.

By the time we finished walking through St. Paul’s, we were starving. Lucky for us, the Double Decker Bus Tour route was nearby. We decided to stop at Seaport and grab a bite to eat.


None of us had ever eaten at Johnny Rockets so that was the obvious choice!


VERY good Philly Cheesesteak sandwich…and of course I got a milkshake!


After lunch, we walked around through the Seaport mall where I found this amazing Christmas store! Definitely my heaven!!


Behind the mall is an awesome view of the Brooklyn Bridge!

We took a few pictures at the bridges, then decided to continue our tour of Downtown. Once the Downtown loop was over, we switched busses and also took a tour of Uptown Manhattan!


Our view from the top of a Double Decker Bus!


This scene reminded me of the Streets of America in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! :0)

The Uptown Tour bus was not near as crowded as the Downtown Tour Bus. It was nice to have a break away from all the noise!


At one of the stops, these people came up to the bus and sold bottles of water and cold drinks. There was a bucket on the end of the pole full of bottled water! Hah!


Our Uptown tour also took us through Harlem which was really neat to see!


Central Park.


Do you see the rain clouds? Yep, we had to wear ponchos at one point! Crazy storms came through the area – after it passed, we read stories of several tornados that touched down not far from us! Really scary!

Aaaaaaand if we didn’t have enough of bus tours already, Jason and I decided to switch busses yet again for the nighttime tour. The nighttime tour took us through Brooklyn with awesome views of the New York skyline at night!

Our night time bus tour began in Times Square!



It was fashion week, so this building had nifty different color lights on top!


This is the best shot I was able to get of the New York Skyline from Brooklyn. The bus sure was bouncy which makes for blurry pictures!

Overall, we loved the tour and recommend it to everyone, especially if you’ve never been to New York and don’t know your way around!

After the tour, we were EXHAUSTED. We also had an early day the following morning so we finished packing, then went to sleep!

Sunday morning came EARLY. We boarded this crazy nasty 18 passenger van (which was not worth the amount of money we paid per person, thank you) and headed to the airport.


Wildlife inside the airport!


I’ve never eaten at Dunkin Donuts before so of course I had to have a donut! Hehe!

Our plane left a little late because crazy people wouldn’t SIT DOWN. The captain finally had to come over the intercom and tell them to be considerate of everyone’s time and please SIT DOWN. I was livid. Our connection in Houston was only 45 minutes so we were cutting it close. I am NOT a fan of connecting flights…if I can fly direct, I do. Obviously a direct flight was not an option for this trip. As soon as we landed in Houston, I took off for the next terminal. I had to haul booty, but I made it. Jason’s parents were about 5 minutes behind us, but they made it too. We sat down on the plane with minutes to spare! Whew.

What a crazy way to end a crazy whirlwind 10 day vacation!

Overall, I LOVED Canada and want to go back! New York, I liked – but I needed to recuperate from the noise once I got home. I like peace and quiet and that’s not readily available in New York City. Also if I go back to New York, I’d love to go with someone who’s been before, because I felt very “out of my element” and I don’t like not knowing my way around.

Thanks for following along with my trip recap…I know it took a long time for me to get it all out! Hope you enjoyed hearing about it as much as I enjoyed going! :0)


Have a fabulous weekend!

1 comment:

  1. Love all your pictures, how fun! I am like you, I like the quiet!


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