Off to “The City!”

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I hope that you all know that I am not arrogant, or I certainly hope you do.  But I have to say that I love New York…the state yes, but especially The City!  Living in New York state and sharing a name with the city, people say, I am going to “the city” and I have to confess, to me and lots of people, New York is “The City.” How can that be as many of you live in cities or in countries with much larger cities? Yup…but N Y C was the home of the first skyscrapers, the Flatiron Building and later the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building and of course the World Trade Center. To us, New York is forever the model for all the rest of the cities in the world. Irrational…maybe but you will never convince me it is not true!

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We will leave Albany at 7:30 am and ride to the city on a megabus. It is the same company that has the red double decker buses in London. There are these  buses  up and down the East Coast.  And the price is so reasonable. For the three of us to go tomorrow, it is $44.50 return ,total!  Amazing. That wouldn’t buy a one way ticket on the train.  I will tell you about our time in New York when we return but wanted to leave  you with some pictures that we probably won’t see this trip, but we have seen and enjoyed on previous trips.

NYC-Skyline-1The density of the buildings never ceases to amaze me!  The Chrysler Building has the crown that resembles car hub caps.

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A closer shot of my favorite building , the Chrysler Building.

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Another favorite is the Empire State Building…from James and the Giant Peach  and King Kong.

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Great shot of Empire State Building.

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This is the amazing site of World Trade Center. There are two large square waterfall pools  on the footprints of the original buildings.  Around the edges are the names of the people who were in each of the twin towers. Their  loved ones can come and touch the names as the sound of the falling water fills the air. The edges are built so that if the mourners or visitors want to touch the water, it is possible under the edges with the names engraved. The arrangement is not alphabetical order as you can see. Names were grouped together of people who worked together , or friends. There is a story of two men who only met the morning of September 11, 2001. They tried to escape together down the stairs , and tragically never got out alive. Their names are side by side.  The names of the victims who died on any of the 4 planes and in the Pentagon in Washington are included as well.  The names of all the victims on that dark day will forever be together at the former site of the World Trade Center.  The museum will open in a few months and I will  be there as soon as possible.  I saw the fountains and names last summer.  The names that seem to  go on and on and the running water  over the sacred ground is moving beyond words.  Someday,  I will tell you our 9/11 story.

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No trip to New York would be complete without at least a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. She is just reopened again after damage from the storms last year. The statue was given to the US from our allies the French on the  100th birthday of America in 1876.

Our trip tomorrow is to give Alice an unforgettable 7 year old birthday experience.

Ta ta for now!

Namaste. . . . .T I N Y C

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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22 Responses to Off to “The City!”

  1. It is one for our family’s favorite places to visit 🙂

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  2. Trapper Gale says:

    Fun to visit, but as for me, I prefer the wide open spaces of the West. :). Enjoy your trip.

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  3. Anne – I completely agree – your second sentence sums up my sentiments exactly! I love NYC also. I wish the cost to travel there round trip was as wonderful as you folks near Albany! Im really enjoying your blog lots, and these photos are impressive!

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  4. Catherine says:

    Hi Anne … I see you are using the free version of Word Press for your blog.  Was there a reason you chose this over Blogger or the paid version of Word Press?  I am thinking about blogging family history/stories for my family.  I am a google fan and have read pros & cons to each.  Please give me your opinion.  Thanks!

    Mit herzlichen Grüßen und Gottes Segen, Cathy  

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    • annetbell says:

      I wish I could be of help to you , but I am not very tech savvy. I got my domain name from GoDaddy. com after my son told me to do that. I didn’t start blogging for over a month and one of the lovely , patient, very bright students set it up for me. I haven’t seen the need to do anything else, because it is working and I really wouldn’t know how! Sorry! I am sure it is partly a generational thing and the fact that I just am not very good with it all. I hope you can find someone to help you and best wishes!
      Namaste. . . .Anne

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  5. Great post. Reeeeallllly enjoyed it. I’m from Chicago and I LOVE skyscrapers. Your photographs are fabulous and I loved the words and pictures:)

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    • annetbell says:

      Chicago is a great city, as well. My only problem there is that every time I have been there, winter, spring, summer of fall, I was COLD! We lived in Kansas for several years. I love the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings! Namaste….Anne

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  6. Very nice piece about one of my own favorite cities, and some great photos in the morning light!

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  7. A very nice piece about one of my own favorite cities, and some great photos in the early morning light 🙂

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  8. I LOVE New York Too! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Heartafire says:

    I’m in a NY state of mind right now!

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