Days 1 & 2 - New York
1995 - Day One - Arrival in
After having being picked up by minicoach at the airport by a very nice lady from the tour company, very loud and flamboyant with an interesting hat, we arrived at the Milford Plaza Hotel in
This was to be our first introduction to the fact that
This was just too much to face at what for us was the middle of the night, and after picking at it for a while, gave up and went up to bed! In the following weeks Mum would valiently attempt to specify she wanted a small portion as she only had a small appetite at her age, but it was to no avail and in the end gave up, accepted what she was given and just ate what she could. But it always irked her to see the amount of waste food going back to the kitchens.
1996 - Day One - Arrival in
After checking in at Heathrow we had no problem having to hang around waiting for our flight as Terminal 3 is much better than Terminal 4. There were lots of shops and entertain us until our flight was called and then it was straight on to the plane.
The flight was very long (71/2 hrs), we took off at 10am GMT and landed at 12.30 EST and after getting through customs with no problems and picking up our luggage we just picked up a taxi at the airport to take us into Manhattan. We were staying at the Lexington Hotel on
After we’d eaten we went for a walk down
After this excursion we were both very tired and returned to the hotel, which conveniently was not far, and went to bed. OK so it might only have been local time but to us it was 11.30 and it had been a very long day! We had to put in ear plugs due to the noise from the city roar which we weren’t used to and the beds were very hard. We could also have done with another blanket and we found the pillows very awkward. Slept fitfully, but woke not feeling too bad and definitely felt better once we’d had breakfast.
1995 Day Two –
It was a lovely, warm and sunny day and after breakfast of pancakes and syrup we went off on a coach tour of the city, up to
After coffee we wandered through
We enjoyed lovely views of the Statue of Liberty and the
After all this gadding about we were both very tired as we were still jet lagged so got a taxi back to the hotel on
1996 Day Two –
After breakfast we walked up
After our lovely carriage ride we were dropped off at the Plaza Hotel and crossed the road to Planet Hollywood for lunch and after a long wait had chicken pot pie with a salad. (We weren’t impressed!) The walls are covered in movie memorabilia and we sat at a table underneath the actual machine in a suitcase that ET used to phone home! We also saw the bike Arnie used in the Terminator movies and the robe Sly Stallone wore in the Rocky movies. Also on the wall was the brown suit Jimmy Cagney wore in the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy. I never realised just how small he must have been! I couldn’t resist buying a souvenir T-shirt and pin before leaving J
After returning to freshen up in the hotel we walked down Lexington Avenue to 34th Street and had a look round Maceys Department store, which is huge and exhausting, and then went up the Empire State Building and went for a simulator ride on the SkyRide, then went up to the Observation Deck and waited for the lights to come on across the city as it went dark. We had fabulous views of