Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Natasha's Trip: Day 4

Today was such a busy day! We were up at 6:30 am to get ready to leave for the bus. The bus ride was good, about 2.5 hours and then we arrived at Port Authority in NYC. We walked to our hotel, wandering around for a little while until we found it... Times Square is really confusing!

We got checked in, to the 37th floor of the Hilton on Times Square! (Pretty Sweet View! See it here and here.) Then we freshened up and went out to hit the town (this was about 2pm).

Times Square

Natasha in Times Square, New York City

Our first stop was Ripley's Believe It Or Not, which was right beside our hotel. It was really interesting and lots of fun.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Our next stop was Central Park. We walked for a while but ended up renting a pedicab to take us through as the park is huge and our feet were tired. This park is beautiful! We especially liked the lake and the Bethesda Fountain!

A lake in Central Park

Bethesda Fountain

Our Pedicab driver was very friendly and helpful and took some pictures for us too. We also saw Trump Towers (the one in The Apprentice), it is at the edge of Central Park. We saw the building where Yoko Onno lives and where John Lennon was assassinated, as well as the buildings that Celine Dion, Bill Gates, and Al Pacino live. They are all surrounding Central Park and cost millions of dollars. Bill Gates apartment is four stories!

After Central Park we headed downtown to Bloomingdale's and Tiffany & Co. We took a short jaunt into Bloomindale's but after seeing the $1195 purse decided to vamoose on to less expensive territory. We went into Tiffany's and looked all around. It was less intimidating as there were no price tags on the jewellery. :).


Tiffany & Co.

Next we took the subway about 15 blocks further downtown Manhattan to reach Macy's (where I bought a NYC shirt for $4.50!), Madison Square Gardens, and the Empire State Building (although we decided not to take the elevator to the top).

Inside the 57 Street subway station

[Click to see what else you can find in a New York Subway station -- Editor]

Macy's Department Store

The lobby of the Empire State Building

It was getting dark by this time so we grabbed some tasty pizza at Sbarros and started the long walk back to the hotel. Times Square is amazing at night! Unfortunately most of my nighttime pictures turned out blurry :(. Where's a tripod when you need one?

Natasha eating a stuffed pizza [At my favorite, Sbarros -- Andrew]

It is now about 12:39am and my hotel buddies have been in bed for more than 1.5 hours and here I've sat uploading videos and sending pictures for the blog... so I'm off to bed so I can rest for another exciting day tomorrow!

Tomorrow we go see Ground Zero, The Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.

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4 Smart Remarks:

Anonymous Stephanie said...

NYC is a booming place!! Looks like you guys are already having a blast!

Have fun, and can't wait to see your next post!

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Susanna said...

Wow, looks like fun! I love your hotel and the view from your room!

Maybe while out on the town you guys will spot a celebrity!

11:40 PM  
Anonymous mom hoyer said...

Awesome! Very interesting post...
love those video clips :-)
NYC is on our list to visit sometime!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Thanks for sharing all the photos and stories, Natasha (via Andrew!) Very interesting...makes me want to travel there too one day!

6:53 PM  

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