The day started with a visit to Ground Zero. It’s hard to put into words the eerie mood as you see the footprint of where the towers once stood, and seeing all of the names of the people who lost their lives engraved around the edge of the waterfalls is a moving experience.
On our first evening here we saw the two beams of light that act as a memorial for the World Trade Centre. Being tourists we just assumed that they were lit up every evening, but it turns out they only turn them on on September 11th, and we’d managed to see them being tested ahead of the 11th in a few days time.
After Ground Zero, we took a boat around lower Manhattan to Brooklyn, and then walked across the Brooklyn Bridge back into Manhattan. The views of NYC from Brooklyn and the bridge were amazing!
We then hopped on another boat which took us past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The statue seemed surprisingly small compared to how we’d imagined it, and the base which it stands on is almost as big as the statue itself. We came off the boat in an area called the Meatpacking District and then walked through Greenwich Village, Soho and Tribeca as we made our way back to the hotel, stopping for dinner and a few bars along the way.
In the evening we headed back to Greenwich Village and spent the rest of our time tucking into various beers and shots, hence the reason I’m writing this with a sore head and feeling sorry for myself! We’ll be leaving NYC this morning and making our way to Washington.
Next stop Washington DC