Day 3 of New York involved a lot of sight seeing! This was the only real day we were heading to the bottom of the city and there is a lot to see and fit in. First stop was Liberty Island and after a quick ferry in the beautiful weather we were there! We only had standard tickets so didn’t get to climb the statute instead family selfies and awkward angled photos were on the agenda. I have to say I thought the statue would be a lot bigger but it was still an amazing sight to tick off the to do list! Our tickets did include tickets to Ellis Island but we skipped this as we had so much to fit in.
Back on dry land and next on the itinerary was a wander around the Financial District. It was incredible to see such a historical street with landmarks including Federal Hall and the Charging Bull (which was incredibly difficult to photograph as there were so many tourists there). Our final stop was the 9/11 memorial which was incredibly heartbreaking and emotional. You can still see the devastation on the surrounding buildings years after but I think what really hits home is the two gaping holes in the ground where the Twin Towers use to stand tall. These have been turned into simple, stunning fountains in memory of those sadly taken from us. I can’t even begin to explain the wave of emotions that hits you its incredibly eye-opening and deeply upsetting. The rest of the day was spent eating, shopping and relaxing after several days of non-stop walking we were all thankful to have an evening free to laze around inspecting new purchases…but more of those later!
Day 4 was very special for me as we got to meet our Aunty Linda for the first time as unfortunately she is too poorly to travel back home for visits. It was so good to catch up and have a good old gossip in person after years of jabbering away on the phone! My Aunty June was also there and it was just perfect seeing them both together. We spent the afternoon in the Hotel cafe exchanging life stories and catching up: by far my favourite part of the holiday!
That evening we had tickets to see Rudimental live at Terminal 5 with Sigma as the supporting act. We were all stoked and after a quick change we set off on our way there. As we were such eager beavers we had a couple of hours to kill so we walked around Grand Central Station and saw the Chrysler Building, followed by what else but shopping!! Me and mum spent forever in Bath & Body works much to my Dad and Brother’s grunts and then a very lengthy wander around Sak’s where my wishlist quickly multiplied!
After a quick taxi to Terminal 5 we arrived at the venue which is absolutely massive. There are three floors: downstairs was standing with the stage located at the front, with two balcony levels and a rooftop bar/ smoking area. We managed to squeeze into the front of the first balcony after a lot of pushing and shoving where the view of the show was just perfect. The performance was incredible, Rudimental are one of my favourite bands and they played all the usual favourites in such an incredible venue with a booming atmosphere. By the time we all got home we were exhausted so after a quick stop at Maccy D’s it was straight to bed ready for our final full day in New York City!