We started today by having breakfast at the restaurant at the entrance to the hotel and then walked down to Battery Park to get on the Hop on Hop off bus “Big Bus”. It was fun and we did get to see a lot of the city.
The narrator pointed out where famous people own apartments and buildings that have an interesting history. We had earphones to help us hear because the city is ALWAYS loud. Honking! Sirens! …. So loud! He was willing to answer questions when not busy but much of his narration was on wealth. Money is very important in NYC and maybe the most important thing to people who live here.
We hopped off and transferred to a different bus to go up to see Times Square and Central Park. At Times Square, we hopped off and took pictures along with visiting the M&M store. We were told it was the best place to find a bathroom. We were warned to NEVER go into the subway for a bathroom. The view of Central Park was limited from the bus and being a Sunday there were a lot of people visiting the park.
We passed one of the oldest Fire stations in the city.
At the end of the bus tour, we walked to the 9/11 tower memorial. Along the way we passed several buildings that looked like they were styled after Greek or Roman construction.
We found the 9/11 memorial incredibly moving. We would have taken the museum tour but the wait time was over 2 hours.
The memorial is only a few blocks from our hotel so we walk that direction. Along the way we stopped for lunch. From the restaurant, we could see the memorial so this location was affected when the towers fell. It was interesting walking in the city. Everyone was nice and no one ever bothered us. Of course, being in a big city means being aware of your surroundings but we never felt unsafe.
We decided that for our last meal in NYC we would go to the tavern next door to the hotel. The food was good.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...