It's Travel Time....but where to go?
Ever been to Times Square, in New York? (If you’re super, duper, adventurous you might want to save this for New Year’s Eve). But, if you’d rather go when the weather is nicer rather than near freezing and the crowds not so, well, shoulder to shoulder crowded, then think of going now, or within the next few months. There’s plenty to do in the “Big Apple” besides shopping. Although there’s plenty of opportunity for that. Just look around, designer shops and souvenir shops are everywhere. But when you’re done shopping, there’s more to do. Go to the theatre and see a play. Go to one of the dozens upon dozens of “name” restaurants.........
take a tour of Central Park......
Did I say Central Park? Yes, technically it’s in Manhattan, and is totally huge! 843 acres smack in the middle of town. But there’s more to do than just wander the paths. Visit the small zoo, visit the 19th century Belvedere Castle, catch a ride in a horse drawn carriage, rent a bicycle, a pair of skates, or a boat. And don’t forget that picnic lunch. Or buy a hot dog from one of the corner vendors, then find a nice spot to just sit for a few minutes and enjoy the scene.visit Rockefeller Center, and if you're there during winter....go ice skating.
Go see the famous Rockettes, their high stepping, kicking dancing will entertain and amaze you.
Take a boat out to see the Statue of Liberty.
and then go to Ellis Island and investigate if any of your ancestors came to the U.S. via Ellis Island.
And for kicks and giggles, visit the Times Square Small Museum and write a wish on a tiny piece of confetti. Your little piece and 2 tons of other tiny written “wishes” will flutter down on the Square at Midnight on the next New Year’s Eve. How cool is that?
Oh, and don’t forget to take a taxi ride…anywhere. It’s like a roller coaster ride in Crazyville!
When you’ve exhausted all of that, how about visiting Grand Central Terminal, and be one of the 21,600,000 other people who visit there each year. Every day approximate 10,000 people have their lunch at the Terminal. Why? Because it is absolutely beautiful. The ceilings have constellations painted on them in gold, with twinkling lights everywhere. There’s a grand staircase that is one of the most magnificient you’ll ever see, and a historic Oyster Bar you just have to try, even if you don’t like oysters, have a drink and say you were there. And if you enjoy the sea, how about a little side trip to South Street Seaport, NYC. Commerce has thrived here for the past four centuries, so they must be doing something right. Shops and more shops line these cobblestone streets, along with some mighty good restaurants, and some historic transportation that will make you marvel at how far we’ve come.
More? How about an afternoon in Little Italy? It used to be a huge area, it’s shrunk a bit over the years, but it's still big enough so that you can have a great day there. The Italian feeling is still there, along with the old brownstones, some souvenir shops to get that “Italian Princess” tee shirt, some CD”s with some great Italian music, and best of all……some rather fabulous Restaurants!!!!!! And, you never know….you just might catch a glimpse of a dark windowed, black limo, with maybe…..the Godfather inside. ...... You never Know.
And right next to Little Italy is……Chinatown, with more shops and more restaurants and more, more more to see and do.
Now, maybe Take a ride across the Brooklyn Bridge. Maybe a tour through “Jersey”, where some of our greatest old time rock n roll singers and groups came from.
But don't leave NY without going to the Twin Towers Memorial. It's a touching monument to those who lost their lives on 9/11, and it is beautiful.
These are just some ideas to wet your travel appetite. Now, go plan that trip!