Wednesday, October 29, 2008
We spent the day in Manhattan. It only rained for a little while but it was still really cold all day. Going anywhere in Manhattan is an adventure. At times our tour bus got close to hitting a car, a person, a curb, or another bus. There was hardly any reaction from the locals. However, us the visitors, the tourists all gasp at each near miss.
Walking in Manhattan is quite an experience. On the sidewalks or when crossing a street, we were almost knocked over more than once by the locals who seem to be in such a hurry all the time. And yet each time we had to stop someone to ask for directions, people were very nice and helpful. This is an amazing city.
Not to mention the drivers, they may honk so they won’t hit you but they don’t stop. Mar has almost gotten run over twice already in two days.
We took the bus tour of downtown today on a double decker bus and we sat in the top part of the bus for a great view of the city. We got to see the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, United Nations, Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, Little Italy, Chinatown, SoHo, and The Village.
After the tour we walked around Times Square, where there are thousands of lights flashing, projecting and reflecting everywhere. There is so much going on and so much to do that we could come here every year for the next ten years and still not see everything this city has to offer.
When our feet could carry us no longer, we headed back to the bus station and caught our bus back to NJ. This time, we knew where to go and what to do to catch our bus, without any delays.