Cynthia's Big Adventure...
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I am a Long Island girl...that being said, unlike most Long Island girls, I do not get to the Big Apple much. Even when I travel the world, I always prefer being out in the country rather than the big cities. As most of my friends know, I do not get into Manhattan so when my friend Chris in New Jersey said he wanted to go, I said "Let's Go"!
Now this is where it gets strange to most people. This New York girl, drove to Dunellen, New Jersey, so she could go back to New York! Don't try to figure it out...you will go crazy! Just accept it, its easier that way!
So in the early morning on June 14th we jumped on the Ferry from the New Jersey side to cross over to New York (it takes about 10 minutes max).
Our destination is the Museum of Natural History across from Central Park. Chris and I decided it would be great to walk the 20 plus blocks. This is about when I turned into a tourist! Central Park is an Oasis in the middle of the city. It is a must see. Although we did not spend any time there on this visit, I have walked through the park in the past. There is a small zoo, although not one of New York's best, it is worth a visit. Of course there are great concerts in the park and just a great place to sit and have a picnic.
I have been to New York City before, but for some reason I always feel like it is the first time.
Onto the Museum...If you didn't know, I love dino's. I am an Archaeologist/Paleontologist wanna be and someday I am sure I will leave the life behind a desk in an office and start digging! For that reason, you will notice a certain theme to my visit to the museum. (We did visit the planetarium also, but they don't let you take pictures).
The Museum has one of the best dinasaur exhibits in the country. About 80% are actual fossils and not replicas. You have to love the T-Rex. It is an amazing thing looking up at the size of these amazing creatures.
After going to the Planatarium, a must see if you are at the Museum, we went back out on the town to get some lunch and walk down to Broadway. We ate lunch at the New York Grill, a restaurant that was actually moved to New York from Germany. If you are ever in New York, don't miss it, the food was great.
Chris was very amused as this New York girl took out her camera to capture the sites again...Broadway is an amazing place...
Our next stop is St. Patrick's Cathedral. Located on Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets, the Cathedral is the largest gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States.
If you have walked the streets of New York City, you have either experienced riding in, or watched other visitors riding in the tour buses. I have to say my favorite is the New York City Ducks. Shaped like a boat it has to put a smile on your face. I kept threatening Chris that I wanted to ride in it. He just walked away, pretending that he didn't know me!
Our adventure concluded when we hailed a cab to take us back to the pier to catch our Ferry back to New Jersey (stop laughing at me!).
...It was about the time when we reached the far side of the center that the sky opened up! I didn't think New York had a Monsoon season? We found an alcove in the building and thought it would be a good idea to wait the heaviest part of the storm out.
The weather finally let up and we went for it...back on the ferry and my adventure was complete! I hope if you lasted this long, you enjoyed it!