Our first day in New York

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A few months ago we decided to go to America.  But everyone seems to be too busy to help me figure out what to do and to see. So I had to decide on my own. Searching on the internet what would be the best option. (in fact the best option is to book your ticket yourself, book your car and pick it up at the airport, and make a reservation on the internet for the first hotel in New York and for the last day). There are more than enough hotels to go to.

But no, we were not  experienced enough we thought to do it ourselves. So I have found a travel agency who could offer the things we wanted to do and see.

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Yes!!! Amerikago.  (this is now Nova tours and they have to clean up the mess Amerikago made. So it is not about Nova tours, they are ok).

We would like to stay in normal hotels, not the expensive ones, but neither the very cheap ones. Because I had been searching for those hotels and I did not like them at all! No problem I payed for the more expensive ones and I will have a good night sleep during my stay in America. How could I be so wrong!

On the day we left  we checked the papers we received, I did not check them before, because we had an extended email contact about the hotels. So I assumed the hotels where the same as I booked. Of course I had seen the vouchers, but just a quick look and counting the vouchers.

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It seems to be ok.

So on Monday 27th of april we were heading for Badhoevedorp to leave our car with some good friends. They were curious where we were going to stay in New York,  they had been there a few month ago. I told them we were staying at the Helmsley Middletown in New York. Coincidence, they have been there too. So checking the voucher, my heart almost stops beating! It was a complete different hotel (or better, motel) In New Jersey!! How are we going to get there when we arrive at the airport? I do not want to stay there!! Neither did my husband, so we called the agency. Because of the time difference they could not change the hotel for the first night so we had to go there. And later they called back, that also the second night was not possible to change. Ha ha joking right???? No he was not. We started our trip with a bad feeling.

But we arrived at the airport and go to New York anyway.

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We arrived at JFK airport at 8.15 pm. It was already dark when we were outside. So now???  Taxi? Because the train to new jersey? I really do not know. It was quite a long drive and very expensive to reach the horrible motel.  Tired as we were we would like to have a drink. Even just water in a bottle for the night. First machine, broken, second one took my money and gave me no water! The lady at the desk told us they will be fixed tomorrow. Very nice but I am thirsty!!! So we had to leave the motel and walk on a very deserted place to find a kind of burger king. We did. But we were not able to sleep in the motel. It was very warm and the airco was not working very well. You could not open a window, and even if you could I would not dare.  The room was smelly and dirty. At 4 o clock we started to call Holland again. Because no matter what would happen, we were not planning to stay there anymore.  First he could not do anything, I told him I will book an hotel online and sent the bill to the travel agency.  One hour later he called back and booked the hotel Pennsylvania we wanted. So at 6 am we left for new York. Tired headache and angry!!

Once we found the right bus to Manhattan (we had to wait a while ) we realized that we never would have made it to new jersey without a travel plan.

The map from lower Manhattan
It was much further away than we expected.  But we arrived in Manhattan, not far from the hotel. So glad, because my head was completely bursting!! I really had to go to bed. The hotel was so nice to give us a room at 11.00 am. So I could go to bed. After a few hours rest and medication we were going out of the hotel. There was not much left of the first day!! 

We took a cap and went to ground zero! (about 14$)  The weather was very nice 32 C . So we spent that time on walking among the Hudson river. Nice cool breeze. Strolling along the river you will see a lot of monuments. We had our drinks in a very nice small Italian restaurant along the river. Sitting under the trees enjoying the view. After this we had to visit Wall Street. Crowded over there!! And took a taxi back to the hotel. I even can’t remember if we have been eating something. I suppose not just fruit. Too tired!!

 

 

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Posted on: Jul 04, 2011
gemini59 says:
Wat een begin van de vakantie :(( Jammer dat je zo'n slecht motel had. Ik hoop dat jullie alles vergoed krijgen, je verwacht dit toch niet?
Posted on: May 21, 2009
gejah says:
goed niet helemaal, maar de maatschappij vergoedt wel een stukje, maar niet alle kosten. Gelukkig was de skyline inn goed. Dus dat is dan niet echt een groot probleem. Alleen niet het uitzicht wat ons beloofd was.
Posted on: May 18, 2009
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