Walking in the Rain

It has rained all day again……..much like yesterday afternoon with fine rain making us soggy and low cloud obscuring the tops of Manhattan’s skyscrapers.

We had to get help to sort out our metro tickets for the subway but once bought we were soon on our way to Downtown to visit the 9/11 Memorial.  There was a moment of mild alarm on the subway when we realised we were on the express train to Brooklyn……as we sped through stations we wondered whether we would actually stop anywhere near where we wanted to alight! Fortunately we did stop at Fulton and from there it was a short walk to the 9/11 Memorial.  The site has been transformed since we were last here and is now a beautiful space with 2 huge black pools set in the footprints of the original north and south Twin Towers.  Thirty foot waterfalls cascade into the tools, each then descending into a centre void.  The names of the almost 3,000 people who lost their lives are inscribed in bronze parapets around the pools.  The new Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center, is the main building of the new World Trade Center complex.  It opened in 2014 and with 104 floors is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and 4th tallest in the world.  Sadly my photos today do not show the Tower as low cloud obscured the view.

Freedom Tower - WTC (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Freedom Tower – WTC (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Another subway trip to Canal Street so we could pick up West Broadway and find The Odeon, a restaurant recommended by Mr G.  We turned left up West Broadway and got all the way up to Houston Street before accepting we should have gone the other way!!  Mr L wanted to get the subway again but Mrs L thought that walking was better…..The Odeon was worth the walk, excellent pastrami sandwiches with fries and a beer.  We needed to walk even more after that high carb lunch!!

We walked all the way up Avenue of the Americas, aka 6th Avenue, back to our hotel on 42nd Street stopping on the way to do some NYC shopping.

Car parking in 6th Avenue

Car parking on 6th Avenue

NYC's 'Boris Bikes'!

NYC’s ‘Boris Bikes’ – citi bikes and an Annie

Mr L stocked up on Levi 514s (his favourite jeans) from the excellent Dave’s.  TJ Maxx didn’t have much but Mr L did get himself a ‘pet’ (new carry-on size suitcase to replace his other one which has a broken handle) – not as nice as Miss A’s ‘pet’ though!  I bought myself a couple of new jumpers at bargain prices, one from Century 21 and the other from Marshalls.

NYPD's latest transport!

NYPD’s latest transport!

Todays walking steps have surpassed yesterday’s – 19,477 steps / 14.5km compared to 16,216 steps / 11.8km yesterday…….weary legs now so dinner was at a nice little Italian just over the road from the hotel.  Tomorrow’s forecast is for more rain…….not having much luck with the weather so far this trip.

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