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Date: 8th October 2017

Day two of the weekend break and I took a Helicopter Ride over New York - it is a very interesting skyline and to see the hugeness of the Statue of Liberty from the air was quite an experience - also Ellis Island where the immigrants used to be processed.

In the afternoon, we had a coach tour of New York and all the highlights were pointed out - historic buildings, apartment blocks which had been and still are the residences of the rich and famous, the Brooklyn Bridge, ending with a visit to Ground Zero - site of the Twin Towers disaster. Where the towers collapsed and so many of the dead were never recovered, the area remains a monument to them - two square areas of waterfall with the water running into a deep infinity hole. Around the perimeter are etched the names of the dead and all the firefighters and other service personel who lost their lives that awful day. Across the road is a huge mutilated sphere which had been in the square between the towers and was found hundreds of yards away. Although the place was crowded with tourists there was none of the cacophony of sound which usually accompanies holidaymakers - not silent but just respectful.

On the Sunday we had a walking tour of the City and had more time to take in all the information we’d gleaned the day before. We saw the spot where John Lennon was assassinated and also the magnificent Apartment building, close to Central Park, in which he had lived and where Yoko Ono still resides Ethel Merman and Fred Astaire had once lived in the block across the street.  Our guide told us that it is possible you'll go into a coffee bar and find yourself sitting next to a 'Star'.

We were only able to explore the bottom end of Central Park as it is 7 miles in circumference. And only a stone’s throw from where he lived there’s the Strawberry Fields memorial to John Lennon.   It is a large round mosaic on the ground and people still come there to marry - we actually saw a couple waiting for their nuptuals with all the Peace flags erected at the site.

New York is very short on public conveniences so our guide told us that we could go to the Basement Food Hall in the Plaza Hotel and use the offices there which we did. Coming up from the Hall and going down one of the splendid marble corridors leading to the front of the Hotel I spied a display cabinet with the photos of many famous people beside their favourite perfumes all by the House of Krigler - and there was a photo of my heroine Audrey Hepburn. Her signature fragrance and favourite was English Promenade No 19. I found the small Krigler boutique but at $400 a bottle I had to give it a miss. However I did get a spray and hours later the delicate fragrance was still lingering.

When we came out of the Plaza we were met with mayhem - Fifth Avenue was closed for about a mile for the Polish Parade and it was well nigh impossible to cross the street other than at a couple of junctions where the queues were horrendous. We did finally manage it and a walk which should have taken about 15 minutes back to our hotel took an hour. Funnily enough the Parade began at our place and I asked a gentleman if the whole parade were comprised of Poles to which he answered in the affirmative. My comment that there couldn’t be any Poles left in Poland was met with a smile. Apparently this closing of 5th Avenue is a regular occurrence and it is shut from 12.30 - 6.30. Heaven help anyone in NY on St Patrick’s day!

That night a few of us had decided to sample a Broadway Show. Although I’d seen it in London it was worth a second viewing and we went to ‘Beautiful’. I have to say I think the production was even better than the one at the Old Vic in London and that was pretty spectacular. The only criticism was that we were all freezing with the Air Conditioning. This was an oft repeated fault in hotels and other buildings. In fact, one of the first things I did when I got to my room in Canada and the USA  was to turn the AC off and allow the room to ‘heat up’.

We walked back to our hotel quite safely - New York is now a pretty safe town in which to perambulate though we were cautioned not to go into Harlem and one or two other outlying parts of the Big Apple.

Our final morning was spent on a 2 hour cruise round the island of New York - again we had superb weather and excellent photo opportunities. Not sure which were best - my aeriel views or those taken from the boat - both were excellent in different ways and it was good to see and identify areas I’d seen from on high.

Then sadly it was time for a snack lunch and out to the Airport and the endless wait - necessary these days because of all the security precautions.

I’d been away for two and a half weeks - seen and done so much it felt as though I’d been out of the UK for at least a month

My next adventure is Peru in November. I’m so impressed with Just You, their organisation, tour managers, guides and how much they pack into a JY experience, that I’m paying to go on this trip. What better endorsement can I give than that?

Until the next time. Thank you for reading and sharing my adventures with Just You and I shall put some selected photos into my gallery - not an easy job as I took over 2,000!!!

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