Friday, February 29, 2008

New York City!

Hello again :) We've been to New York City a few times, but there's never enough time! We usually take the train from Long Island into Penn Station in Midtown, Manhattan. We took subway to the September 11 memorial, though it was difficult to see because of all the construction going on. There was a man there, sitting on the ground playing the song "Amazing Grace" on his flute, very pretty sounding. We went to Wall Street where we saw the New York Stock Exchange building with a huge American flag over it and Federal Hall. Federal Hall is where America's first president George Washington took the oath of office. It was also the home of the first Congress, Supreme Court and Executive offices.We went to Chinatown, what a busy place! Here, there are all kinds of goodies and people from places like China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and so fourth. There are fresh seafood and produce markets and so many far east restaurants, that you could eat at a different one every day for a year! Chinatown is a wonderful view...very colorful and so different from the rest of the city. After Chinatown we continued to Soho and parts of "Little Italy". We went down to Chelsea Pier where we saw the Brooklyn Bridge. Then to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty. It looks so small from Battery Park! If it had been summertime, we would've gone to the island it stands on and Ellis Island on a ferry. We headed uptown on the Subway to Grand Central Station and the United Nations. While on the Subway, a man came in and started singing the song "I've Got Sunshine" while holding a McDonald's bag out to collect change from his audience of subway riders. Grand Central Station is really beautiful on the inside, unfortunately though, it is difficult to capture the beauty with a camera. The ceiling was originally painted by French artist Paul Cesar Helleu in 1912, but replaced in the 1930's and again in 1998. The ceiling display is astronomically decorated; the sky is "backwards" with backwards constellation, including Pisces. We walked down to the U.N. after admiring Grand Central for a while, but none of the flags were up so it wasn't too exciting :( because the U.N. building itself is pretty boring haha! We headed over to Times Square, passing by Rockefeller Center where there was ice skating, and flags! :) We passed 5th avenue. 5th ave is the place to go if you have a lot of money and want to spend it at trendy places like Saks, Coach, Louis Vuitton and the like. Times Square is a ZOO! There are so many people and depending on the time a day it is difficult to even move around the sidewalks! Cameras are constantly flashing and we're always bumping into people. Times Square is an amazing site, so much light! It has many, many, many places to shop and eat! There's a giant Hershey's store, MTV studios, Hard Rock Cafe and on and on and on! New York is quite an amazing city and I still have more to see! Now I'm off to Australia and hope it is a bit warmer than New York!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Boston Trip

We went on a quick trip to Boston this weekend.
We went to Boston this weekend. We left at 1:00 a.m. on Friday night so we could miss the daytime traffic going through New York City. It only took about 4 hours to get to Boston. We took the subway into the city, where we first stopped at The Museum of Fine Arts -Boston. We saw artifacts and paintings from ancient Rome, Egypt, Greece, the Americas, eastern Asia and NEW ZEALAND! And then we spent about an hour in the gift shop haha. After the museum, we just walked around and explored Boston. There are sooooo many churches here! After a full afternoon of walking around, we took the Subway to our hotel and stayed there for the evening so we could wake-up early the next morning and explore some more. We were pretty exhausted from pulling an all-nighter :)On Sunday we went up to the "historic district" of Boston. Here we went to the old State House, the new State House, an old church and the cemetery where Paul Revere and John Hancock are buried. The "old" Boston is quite amazing. Some of the streets are brick and there are these incredible narrow alleys with classic, old-styled homes. After exploring much of the city, we hit up a few pubs :) We met a few people who we chatted with all night. The people in Boston are very nice! We spent the night in Heather's jeep in the underground parking deck :) Then we left Monday morning at 4:30 a.m. before Monday morning rush hour. On the way back to Long Island, Heather stopped in Connecticut about a million times in search for Connecticut postcards, but couldn't find any, so finally gave up.It was a really exhausting, but FUN weekend !!I'll send New York City pictures next! :)-Heather

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Kiwis road trip

January 2008 We make our way from Houghton, Michigan, which is Heather's hometown, where we were visiting for Christmas. The roadtrip is long, but goes by quickly. We pass through many towns and cities, but we usually only pass through. Today we stopped in Madison, Wisconsin for the night. It took only six hours to get here, but it felt like much longer! In Madison, we went to a coffee shop that is also a winery, and we indulged on some sweet wine :) Also, we went to an amazing Indian restaurant called India Darbar, the food was DELICIOUS! After a night in Madison, we left early the next morning for Chicago, where we were lucky enough to arrive in the Chicago area just in time for Monday morning rush hour. It would normally take about 2 hours to go from Madison through Chicago, but it took us about 3.5 hours, what timing :) We by the stadium where the Chicago Cubs play. We also saw Chicago's L-train.Finally out of Chicago, we headed into Indiana. I helped drive in Indiana, but not for long as I kept getting distracted by fret trains and buildings I wanted to peek at. Ohio seemed to last forevvveerrrr....mostly flat farmland on the Ohio Turnpike. The Ohio Turnpike is our favorite because there are these little service islands so there's no need to get off the interstate if you need gas or food, so we stopped everytime we saw a Starbucks :) Next came Pennsylvania, the most mountainous state I've ever seen (but Heather said Vermont has mountains, too). Pennsylvania is a beautiful state, but takes a longgg time to get through. On the way to Michigan we drove through Pennsylvania at night so we couldn't see any of the views and it was quite scary driving through the mountains at night because it was difficult to see and we were constantly surround by semi-trucks. So it was nice to drive through Pennsylvania during the day on our way back to New York. We stopped at the Delaware Water Gap, just beautiful! A picture can't even capture it's beauty. Next, we get to New Jersey, but we're only in this state for a very short period of time and on the way through there isn't much to look at haha, at least not from the road, and we were so anxious to get back to Long Island! I will send more pictures soon!Heather