Monday began with some refreshing Jamba Juice and a stroll though Battery Park where we got some beautiful views of the Hudson River and a view of a memorial to the victims of the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks.
From here we headed up along Broadway towards Wall Street. Along the way we saw the Charging Bull
and came a cross a very old church that had grave stones dating back to the 18th century.
The highlight of Wall Street was the big and architecturally beautiful New York Stock Exchange building.
We headed along Wall Street until South Street which we followed up until we reached South Street Seaport, a nice building with cute little shops and restaurants and also a trapeze school outside (incase you’re feeling ambitious).
From here we headed over to Fulton Street to see the Titanic Memorial.
At this point it began to pour rain but we luckily came upon a pub called Liam’s and went in for some shelter, beer and a bite to eat. After the rain settled down we walked over to the World Trade Centre site, although we didn’t have time to do a free tour of the memorial inside we walked around outside the construction site and saw the new buildings being built.
From the WTC site we headed over to Century 21, the discount department store (similar to Winners) where we found some good deals! After shopping we took the subway up to 81st street where the Natural Museum of History is Located. Unfortunately we got there an hour before the museum closed but lucky for us the last hour of the museum is free! We had a quick look around at the dinosaur bones and other exhibits before being shooed out promptly at 5:45pm (very prompt!).
After leaving the museum we took the subway down to Chinatown. Here we had a really nice dinner at 456 Shanghai Cuisine at 69 Mott street (featured in the NY Times last year) and then headed to Canal street to buy souvenirs. The good thing about buying your souvenirs on Canal Street is that you can barter with the shopkeepers and generally knock what they’re asking for down by a couple bucks. Great if you’re buying “I ❤ NY” t-shirts!
After grabbing our souvenirs we headed over to Times Square for drinks and dessert. We ended up at the Bubba Gump Shrimp company on the 2nd floor right beside a window over looking Time Square! A restaurant completely developed around the movie Forrest Gump, the view was excellent and so was the service, our waiter even gave us a 5-question quiz on the movie.
And this sadly was the end of our trip :(. Hard to believe 5 days went by so fast! Although we didn’t get to see everything we wanted, 5 days was plenty of time to see A LOT and I’m sure my feet are probably happy that this vacation wasn’t any longer than that (Note to self: remember good walking shoes next time I travel to NY).
Until my next trip!
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