Weather is still hot, though I think it
may have cooled a little. Had omelette for breakfast in a café
near Central Park.
It seems strange that in a culture that
emphases looks in the media, you can't get a small breakfast. After
breakfast we headed downtown and then went for a ride on the Statten
Island ferry past the statue of liberty.
The breeze on the ferry was nice as the
day seems to be getting ever hotter.
After that we went to the
empire state building. The queue was over an hour long so we paid
more for an express pass that lets you skip all the queues. The views
from the top were amazing, though it was strange looking at where the
twin towers used to be.
Then we went to Macy's but were
disappointed to find that they didn't really have a toy section.
However, the children's clothes section went up to age 20. Some of
the escalators were old, wooden ones that seem to take you back to a
We then headed back to Times Square and had a few
beers before a shower and a rest. We then set of for Little Italy and
this time managed to find it.
We found a nice restraint. To start
with I had clams and Andrew had a massive mixed plate which was a
meal in itself. For main course Andrew had ravioli and I had big
squares of pasta in a creamy ham and mushroom sauce. It was very nice
but very filling and I couldn't eat it all. We also had a bread
basket with plain bread, cheese and onion and tomato and basil bread,
which tasted very nice and this was all washed down with some
excellent wine, though the waiter seemed to be filling my glass up
more than Andrew's.
After that we had a few beers before
heading back to the hotel. I was amused on the subway to see a 50ish
year old grey haired bloke in a check shirt and shorts, looking very
respectable reading a thick heavy hard back book with no dust jacket.
A quick glance revealed the chapter title to be The Slug Club and a
quick glance at the spine confirmed that it was Harry Potter and the
Half Blood Prince.
Still no news from the Australian High
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