Friday 3 April 2015

America/Canada Adventure Part 12......

So here we are, our last full day in New York and the end of our America/Canada Adventure.  Of course we made the most of it!

After breakfast we set off walking to try to find a specific souvenir - a bead charm for my bracelet.    MWM bought me a bead of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and a Swaroski Crystal Heart from Verona, Italy, and now I wanted something to remind me of our time in New York.    We looked in various jewellers but couldn't just find what I wanted.  Then we found ourselves at another place on our 'to do' list, Macy's.

Unfortunately I didn't find what I wanted in there either but we did enjoy spending an hour looking round this iconic store.    Using Macy's WiFi I checked online to see if there was a Pandora shop nearby and there was - just across the way - so we headed there and I found exactly what I wanted, an Apple with NYC on it!

After an enjoyable morning shopping we headed back to Times Square to get a coffee before meeting up with yet another blogging friend, Daryl  (Out & About in New York City) for lunch.     I had arranged the meeting with Daryl before we arrived in NYC and we went to meet her at her place of work on Times Square.    Daryl was just like her photographs and I recognised her straight away!
We left the venue for lunch to Daryl and she walked us a short way to the Brooklyn Diner on W43rd Street.

We had a great lunch and converation with Daryl, it was fantastic to be able to meet up with her after years of being online friends.

 After saying goodbye to Daryl, who unfortunately had to go back to work, we decided to go to Greenwich Village, another place on our 'to do' list, so we started walking down 6th Avenue getting as far as 20th Street before we hailed a yellow cab to the Village.  Getting out of the cab at  the junction of Blecker Street and Charles Street we walked around taking photos.

We then stopped for a beer before heading back through Tribeca, originally written as TriBeCa, a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. Its name is an acronym from "Triangle Below Canal Street". The "triangle", which is actually more of a trapezoidal shape, is bounded by Canal Street, West Street, Broadway, and either Chambers or Vesey Streets.

MWM looked longingly at the cars in this showroom
until I dragged him away.   We decided we'd done enough walking so hailed a yellow cab for the journey back to our hotel, which I couldn't resist filming from the back seat.  If you've never experienced a New York Yellow Cab ride you can experience it by watching the video below.  Our driver was a perfect gentleman until some idiot crossed right in front of our cab without warning.  Turn the sound up about 3 minutes in to hear what he said!  LOL

Back in Times Square we sat for a while watching the world go by,

before going for another short walk to Bryant Park to watch people doing their daily workout.

We headed back to the hotel for a short rest asking the concierge if he could recommend a nice Italian Restaurant where we could eat that night.  He recommended Appetito and gave us directions.   We found it quite easily and didn't need a reservation.
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 We enjoyed a lovely last dinner of our vacation with a nice bottle of wine,

before heading back to our hotel and a good night's sleep in preparation for our trip home the following day.

Our flight home wasn't until late afternoon so we had the morning the pack and grab a sandwich before being picked up for the journey to the airport.

We had a marvelous time seeing all the iconic places on our America/Canada Adventure.  We saw all the places on our bucket list, which we had compiled before we started the journey, met up with three blog friends (Linda in Boston, Ann in Montreal and Daryl in New York) and my oldest school friend Kay in Toronto.

I hope you enjoyed our adventure as much as we did and I hope you get to see all those places for yourself one day, if you haven't already.

My next post will be about our trip to Italy in May 2014, before we visit Italy again, albeit a different part, in May 2015!

I hope you'll join me.