Monday, 26 May 2014
Tervets in Manhattan
Speaking of bus tours, we've been racking them up. If there's anyone in New York who's put a 48-hour all-loops sightseeing pass to better use than us, I'd like to meet them.
The uptown loop of the bus tour took us through Harlem and along the east side of Central Park before dropping us back in the city centre.
We swapped land for water and cruised round the southernmost tip of Manhattan...
New York never sleeps, and we almost haven't. A few hours later we were up again, polishing off the hotel's continental breakfast and striding out of the lobby hoping to beat the queue for the Empire State Building. We succeeded, in part, having been told the night before that we faced a three-hour wait to get to the top. In daylight, and with many of those revellers still in bed, it took only 30 minutes before we we were navigating the final barrier rope and rocketing up 86 floors in a crowded elevator to the observatory deck.
Standing between the two memorial sites and the foot of the new, glistening tower evoked a feeling that defies description, really.
I'm glad we went.
But the jewel in this particular crown is the superb array of food emporiums in the station's basement. Dishes from all over the world at cracking prices - well, the Chinese seafood and noodles certainly represented excellent value for money.
The only shame was we couldn't try the Thai as well. Good job we don't leave until tomorrow.