So today let’s start my holiday recap with our first official day in New York.
You can read about our (mis)adventures getting to New York here. We finally reached our hotel at about 4am still wide awake and bushy tailed (time zones are devious indeed). We slept for a few hours and woke up early, refreshed and ready to immerse ourselves in the city.
We started off our day in Lower Manhattan at the 9/11 memorial. Being at the site brought back vivid memories of coming home from school and seeing all the news channels ablaze with the horrifying news. At the time it was incomprehensible, unimaginable and even as I watched the scenes unfold before my eyes, unbelievable.
Being at the memorial reminded me of the thousands of lives needlessly lost that day. You can’t help but be touched by the spirit of the place – the endless cascade of the waterfalls, the sunlight dappling the tree dotted plaza and the ever present few standing with bowed heads gently running their fingers over the names of a lost loved one carved into the plaques.
It made me wonder about all those untold stories – fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, friends… how many lives touched in one way or another by this tragedy.
In my next update, we’ll cover the rest of what we did on Day 1. I promise it will not be as melancholy as this post. The rest of our days in the Big Apple were not as packed as this first day so it should be easy to wrap up in one post per day (if not less!).
Until next time…
6 thoughts on “Day 1, Part 1 – New York”
I’ve been here for about two months now and I still haven’t really had a chance to site see. When I was little, my family took a vacation to New York and the Hamptons and my parents opted not to take us to the twin towers thinking us kids would whine with boredom. That was one month before 9/11. Next time I get some free time, I’m going to try to go there. It’s a bit over due.
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Hello dear! A thousand apologies for missing your comment. I only noticed it when I was going back through old posts and making some updates to my site. So so sorry…
I hope by now you’ve finally managed to squeeze in some sight seeing. I often find that we tend to miss doing the touristy things in our place of residence. Would you believe I have been to the observatories in both the ESB and the Rockefeller but have yet to visit the Burj Khalifa observatory, the tallest building in the world and a mere hour or two away from where I live?! 😀
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