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NEW YORK - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 9th October 2017

Nine of us took the train to New York - a comfortable and interesting trip. We actually had a few hours off while our lovely Tour Manager Aideen went to the airport to greet the party who’d come out for a Just You New York Weekend Break.

I teemed up with a charming lady from the first group and we went off exploring the sites - Times Square (which isn’t square but a sort of triangle) Broadway - it actually encompasses a whole block so you don’t actually walk ‘down Broadway’. The Rockefeller Plaza was amazing and runs the whole of a large ‘block’ dominated by the actual Rockefeller Building. The Plaza comprised little fountains flowing into each other, bordered by flowers and carvings and ending in a huge open square which was being prepared as an Ice Rink for the winter. We went into Saks just to say we’d been there. They had their Christmas Department in full swing and was it glorious - probably better than Harrods. We both bought a couple of Christmas Decorations just to have the pleasure of the traditional Saks wrapping - a lovely bag tied up with Saks ribbon. We also had a drink on their Roof Terrace looking down to the Rockefeller Plaza. A glass of wine was not inexpensive either in Canada or New York but the Terrace was no more pricey than most other places. The one area of which we were unaware was the way they give the price, then add two taxes and an obligatory ‘tip’ with the boxes denoting your ‘forced’ generosity going from a box with 10% in increments up to as much as 40%. So what looks like the price of a reasonable meal or drink can almost double with all the additions - BEWARE.
And no visit to New York is complete without a visit to Grand Central Station - an amazing edifice of marble and carvings. I’d been told by a friend that we ought to go to the Campbell Bar for a drink. It was the private waiting area for the Campbell’s Soup Family before they embarked on a train journey. A charming Manager would have been quite happy to give us a table but as we were having a group dinner that evening, we declined

After the Welcome dinner, we went to the Empire State Building and were booked to go to the top. I’ve noticed that it seems better to be in groups for visits like this one - pre-booked and no queuing. The money men behind the building of the The Empire State Building and the Chrysler were trying to outdo each other in terms of height The Empire State wins by a head more or less because of its mast, They are both very impressive and looking down from the observation platform onto a lit up New York was quite an experience. We were able to get some great photos.

NEW YORK - Just You Singles Holidays

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