Today we got up early with the intention of taking a helicopter trip over New York in the afternoon. Our morning plan was to go cruising the rivers and bridges of the city. The Hudson River is four blocks walk down 42nd Street from 8th Avenue so of course we had to stop on the way to eat! When we enquired about the helicopter trip it was another twelve blocks walk so we ditched that idea as our legs were developing muscles that even Superman would be proud of.
Actually we were absolutely knackered and falling into our bunks each evening but it was totally worth it. Sleep is quite sporadic in the hostel on account of (mostly) pissed young girls coming in at four or five o`clock in the morning and falling about, putting the light on and off, banging the door, screaming, laughing, crying, talking loudly, rambling mindlessly, we have been most patient and reasonable. This morning we lost our cool though. Since they have completely ignored the fact that we are sharing a room, Patti and I got up at 6.30am and made a lot of noise, rustling, sorting, coughing, laughing, singing, tripping over their bags and yelling, “Oops!” and telling one another jokes until we had woken all of them up.
Yes I know, It`s childish.
We took a cruiser down the Hudson River past all of the Manhatten skyline which is a treat in itself. We sailed on into the East River past a tumble down beautiful brick building that was once a hospital where people with leprosy were looked after. It`s going to be demolished which I think is a terrible shame. Eventually we reached the Harlem River and sailed on past Spanish Harlem where there is a rose….. alongside Harlem itself, back around the Jersey Pallisades and Inman Park (my married name was Inman so that was rather nice). Both these last two places I mention are quite staggeringly beautiful and I wasn`t expecting so much wild countryside in New York. It was a fascinating trip under some magnificent bridge architecture and we both really, really enjoyed the day. It was sunny to boot!
Tomorrow is our last proper day before catching our flight home. my own bed! My own bath……..