Day two in the Big Apple
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On day two, we all hit the ground running. I was very impressed that everyone kept up, even with all the walking we did! Early in the morning, we got on the subway and took it down to Times Square. From there we walked a few blocks to where they were filming the Today show. I don't watch the news show, but oh well. We got there just in time to see Phil Collins perform a few songs on the outdoor stage. Our view wasn't terribly great, and we were looking at the back of his head, but we could hear just fine. When the performance was done, the stars of the Today show crossed the street to their outdoor newsroom and prepared to interview some lady I had never seen before. We, along with the other thousands of people that were there, crossed the street to get a view of the interview.
Since we were right in front of NBC studios, we thought it would be interesting to take a tour of the building. It was a no photos allowed type of thing, but we got to see how they do things behind the scenes. We didn't see any stars, but we got to see several of the rooms where shows of past and present have been filmed. I actually thought the tour was well worth it, so go check it out yourself!
We went back to Times Square and this time took a look around. We stopped in several of the shops including the world's largest Toys R Us store, with a four story ferris wheel inside! I never thought I would be taking pictures inside a toy store.
After leaving the Empire State Building, we continued our walk through the city. The walk took us past the public library and to Grand Central Station. We went inside to see what was going on. Just like in Europe, it was full of people hurrying to wherever they were headed! It was surprisingly dark in there, so pictures didn't really turn out. We ended the day by walking back through Central Park to our hotel - a long walk but well worth it!