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Deary deary me , tried and tested , worn-in walking boots covering worn out feet .

Some of the dates and sequence of this is out , but that's normal for me .What is it about New York that makes me feel more at home here  than i do in my own hometown ?? The people are mostly extroverts , quick witted , but also reticent and give the impression of not 'giving a hoot' about anyone or anything  .I can't explain it

Carrying on from the previous entry i chatted with a Brit Scottish couple  as i drank my coffee and they told me about a bus hop on drop off city tour they were on for only $49 . I just could not walk anymore and since they said the pickup point was just along Bleecker st  i made my way there having satisfied my coffee  and rest room urges .There was a blue bus  just pulling away full , having refused two tourists getting on , and asked them to wait for the next bus which would be 5 mins .

Covert Brit attempt to win back manhattan , see flag and 'copter
I mistook them for Americans , which is a dodgy thing to do  to Canadians , anyway these two took it in good part and recommended  this bus tour and whats more they also said that they had sore feet !

The bus arrived and the guide took me on , explaining that  he would drop me off at the ticket office (which was by wall st).It was becoming colder , especially on the top deck of the open air bus .They gave me a 3 day tour  ticket for $49 i feel this is a good deal , it includes uptown/downtown/brooklyn and i think ,   a night tour also , and also a river cruise of about 60 mins .

 

We saw wall st , that silly bull , woolworth building but what i wanted most was the free staten island ferry trip , have never done that before .

Bus tour downtown manhattan
There were lots of police around some with dogs but they are just observers  and not obstrusive in any way .

The Staten Island ferry is free and leaves every 30 mins , at least half of the passengers  are tourists  and i was sitting next to some young French women , it takes about 10-15  mins to get to the island , passing the Statue of Liberty  en route , it was hazy and foggy , its not warm

and many are wearing coats and overcoats  and headware , it's MAY , nearly summer , i feel i am a jinx after my experineces  in Costa del Sol last feb . It reminds me of when our queen visited Australia years ago , she went to Alice Springs  and when she got there it started raining , for the first time in two years ! .

The ferry was good , we had to disembark  to allow  the waiting passengers to embark , and then most of us got back on the ferry , actually this was a different ferry   and i quickly found they had a little cafe  and without really thinking  i found myself queuing to be served , i got coffee  and a doughnut , but discarded the coffee when only half drunk , i have taken on most of my addictions and won .

friday 2nd may 15:30 pm , foggy downtown manhattan..seen from staten ferry
I neither drink nor smoke and donna do drugs . When many TB readers have got back up from off the floor (from what i have read of TB boozy meetups anyway)

I must point out that this entire trip  flight/apartment/costs  will  cost me LESS  than thier yearly booze /fags budget . I prefer things this way , although i did have my moments , mostly regretted , when i lived in Amsterdam  when i was 20 something ..

The Staten ferry pases close to Ellis island/Liberty and its a very good phot oportunity , it was hazy today

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Deary deary me , tried and tested …
Deary deary me , tried and tested…
Covert Brit attempt to win back ma…
Covert Brit attempt to win back m…
Bus tour downtown manhattan
Bus tour downtown manhattan
friday 2nd may 15:30 pm , foggy do…
friday 2nd may 15:30 pm , foggy d…
Passengers for ferry
Passengers for ferry
Lost in the fog
Lost in the fog
Chinatown , lower east side
Chinatown , lower east side
Waldorf and Scott and the tour gui…
Waldorf and Scott and the tour gu…
Rockefeller Centre
Rockefeller Centre
St Patricks church
St Patricks church
Christies 49 st
Christies 49 st
Rikshaw type cycle taxi  7th avenue
Rikshaw type cycle taxi 7th avenue
Manhattan
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