DAY 3. PART ONE. LADY LIBERTY AND THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY

Sorry about the break in posts but jet lag reared it’s ugly head again last night.  We were all in bed by 9.30pm and didn’t think about getting up until after 10.  Starting to get into the swing of things as a New Yorker (ha!) though.  If you want a decent size cup of coffee but don’t want to drink a gallon ask for a Grande.  Tipping is scaled by service so if it’s awesome it’s 20% if it’s average 10%.  It is always warmer when it is snowing. Why?
No wind.  Anyway, I digress.  Yesterday was our big touristy day.    After grabbing a Coffee and Chocolate croissant we jumped on the subway Line 1 down to South Ferry.  The Subway was efficient and quick but a little dirty and hard to navigate especially with a stroller.  Still a better way than driving.  I can’t imagine anything worse than driving through the main streets of the city.  Digressing again blah blah.

As soon as you step out at South Ferry you are bombarded with Hecklers trying to sell you trips on boats to see the statue.  I kid you not we were asked about 20 times .  Once you get past the swarm it’s straight onto the Staten Island Ferry.  Free as a bird.  It is regimented.  You all stand in front of two big doors and then shuffle through onto the ferry like cattle.  We got really great seats on the top level and before we knew it we were on our way to see the prettiest green lady in all the land.  Gus slept through the entire thing, waking up just as we were about to dock.  I have to say I had exactly the same feeling as when I first saw the Manhattan skyline, a gulp in my throat and a tear in my eye.  
Lady Liberty really is a beauty!  Smaller than what you think (I think it’s all the movies we watch) but still stops you in your tracks.  You can’t take your eyes off her.

After ticking off a bucket list item we headed up past Wall Street and onto the Freedom Tower and the 911 Memorial Museum.  It was sombre, in your face and conveyed just how real that day was and how it still effects the NY community.

What a great day!  One of the best!  I feel like I need to continually be pinched to remind me that what we are experiencing, seeing, smelling, tasting is real!

Photo dump below if you want to check it out.

Part 2 coming tomorrow.  Another Bucket Item List ticked off!

Love Lil xx

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