Day 23 New York

I am a bit slow in writing this blog – it is about 8:30 on Tuesday morning and I was a bit  tired last night to write anything.

We started the day at 5:30am as we had decided in advance of coming here to do a day trip to Philadelphia and Lancaster County (a 13 hour round trip).  We saw the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and and we sat in Congress (where government was first set up for the first 10 years before moving to Washington).

We also went to look at the Philadelphia Museum. I didn’t quite get the point of this initially (some of people on the tour with us were very excited about this). When they started playing the theme song from Rocky I finally cottoned on).They wanted to run up the steps of the Museum like Rocky!!!! And in true US style there is a statue of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky at the base of the Museum and they sell T-shirts there. ???!!!???

From there it was on to Lancaster County (an Amish Community). The countryside was beautiful – lush, green and so picturesque. I dragged Norm (almost kicking and screaming) to see some of the beautiful quilts made by the Amish women and some beautiful yarns (knitting not stories as Norm was trying to tell me the shop was about).We also visited a farm and met some of the people. It was very interesting – I could say more but we will leave this until we return (if you are interested).

Then it was a 3 hour drive back to New York. We arrived back at about 8:30pm. On the way in I noticed a billboard that said the Empire State building was open until 2:00am.Norm wanted to go up  (as we only did Rockefeller last time we were here) so we decided to t night. There was a 2 hour wait to go up (so we opted for the fast track – which still took time). It took so much time we ended up opting to climb 12 flights of stairs (6 up and 6 down) rather than wait 20 minutes for a lift! and let me tell you these stairs are steep. Anyway we can say we have climbed up some of the Empire State building!

The view was great (but again so many people). As part of the  tour they show a video which includes footage from An Affair to Remember (Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr) and Sleepless in Seattle (Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan) both featured the building.

It was midnight by the time we got back to the Hotel so hence no blog until now. Have just planned today so am off to enjoy. It is going to be a beautiful day (28 degrees). Hope you are all having fun!! Love W.

(I look like a startled fawn at the Liberty Bell!!)


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